May 1 2023

In Memoriam Philip M. Jelley

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our colleague, mentor, and friend, Philip M. Jelley, on April 5, 2023 at the age of 91. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1956, Phil joined legacy firm, Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley. He became partner in 1961 and focused his practice on general […]

Apr 14 2023

In Memoriam Gerald C. Smith

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce our colleague and friend, Gerald “Jerry” Smith, passed away on March 30, 2023 at the age of 82. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Jerry joined legacy firm, Fitzgerald, Abbott and Beardsley, where he became partner and focused his […]

Apr 3 2023

Partner Daniel Schacht Named to Billboard’s 2023 “Top Music Lawyers” List

Billboard recognized Daniel’s major clients and achievements from the past year, and mentioned that, “in his eight years as a partner, Schacht has expanded Donahue Fitzgerald’s clientele to include newer artists such as singer-songwriter mxmtoon, adding to its powerhouse roster of legacy artists including Santana, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and songwriting duo Cynthia Weil & Barry […]

Mar 15 2023

Partner Maureen M. Duffy Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Maureen Duffy is a partner with over 20 years of significant, sophisticated and, most importantly, “hands-on” experience providing both U.S. domestic and international employment advice and counsel to all levels of management. She brings a practical, problem-solving orientation to her work in counseling, negotiations, arbitrations, litigation, and mediation. Maureen regularly represents clients in hi-tech, health […]

Feb 16 2023

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down California’s Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

According to the panel majority, “Because FAA’s purpose is to further Congress’s policy of encouraging arbitration, and AB 51 stands as an obstacle to that purpose, AB 51 is therefore preempted.” The three-judge panel had partially upheld AB 51 in a 2021 ruling but a year later it decided to withdraw its prior ruling and […]

Feb 13 2023

Donahue Fitzgerald Recognized in the World Trademark Review’s 2023 WTR 1000 Ranking

The WTR cites leading trademark practitioners globally. Among top practitioners, WTR described IP attorney, Jonathan Osder as the “go-to for technology – particularly software – matters.” California State Board Certified Legal Specialist in Franchise and Distribution, Dawn Newton, is recognized “as a leading specialist regarding franchising.” WTR notes that Music and Entertainment chair and IP […]

Jan 30 2023

Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) – Cal/OSHA Update

On December 15, 2022, Non-Emergency COVID-19 Prevention Regulations were adopted and will become effective in the month of January 2023 once approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The ETS will remain in effect until the OAL replaces it with a “permanent” regulation. Once approved, the permanent regulation will be in effect for two […]

Jan 20 2023

Paying Post-Termination Streaming Royalties to Creators and Their Heirs Is “Common Sense”: Recent Comments on the Proposed Rule on Termination Rights Under the Music Modernization Act

The policy of the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), which was created by the recent Music Modernization Act to handle streaming rights and income, has been to pay these royalties to the terminated publishers who originally entered into the streaming agreement. In response to this policy, the Copyright Office proposed a new rule (87 FR 64405, […]

Jan 9 2023

In Memoriam Wilfrid F. Roberge, Jr.

It is with great sadness that we announce that our colleague and friend, Wilfrid F. Roberge, Jr., passed away on December 18, 2022 at the age of 83. Wil served for two years as an enlisted attorney with the U.S. Army after graduating from Stanford Law School. Following his service in Vietnam, Wil joined legacy […]

Dec 20 2022

Associate Nathan Desai Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Nathan joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Business and Corporate and Real Estate practice. He assists clients on litigation and transactional matters, including real estate acquisitions, business disputes, and commercial agreements. While in law school, Nathan was a director of the Berkeley Law Workers’ Rights Clinic and a senior executive editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and […]