Faculty Partners

Meet Our Partners

Our team of "partners" includes some of the most experienced and respected intellectual property practitioners in the country, who represent both emerging and established companies, including many high-profile clients.

  • Aaron Schwabach


    Expertise: Internet Law & Fan Fiction

    IP Books:

    Fan Fiction and Copyright: Outsider Works and Intellectual Property Protection (Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publ. 2011)

    Intellectual Property: A Reference Handbook (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO 2007)

    Internet and The Law: Technology, Society, and Compromises (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO 2005)

  • Brenda Simon


    Former Attorney, Fenwick & West, Patent & Litigation Groups

    Expertise: Patent Law

  • Eric Lane


    Alumnus: Luce Forward, Heller Ehrman; Morgan & Finnegan (New York)

    Counseled: San Diego Chargers, Larry Flynt's nephews

    Voted: Legal Media Group Cleantech 100 Top 100 Cleantech practitioners 2013; Green Patent Blog voted Lexis Top 50 Environmental/Climate Change Blogs 2011

    Expertise: Patent, Trademark, Legal Blogging

  • Jeff W. Slattery


    Previously in solo and boutique arts-focused practices

    Represented: Loet Vanderveen, Brian Goggin, and Gyongy LakyExpertise: Art Law, Music Law, Entertainment Law, Copyright, Trademark, Publicity RightsVoted: San Diego Top Attorney (2012)Director: TJSL Art & Entertainment Law Project

  • Julie Cromer Young


    Former Attorney, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (currently KL Gates), Baker & McKenzie, and McDermott, Will, & Emery, Chicago, Illinois

    Expertise: Copyright, Trademark, International IP

    Director: TJSL Center for Law and Intellectual Property

  • K.J. Greene


    Former Attorney, Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Frankfurk, Garbus, Klein & Selz, New York

    Represented: Time-Warner\HBO, Public Enemy, Spike Lee, George Clinton

    Expertise: Copyright, Trademark, Publicity Rights, Entertainment Law, Music Law

    Voted: Top Ten IP Attorney in San Diego (2005)

    Former U.S. Marine

  • Kristen Gonzales Roberts


    Kristen Gonzales Roberts is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Trestle Law, which provides business, employment, intellectual property, and litigation solutions for individuals and business owners throughout Southern California. Roberts provides custom branding consultation and works to develop and protect the intellectual property of her clients. She has experience litigating opposition and cancellation proceedings before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and has also litigated trademark infringement matters in the U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California. Further, Roberts provides businesses ranging from 2-5,000 employees with general counsel representation, and has rendered services in all areas of corporate, employment, and contractual law.

  • Lalitha Rao


    Lalitha Rao is an intellectual property attorney located in San Diego, CA and is admitted to the USPTO. Her practice focuses on patent prosecution, trademark prosecution and technology licensing. She has represented and worked with entrepreneurs, early-stage companies, large companies and academic institutions and was recognized as a Rhode Island Super Lawyer - Rising Star Intellectual Property. Lalitha worked in the general counsel’s office of the University of Massachusetts, supporting research,  technology transfer and faculty literary and artistic endeavors. She has an engineering degree in Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and has worked as an engineer in the Silicon Valley. Lalitha loves the theatre and is a Board Member for Scripps Ranch Theatre. In her spare time, Lalitha enjoys spending time with her family, biking and exploring San Diego.

  • Randy M. Grossman


    Certified Player Agent by Major League Baseball Player's Association, Attorney in Private Practice

    Represented: Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and perennial All-Stars Tim Raines and Robin Ventura

    Expertise: Sports Law

    Faculty Advisor: TJSL Sports Law Society and National Sports Law Negotiation Competition

  • Sandra L. Rierson


    Former Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Los Angeles

    Expertise: Trademark and Unfair Competition Law

  • Steven Semeraro


    Former Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Led Investigation of CD Technology Industry

    Expertise: IP-Antitrust Intersection

  • Susan Tiefenbrun


    Former Attorney, Coudert Brothers, New York

    Expertise: International Intellectual Property, International Business Transactions

    Director: TJSL Center for Global Legal Studies