Patrick Justman advises clients on trademarks and other intellectual property issues, including related litigation, enforcement, prosecution, management, and counseling.

Mr. Justman regularly counsels market-leading companies across industries in matters related to:

  • Trademark and trade dress counseling, prosecution, enforcement, and litigation
  • False/comparative advertising and unfair competition litigation
  • Trade secret counseling and litigation
  • Copyright counseling and litigation
  • Internet law and domain name recovery and management
  • Online defamation and rights of publicity
  • Breach of contract and commercial disputes

Mr. Justman draws on substantial experience in all aspects of federal and state civil litigation. He has a strategic sensibility, and creatively and aggressively litigates cases to trial or a favorable resolution.

He has demonstrated extensive skill in both the procedural and substantive aspects of the law before key agencies in multiple jurisdictions, including the:

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • European Union Intellectual Property Office
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau

Mr. Justman regularly writes and speaks about trademark and intellectual property issues.

Prior to joining the firm, he served in the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of California (Civil and Criminal divisions), the US Department of Homeland Security –Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the US District Court of the Southern District of California for the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff.

Mr. Justman’s experience includes advising:

Trademark Matters

  • City of Hope
  • Counter Brands, dba BeautyCounter
  • craigslist
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Entrepreneur Media
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Funko
  • GE
  • LogMeIn
  • Peloton
  • Skullcandy
  • Symantec
  • The Heroes Project
  • TB12 and Tom Brady
  • United States Soccer Federation
  • Vizio

Trade Secret and Related Claims

  • Plaintiff America Chung Nam, the largest exporter of recycled paper in the US, in a three-week trade secret jury trial in Los Angeles; the resulting judgment of US$18.1 million, including US$5 million in punitive damages, was named a Daily Journal 2013 Top Plaintiffs’ Verdict by Impact in California
  • craigslist in a suit, named a Daily Journal 2015 Top Plaintiffs’ Verdict by Impact in California, against website scrapers alleging violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, trespass, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violations of the CAN-SPAM Act, and unfair competition
  • craigslist in a subsequent suit against different defendants alleging breach of contract, copyright infringement, and violations of the CAN-SPAM Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, resulting in a permanent injunction and judgment of US$60.5 million in favor of craigslist
  • Lyft in a breach of contract and fiduciary duty lawsuit in California Superior Court, San Francisco, against an Uber executive for retaining Lyft confidential information after resigning from Lyft and soliciting Lyft employees
  • One of the largest social media companies in defense of claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), in both pending individual and class suits
  • SS&C Technologies in the pursuit of trade secret misappropriation claims in Illinois and Connecticut state courts against former employees charged with taking and disseminating trade secrets to a competitor

Bar Qualification

  • California


  • JD, University of San Diego School of Law, 2011
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • MPA, San Diego State University, 2007
    Pi Alpha Alpha
  • BS, San Diego State University, 2005
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May 21, 2020 Recognition

Legal Lion: Latham & Watkins

Firm is among this week's legal lions with a win for Facebook in litigation over unwanted text messages.