Thomas Harvey is a litigator focusing on intellectual property disputes, including trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation. He also handles complex commercial disputes. Thomas has practiced before state and federal courts in numerous trials and appeals, and has represented clients in federal multidistrict litigation and in both domestic and international arbitration.
Prior to joining Coblentz, Thomas practiced litigation at Harvey Siskind LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. In 2012, Thomas served the County of San Francisco as an Assistant District Attorney under the County Exchange Program, acting as the first chair trial attorney in multiple criminal jury trials, including in an imitation brandishing prosecution where he secured the maximum sentence.
Thomas is a committee member of the International Trademark Association (2013-present). He is currently a member of the Leadership Development Committee and previously served as Co-Chair of the Academic Committee’s Professor Relations Subcommittee. He is admitted to practice in California, Alabama, and numerous federal courts.
Thomas earned his B.A. from Yale University in history, and both his J.D. and M.A. in constitutional history from the University of Virginia, where he served on the managing board of The Virginia Law Review. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Norman K. Moon, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, sitting by designation on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He serves on the executive board of the Yale Spizzwinks(?) Alumni Association and is a member of the Elizabethan Club.
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Thomas was named to the Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List 2018 for his litigation work in the Intellectual Property category. Lawyers on this list are “among the top young talent in their respective litigation communities” in the United States and Canada.
Moderator, “Mobile Trademarks: Protecting Brands in Mobile Applications,” Coblentz Client Panel (December 2017)
Speaker, “Mobile Mayhem: Protecting Trademarks and Copyrights in Mobile Apps,” Golden Gate University School of Law IP Law and Policy Conference (October 2016)
Author, “Marketing Your Brand With Influencers? Make Sure the FTC Hits the “Like” Button,” The Recorder (September 22, 2016)
Author, “Ten Tips for Winning a Trademark Preliminary Injunction,” The Recorder (2015)
Author, “Trademark Applications Can Hold a Phantom Menace,” The Recorder (2014)
Author, “Jury Instructions on Electronic Media: What Message Are We Sending Jurors?,” Bloomberg BNA United States Law Week (2013)