Nov 22 2021

Associate Sami Kazi Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Sami joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Intellectual Property, Music and Entertainment, and Business and Corporate practices. He is a music and entertainment associate with a focus on the legal and business interests of recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, agents, and other entertainment-industry clients. In addition to music, he handles trademark and copyright issues for clients involved in […]

Nov 4 2021

Donahue Fitzgerald Ranked in Top Tier of 2022 “Best Law Firms”

Firms included in the 2022 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, which recognizes the top 5 percent of private practicing attorneys in the U.S. Receiving a Tier 1 […]

Nov 2 2021

Artist Team – Attorney

Entertainment Lawyers possess a large skill set and are approached by clients who may require various services, some of which may include (but are not limited to) negotiations, legal planning, asset protection, and contract reviewing or drafting. Because of this, no day as an Entertainment Attorney is ever the same! “You really have to have […]

Oct 8 2021

Associate Hayley Lenahan Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Hayley joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Litigation practice. She has experience litigating corporate, complex commercial, and trusts & estates disputes as well as counseling clients on statutory and fiduciary duties. She began her career as a clerk for the Honorable Eric M. Davis of the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, where she worked on sophisticated disputes […]

Sep 24 2021

Senior Counsel Kelly Rowland Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Kelly joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Business and Corporate practice. She represents clients on a broad range of corporate, business, and real estate matters, such as: Business formations and dissolutions Mergers and acquisitions Corporate governance and operational issues Commercial agreements Kelly earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. […]

Sep 10 2021

Feeling at Home: Bay Area Real Estate Lawyers Deal with the Deeply Personal

A real estate lawyer is generally defined as an attorney who either litigates real estate cases or handles the legal aspect of a real estate transaction. They can evaluate any offers a seller makes or a buyer receives to ensure that their parties’ interests are protected, and that everyone’s responsibilities in the transaction are clearly […]

Aug 19 2021

Donahue Fitzgerald Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2022 Edition

Dawn Newton, Franchise Law Kristin A. Pace, Tax Law Merrill J. Schwartz, Corporate Law Philip M. Jelley, Tax Law Wilfrid F. Roberge, Jr., Trusts and Estates Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers in America rankings are based solely on […]

Aug 18 2021

Senior Counsel Diea D. Schum Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Diea joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Litigation, Real Estate, and Construction practices. She handles all phases of the litigation process, including appellate practice. Diea is an effective litigator who is not afraid to tackle the most complicated legal issues and tailors her approach to each client based on their objectives. Prior to joining the firm, Diea was […]

Jul 29 2021

Franchising and Trademarks: Where, Why and How?

Franchise definitional elements All franchise agreements are trademark licences, but not all trademark licences are franchise agreements. Although the statutory language varies among jurisdictions, a classic franchise has three core elements: The licensor grants the licensee a right to use licensor’s trademark. The licensee pays the licensor a fee, other than the wholesale price of […]

Jul 27 2021

Senior Counsel Debbie Y. Chin Joins Donahue Fitzgerald

Debbie joins Donahue Fitzgerald’s Trusts and Estates and Tax practices. She focuses on sophisticated estate planning, wealth transfer planning, and tax planning for individuals and families. Debbie assists clients on the preparation and implementation of tax efficient plans for wealth preservation and transfers using a combination of strategies, such as grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), […]