The Law Offices of David A. Makman — Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Our lawyers represent corporate clients in mediation, arbitration, negotiations or litigation in state or federal courts, to resolve legal issues related to:

  • Intellectual property, including patents trademarks and copyrights
  • Financial disputes, including investment disputes
  • Cases of breach of contract or fiduciary duty
  • Landlord-tenant disputes

Employment Law

We have experience representing clients in labor and employment disputes in California state and federal courts and before the labor board. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants.  

Our attorneys have resolved employment disputes involving everything from actions involving wage claims to matters involving misclassification of employees, wrongful termination, discrimination, hostile work environment, sexual harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims.

Patent Litigation

Although we are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, patent litigation takes place in federal court and we can appear pro hac vice on a patent case anywhere in the United States.

Our lawyers have appeared in cases in federal court in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno Denver and Portland.  We also have experience in California courts in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Santa Clara, and Alemeda.

In terms of technologies, our lawyers have worked on cases in the following areas:

  • Semiconductor manufacturing (including test and burn-in sockets, analog power supply control circuits, laser lithography, eCad software)
  • Automotive products
  • Digital Television
  • Fair and reasonable non-discriminatory licensing of patented technology in the standards context
  • Telecommunications
  • Asphalt paving technologies

IP Litigation

IP Trademark and Unfair Competition Litigation Attorneys Serving U.S. and Asian Clients

Although we are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, IP litigation takes place in federal court and we can appear pro hac vice on a IP case anywhere in the United States.

Our lawyers have handled disputes involving software IP and have consulted on a range of matters including IP clearance and issues relating to publishing and freedom of speech under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

We also handle trademark and unfair competition litigation.

Legal Advice for Entrepreneurs

Legal Advice for the Technology Entrepreneur Attorneys Serving U.S. and Asian Clients

We provide legal advice to technology companies on the full range of legal issues that are of interest to entrepreneurs.

Our experienced lawyers advise on building a intellectual property portfolio to match your business plan. This includes advice on when to rely on copyright, patent, trademark, or trade secret law. It also includes advising on transactional matters, such as licensing and joint development agreements.

We also have access, through our network, to attorneys who can help with financing and private equity. Our affiliates, Landon Prieur and his firm are available to help on such matters. See

Local Counsel Services

The Law Offices of David A. Makman has served as local counsel in numerous matters that were either filed in or transferred to California state and federal courts.

Since we too work with local counsel in our out-of-state cases, we understand the need for local counsel who can do as much, or as little, as the client and their counsel desire, while at the same time providing valuable insights into local practice, custom, and protocol.

We are available as local counsel in the Northern District of California, as well as California  state courts in the bay area.

If you need experienced local counsel for a California state or federal court matter, please consider contacting us.