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Mar 1 2018

Associate Michael Perez Joins the Firm’s Walnut Creek Office

Michael joins the firm from Cooley LLP, where he represented emerging and high-growth companies and their investors in connection with company formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings.  Michael received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis and his law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). […]

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Jan 10 2018

New Donahue Fitzgerald Partner Named

Sophia E.C. Schwartz has been named partner at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP. A graduate of the University of California, Hastings School of Law, Ms. Schwartz was recruited by the firm during her second year of law school and has been an associate for the past seven years, concentrating her practice in Business and Corporate and Intellectual […]

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Dec 18 2017

Senior Litigation Associate, Jesse B. McKeithen Joins the Firm’s Oakland Office

Jesse joins the firm from Latham & Watkins LLP, where he handled antitrust cases, regulatory investigations, complex commercial litigation, and class action lawsuits, amongst other types of litigation matters. Jesse received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his law degree from UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from […]

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Dec 14 2017

Employment Partner Andrew Shalauta Joins the Firm’s Oakland Office

Andrew joins the firm from Burnham Brown and has over 20 years of experience practicing law. Andrew has significant experience and expertise in handling litigation for private employers, public entities, and educational institutions. Andrew earned his J.D. from University of Colorado School of Law and his B.A. from University of California, Berkeley. About Donahue Fitzgerald […]

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Nov 1 2017

Donahue Fitzgerald Ranked in Top Tier of 2018 “Best Law Firms”

Donahue Fitzgerald’s Corporate Practice Group specializes in advising public and private companies, from high-tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, regarding corporate transactions, private equity and venture financings, and commercial matters.  Our attorneys represent clients in the formation, financing, operation, and dissolution of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, and regularly advise these entities on corporate […]

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Sep 11 2017

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America© 2018 Edition

OAKLAND (September 11, 2017) – Three attorneys from Donahue Fitzgerald were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018: Dawn Newton, Franchise Law Merrill J. Schwartz, Corporate Law Kristin A. Pace, Tax Law The Best Lawyers in America rankings are based solely on peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of attorneys confidentially evaluate their colleagues. As lawyers do not […]

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Aug 29 2017

Hidden Assets: Licensing Your Company’s Trademarks

Protecting the Brand By Trademark Registration Before a company can engage in any meaningful trademark licensing, it must ensure that its trademarks are federally registered. This is the first step: a comprehensive filing strategy for all domestic and international brands. Start with core registrations for the products on which the marks are already used, and […]

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Jun 27 2017

Supreme Court Rules Trademark Disparagement Provision Unconstitutional

Background Simon Shio Tam filed an application for the mark “THE SLANTS” for “entertainment in the nature of live performances by a musical band.” The examining attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) refused to register the mark, citing that under § 1052(a) of the Lanham Act, the mark was “likely disparaging […]

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May 3 2017

Waiting on Guidance on Berkeley’s Paid Sick Leave Law

The Berkeley ordinance requires employers to pay employees for their time away from work when they or their family members are sick. This local ordinance ups the employer requirements and employee benefits provided by California’s statewide paid sick leave law. Like the California law, Berkeley’s law requires that leave accrue at a rate of at […]

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Feb 10 2017

Donahue Fitzgerald Partner, Jonathan Osder, Receives 2017 Client Choice Award

On February 2, 2017, the International Law Office and Lexology named our partner Jonathan Osder as a recipient of the 2017 Client Choice Awards. Jonathan earned top honors for the state of California for intellectual property in the area of copyright law. Congratulations to Jonathan for being selected for the award from a pool of […]

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