Lawrence J. Siskind

Of Counsel

Lawrence Siskind has practiced intellectual property law in San Francisco since 1979, providing both transactional and litigation services. Lawrence advises clients in clearing, registering, and enforcing intellectual property rights. He designs IP protection and marketing plans and implements intellectual property audits for domestic and international businesses. He has successfully litigated a number of precedent-setting trademark cases, and recently obtained summary judgment for our client in a $100 million patent royalty dispute.

Lawrence represents high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech clients in the fields of cyber-technology, manufacturing, entertainment, publishing, advertising, multimedia, and electronic commerce. He also has experience in a broad range of commercial litigation areas including insurance coverage disputes and employment law.

Prior to joining Coblentz, Lawrence was a founding partner of Harvey Siskind Jacobs LLP, the predecessor of Siskind Boyd LLP, a boutique IP firm.

Honors & Awards

Lawrence has been recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" and an "IP Star."

Publications & Speaking Engagements

For the past 20 years, Lawrence has lectured young attorneys on “The Nuts and Bolts of Trademark Law,” a unique presentation that teaches the principles of trademark law by referencing literary giants such as Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Ayn Rand. His presentation is videotaped by the San Francisco Bar Association and made available to its membership.

Lawrence is a prolific writer, whose essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Weekly Standard, the Legal Times, and many other national and local publications. He received First Prize for commentary from the California Newspaper Publishers Association in 2001. He blogs on politics, foreign policy, law, and culture at www.ToPutItBluntly.com. His posts have been republished in Real Clear History, Real Clear Sports, and the Times of Israel.

Professional Activities

Lawrence has served in leadership positions in the IP Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the Copyright Society of the USA. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He serves as a board member of the Pacific Research Institute.

He served as Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment practices under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was also a two-time appointee of California Governor Pete Wilson, first as a charter member of the State Commission on Academic Content and Performance Standards and later as a member of the Governor Wilson's Advisory Council on Electronic Commerce.

Education

Lawrence graduated with high honors in 1974 from Harvard College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. degree in 1978 from Harvard Law School, where he co-founded and served as note editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.