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Stubbs Alderton & Markiles to Host Silicon Beach Fest Legal Panel: “Dispute Resolution 1.0”


For the third year in a row, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles will be a sponsor of Silicon Beach Fest LA.  This year, SAM is the featured Legal Panel on June 19th, hosted at our Santa Monica office, with a reception to follow.  Here’s the low down:


“Dispute Resolution 1.0 – What Every Startup Needs to Know About Disputes and How to Minimize the Risk of Litigation”



June 19th, 2014

4:00-6:00 pm – Panel Presentation
6:00-8:00 pm – Reception in 2nd Floor Courtyard

**You MUST register on the SIlicon Beach Fest site in order to be admitted to the event**


What You’ll Learn: 


Experience shows that the average cost to a business for participating in a breach of contract dispute, IP/trade secrets dispute, employment dispute or other business-related dispute runs hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees alone.  Basic does and don’ts on licensing, non-competes, founder disputes, cybersecurity – all of these can sink a young business.  There are ways for a company or entrepreneur to minimize the risk of becoming embroiled in a dispute.  Equally important, how a company or entrepreneur handles disputes oftentimes is the difference between business success and failure.

Hear our panel of national experts drawn from the world of start-ups/entrepreneurs, trial and IP lawyers, and professional mediators provide some basic advice on how to best position your company to avoid those types of disputes in the first place, and to also provide some strategies about what steps to take if and when a dispute that cannot be easily resolved, is brewing.

The Panel


Moderator:  Daniel Garrie, one of the most sought-after computer forensic experts and special masters to advise federal and state judges around the country. In addition to his law degree, he holds a masters in computer science and appears as comfortable talking with entrepreneurs as he is with developers, as he is with lawyers and judges.  His national reputation in the intersection of computer forensics and the law makes him a sought-after speaker and expert in the field, and just last week he was featured in a New York Time article on cyber-security and law firms; you can view the link at: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/law-firms-scrutinized-as-hacking-increases/


Bruce Friedman –   During his 20+ years practicing law, Bruce received just about every professional accolade out there, served as large law firm general counsel, represented name brand companies, and carved out a niche as an expert in professional liability and insurance coverage.  Since becoming a full time mediator in 2013, he has seen his career flourish, as more and more lawyers and clients in LA realize what an outstanding addition Bruce makes to the mediation marketplace.  He is presently with ADR Services in Century City.

Tony Keats – Partner, Brand Development and Content Protection Chair, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. Tony’s almost three decade legal career has focused on both the legal and business protection of brands and creative content from consumer products to entertainment, from designer goods to the Internet. Since he commenced practice, he has provided counsel and has litigated cases on behalf of many of the world’s largest consumer product, top designer fashion brands and entertainment companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, actors, and musicians. Tony’s litigation background also includes related commercial matters involving unfair competition, contract disputes, rights of publicity violations, business torts, domain name infringement, and idea submission claims. Tony is also the author of the best-known treatise on brand protection and counterfeiting on the market today, widely used by practitioners.  Not coincidentally, as part of his trademark/brand protection practice, Tony has served as a mediator in many IP-related disputes.

 Michael A. Sherman – Partner, Business Litigation Chair, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP –  Michael is an accomplished trial lawyer in high-stakes, “bet-the-company” litigation, and has represented both large and early-stage companies as well as entrepreneurs in all facets of business and complex commercial litigation. He has evenly split his litigation practice on both the plaintiff and defense side of cases, has first-chaired numerous trials in complex matters in industries as varied as securities, healthcare, environmental, consumer products, technology, project development/finance, advertising, real estate and apparel, and is highly skilled in class actions and unfair competition law. Michael’s trial skills and courtroom success resulted in his being named several years ago to the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California list, published by the Daily Journal newspaper chain. He has consistently been named to “Best Lawyers in America”.

Chris Colvin –   Chris is a former engineer with a technical degree from Princeton, who went on to law school and a stint as a partner in a major NY firm (Kramer Levin) before he started his own NYC-based IP firm a few years back.  In addition to his “day job” as an attorney specializing in IP litigation, Chris founded two social networking sites, Ivy Life, focused on alums of the Ivy League, at http://www.ivylife.net  and In The House, focused at In House Counsel, at http://i-t-h.org.

The Courtyard Party! 

2nd Floor Courtyard
1453 3rd Street Promenade

FREE to attend when you flash your Silicon Beach Fest pass!  

Enjoy free food and drinks with like-minded entrepreneurs and startup leaders fueling innovation in Los Angeles!  Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP invites you to join us at ourSilicon Beach Fest Courtyard Party in our newly expanded Santa Monica office on 3rd Street Promenade.