Notable Work

Building a future for Burning Man

When world-renowned Burning Man sought to transition from a privately held company to a nonprofit, they turned to the firm’s senior lawyer Brooke Oliver.
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Protecting the trademark “Dykes on Bikes”

The firm prosecuted registration of the trademark “Dykes on Bikes” all the way to the United States Supreme Court. This was a major victory for the LGBT community and a landmark trademark law decision.
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Outside General Counsel for Largest Anime Convention in North America

As Outside General Counsel for The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit and producer of Anime Expo (AX), Anime Conji, and Project Anime, we helped Anime Expo grow to nearly 80,000 attendees.
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Landmark decision for Visual Artists’ Rights Act claims

The firm is recognized as one of the nation’s premier litigators of Visual Artists’ Rights Act claims, including the landmark Campusano v. Cort case. Campusano v. Cort, No. C98-3001-MJJ (N.D. Cal 1998).
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Protecting “Si Se Puede”

The firm successfully brought an action before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board opposing an airline’s attempt to register the United Farm Workers Union’s famous slogan, “Si Se Puede,” and secured federal registration of the mark for the Union.
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Standing up for Dolores Huerta

The firm has protected Latina icon Dolores Huerta’s publicity rights from infringement in a major corporation’s advertising campaign, and served for many years as Outside General Counsel for the Dolores Huerta Foundation.

Freeing Greek gods to inspire gamers

This firm successfully defended Sony Computer Entertainment America’s God of War video game in a high-stakes copyright infringement case. We obtained summary judgment for defendants SCEA and game creator David Jaffe, upholding the right of game developers and artists to draw freely from the inspiration of public domain Greek myth. Bissoon-Dath v. Sony Computer Entm’t Am., Inc., 694 F.Supp.2d 1071 (N.D. Cal. 2010) aff’d. Dath v. Sony Computer Entm’t Am., Inc., 653 F.3d 898 (9th Cir. 2011).
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Legal victory for music legends

The firm litigated and successfully resolved a diversity jurisdiction publicity rights action by the estates of music legends Jerry Garcia, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Barry White and Miles Davis against a national restaurant franchisor, creating an unprecedented collaboration among those legends’ heirs and successor companies. Press coverage can be found on CNN and NBC News. The firm is particularly proud to have a retainer agreement signed by none less than Yoko Ono.