Experience

United Commercial Bank

Defending former officer of failed bank in defense of securities class action, bankruptcy trustee action, FDIC enforcement and administrative actions and related government investigations.  Cho v. UCBH Holdings, Inc., et al., Northern District of California, CV-09-4208-JSW; CV-09-4429-JSW; CV-09-4449-JSW; CV-09-4513-JSW; CV-09-4505-JSW

Atmel Corporation v. Ericsson

We represented Atmel, a leading semiconductor manufacturer, in a multi-week arbitration through which we obtained an award of over $43 million arising from Ericsson's misappropriation of Atmel's patented AVR microcontroller technology and Ericsson's multiple breaches of the parties' license agreement.  The International Centre for Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration Tribunal also awarded Atmel a permanent injunction prohibiting Ericsson from continued misappropriation of Atmel's proprietary technology.

Fyock v. City of Sunnyvale

Defeated a Ninth Circuit appeal of the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction motion in a high-profile case challenging a local gun safety ordinance on Second Amendment grounds, including defeating requests for an emergency stay of the ordinance made to the Ninth Circuit and then the U.S. Supreme Court. 779 F.3d 991 (9th Cir. 2015)

Disney Enterprises, Inc. et al. v Hotfile Corp., et al.

We represent an internet file-hosting company against copyright infringement claims brought by five major movie studios in federal district court in Florida.  The case involves cutting-edge issues of law under the DMCA, the Stored Communications Act and the Copyright Act in the cloud-computing context. 

SEC v. Leslie

We represented a former software company CEO in defense of a civil enforcement action brought by the SEC alleging accounting improprieties. After obtaining a ruling on summary judgment that significantly narrowed the claims against our client, we negotiated a favorable settlement with the SEC.

United Commercial Bank

We represent a former bank executive in multiple lawsuits and administrative proceedings stemming from a high-profile bank failure, including breach of fiduciary action and an FDIC investigation regarding claims of more than $500 million. 

Firm Highlights

Publication

Are You Background Checking Your Contractors? If So, Exercise Caution.

Employers who use background checks in their hiring processes are likely aware of the various requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analogous state statutes. They must provide clear disclosures and obtain...

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What California’s New Security Law Means to Your Business

Commonsense IoT security steps that startups and small business should consider to comply with California’s new law California recently enacted a new law, Senate Bill 327, that requires companies that make Internet of Things...

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Lysondra Ludwig Selected to Leadership San Francisco

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Nonprofits and the California Consumer Privacy Act

The new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) will come into effect January 1, 2020. In most situations, nonprofits won’t be subject to the law—but in some cases they necessarily will be and/or...

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The Legal 500 United States 2019 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Practices & Attorneys

The 2019 edition of Legal 500 United States recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the top firms in the Construction, Land Use/Zoning, and Not-for-Profit practice areas. Recognized attorneys include: Construction Adam Dawson CJ Higley...

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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JIOP Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Matayoshi

Kelly Matayoshi discusses how the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program helped her career and what she'd say to students undecided about applying for an internship. Read the interview here .

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Accessory Dwelling Units Authorized in New Construction

New legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on June 18 now authorizes the addition of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in new construction projects for single-family homes and multi-family buildings. The City...

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Bay Area Opportunity Zones 2.0

On the heels of recently released regulation by the US government, we dive back into the state of OZs in the Bay Area. What You'll Learn What are the most important takeaways from the...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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