Anthony P. Schoenberg maintains a commercial litigation and trial practice focusing on intellectual property matters, complex business and technology disputes, and the defense of corporate officers and directors, with a particular focus on Internet and technology clients. He is a seasoned courtroom advocate who has significant jury trial experience. Mr. Schoenberg is a founding member and chair of Farella’s Internet Law Group and E-Discovery Task Force.
Mr. Schoenberg recently obtained summary judgment of all claims in favor of his client, a technology executive, in a trade secret action in federal court. In another recent matter, Mr. Schoenberg attained the complete dismissal of one client and eliminated significant claims against his other clients at the pleading stage in a real estate fraud action. Other recent matters have included the defense of an Internet file-host against copyright infringement claims brought by five major movie studios, and the representation of a high profile Internet services company in a complex commercial dispute involving media measurement technology. Mr. Schoenberg was previously part of a team that obtained a $43 million judgment in a trade secret action on behalf of a computer chip manufacturer. He has also represented clients in disputes concerning trademarks, technology agreements, software development projects, and commercial real estate.
Mr. Schoenberg defends corporate officers and directors in government enforcement proceedings, including those brought by the SEC and FDIC. He is currently representing a former bank executive in proceedings stemming from a well-publicized bank failure, and he spent several years defending a software CEO against charges of securities fraud, ultimately achieving a highly favorable outcome for his client.
Mr. Schoenberg has long maintained an active pro bono practice, and he is the partner responsible for directing and approving the firm’s pro bono work.. Mr. Schoenberg has provided pro bono representation to numerous clients in federal and state court. He has represented individuals in civil rights litigation, assisted non-profits with intellectual property matters, represented asylum-seekers in United States Immigration Court, and defended numerous tenants in eviction proceedings. He is currently overseeing the firm’s participation in the City of San Francisco’s groundbreaking Right to Civil Counsel pilot program, and he is leading the firm’s pro bono defense of a local municipality against Constitutional challenges to a recently enacted voter initiative.
Mr. Schoenberg serves on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the JDC Leadership Council.