Wiliam Levin – Co-Founding Partner
Mr. Levin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Emory University in 1976 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami Law School in 1979. He was the founder of Levin Intellectual Property Group, and also the founding partner in several well-known national intellectual property law firms, including Levin & Hawes and Levin & O’Connor, all based in Laguna Beach, California. He was also a partner in such prominent law firms as Cooper, White & Cooper in San Francisco, and Flehr, Hohbach, Test, Albritton & Herbert, and was Of Counsel to such law firms as Hawes & Fischer in Newport Beach, and Goldstein & Phillips in San Francisco. He has been admitted to practice before all California courts, numerous federal courts throughout the country, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the California Bar and was also a member of the Florida Bar.
Mr. Levin has extensive litigation experience in trademark, trade dress, copyright, unfair competition, false advertising cases, and trade secrets cases, particularly temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, depositions and trials. His largest jury verdict to date is $ 143 million in a trademark infringement case, the largest such verdict in the world (later overturned), and he has obtained judgments and settlements for many millions of dollars. He also handles trademark prosecution and inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Levin has represented Fortune 100 corporations, as well as numerous small businesses, in a wide variety of industries. Some of his clients during his almost 30 years of exclusively intellectual property law practice include American Airlines, American Express, American Lighting, American Medical International, Applied Medical, Autodesk Inc., Baker Industries, Bank of America, the British government, Carol Cable Co., the Coca-Cola Co., CPC International (Best Foods), Dial Soap, Ellison Educational, Elite Access Corp., Fila, Fonovisa Records, Foster Farms, Gibraltar Savings & Loan Assoc., Hansen’s Beverage Co., Hard Rock Café, Industry Publishers, Inc., Intergraph Corp., Izod, Kaiser-Permanente, Laura Ashley, Martinelli’s (apple juice), McKesson Corp., the San Francisco Chronicle, See’s Candies, Sony, Sonoma Mission Inn, Safeway Stores, Sundance Spas, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Thompson-Brandt, Unilever, Wells Fargo Bank, Winterland Productions (Bill Graham’s company), and Wrangler Jeans, to name but a few.
Mr. Levin is the author of a leading trademark treatise, Trade Dress Protection, published by Thompson Reuters West, which he also has annually updated since 1996. It is now in its second edition. He served for many years on the Advisory Board of United States Patents Quarterly (Bureau of National Affairs). Mr. Levin also served on the Editorial Boards of Trademark Reporter (INTA), Trademark World®, and San Francisco Attorney magazines, on the Advisory Board of Whittier Law School, and on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Complex Inns of Court. Mr. Levin served as a Chair of a committee of the American Bar Association, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section , and as an editor for one of its publications. He has been a moot court judge, a visiting law professor, an arbitrator for such groups as the American Arbitration Association, a mediator, and has represented clients in all forms of ADR.
Mr. Levin’s numerous legal and business articles have appeared nationally and internationally in such publications as National Law Journal, Orange County Business Journal, Laguna Beach Coastline News, (columnist), San Francisco Attorney (and Trademark World (in Japanese). He has also appeared on local and national television programs, and on various radio programs, and was asked to be on Court TV. Mr. Levin has spoken before such groups as the American Bar Association, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, the National Business Institute, the Orange County Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Orange County Patent Law Association. His cases have been featured in most major newpapers and many leading industry publications around the world, including The Wall St. Journal, Investor’s Daily, New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times,OC Register, and USA Today.
Mr. Levin has been very active in the community and in social organizations, including serving on the Board of Trustees of Congregation Shir Ha Ma’a lot temple in Irvine, California, the Regional Board of Directors for the Long Beach & Orange County chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, the Board of Directors of LOCA (Laguna Beach Outreach Community Arts), the Administrative Board of Californians for Missing Children, and many similar groups.
He has been a member of the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California (and its Intellectual Property Section), the Orange County Patent Law Association, among other professional associations. He holds the top legal rating, “AV,” from the Martindale-Hubble Law Directory, as did his various law firms. For many years, he has been listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance & Industry. Mr. Levin has been a member of such business groups as TEC, and TAB, was named Republican of the Year in California by the National Republican Congressional Committee, and was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. Mr. Levin has worked with small and large law firms around the country as their co-counsel, local counsel, or as a consultant. He has been retained many times as an expert witness in the field of trademark and trade dress law.