Anthony P. Schoenberg

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Anthony P. Schoenberg maintains a commercial litigation and trial practice focusing on intellectual property matters, complex business and technology disputes, construction and real estate disputes, and the defense of corporate officers and directors.  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 in a trade secret action in federal court.  In another recent matter, Mr. Schoenberg attained the complete dismissal of his client at the pleading stage in a real estate fraud action.  Mr. Schoenberg regularly represents one of the world's largest solar developers in disputes related to the construction of utility-scale solar projects.  Other recent matters have included the defense of an Internet file-host against copyright infringement claims brought by five major movie studios, the representation of a high profile Internet services company in a complex commercial dispute involving media measurement technology, and the representation of a high-end vineyard in a real property dispute.  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.

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 Board of Directors and the Leadership Council of the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco.