Industry Associations

  • California Hotel & Lodging Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • League of California Cities 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

Alameda County Bar Association (Trial Practice Section, Executive Committee, 2009 - Present)

American Bar Association Conference of Delegates for Alameda County

Bar Association of San Francisco

State Bar of California (Business Litigation Section)

Earl Warren Inn of Court (2005 - Present)

Education

University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.

University of California at Davis, B.A.

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David C. Lee

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With over 15 years of litigation experience, David C. Lee leads M&R's Intellectual Property Practice Group. He focuses his practice on matters relating to the automotive; Internet, software and technology; and hospitality industries.

Mr. Lee handles copyright and trademark claims, trade secrets and Internet domain name disputes. He also provides a variety of business litigation services relating to contractual rights, corporate management and real estate. His clients consist of technology companies and business owners.

Mr. Lee routinely navigates clients through complex business and corporate litigation matters. He represents companies throughout all stages of growth—from early stage entrepreneurs to mature Fortune 500 companies—and provides risk management and general counsel to startups and growing companies involved in intellectual property disputes, breach of royalty agreements and contract negotiations.

Having served as lead counsel on numerous legal matters, Mr. Lee has successfully obtained verdicts in both jury and bench trials, and has prevailed in mediation and arbitration. He has a proven track record of representing clients in appellate court proceedings and has successfully obtained early dismissals of class action lawsuits and other causes of action. 

Education

Mr. Lee received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was Substantive and Survey Editor of the U.S.F. Maritime Law Journal, and a Member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). He earned his B.A. in English from the University of California, Davis.

Awards & Recognitions

In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Mr. Lee was named to the list of Northern California Super Lawyers.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of Contract Defense: Represented a major computer memory retailer in an action alleging breach of contract through the sale of allegedly defective hardware products installed in a global Internet search engine company’s technical infrastructure. Mr. Lee successfully resolved the action in mediation for a fraction of the claimed damages initially sought by the plaintiff. 
  • Breach of Contract: Mr. Lee represented a prolific rock band in an action against its record label for breach of contract concerning royalty payments. Against potential claims of expired limitations periods, Mr. Lee attacked the viability of the underlying recording agreements, and ultimately forced defendant to pay all outstanding royalties to client.
  • Breach of ContractRepresented a large, local, public port in the defense of a $300 million claim brought by a national terminal operator alleging numerous violations, including several against California’s Tidelands Trust Act. 
  • Copyright Infringement: A popular game manufacturer retained Mr. Lee to prosecute a copyright infringement action against a counterfeiting ring comprised of local and China-based corporate and individual defendants who sold knock-off products in the United States and abroad. After extensive discovery efforts, Mr. Lee achieved a stipulated judgment against defendants that required payment to the client of the maximum statutory damages allowable under the law for willful copyright infringement, as well as a permanent injunction against the future sale of counterfeit products.
  • Domain Name Dispute: Represented a local world-renowned science and education museum as a plaintiff in a dual trademark infringement action and domain name dispute against a competing science museum. Mr. Lee successfully prevailed in the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceeding resulting in the forced transfer of defendant’s domain name to client, and thereafter resolved the federal infringement action with defendant’s complete relinquishment of all offending use of client’s trademarks.
  • Software Service Agreements: Mr. Lee represented an emerging software company in negotiations with a global media and entertainment corporation in connection with a valuable business services agreement. Throughout the negotiations, Mr. Lee protected his client’s software development and intellectual property rights resulting in a mutually beneficial transaction.
  • Trademark Infringement: Represented the National Football League Properties, LLP and a local National Football League franchise in multiple trademark infringement and false designation of origin matters against defendants in connection with their unlicensed use of trademarks and sale of merchandise. Through the rapid initiation and prosecution of legal proceedings, clients achieved favorable monetary settlements and consent decrees prohibiting similar future conduct by defendants. 

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