B. Douglas RobbinsPartner

Telephone : 415.247.7900
FAX : 415.247.7901


PRACTICE AREAS

  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate and Land Use Litigation
  • Intellectual Property and Media Law Litigation
  • Professional Liability and Contract Litigation
  • Civil Appeals

ABOUT B. Douglas Robbins

Douglas Robbins is a recognized trial and appellate lawyer in the Bay Area, having tried and resolved dozens of cases over the last decade and half. Mr. Robbins’ litigation practice focuses on intellectual property (trade secret, trademark, copyright), real property (landlord/tenant disputes, land use litigation), contract (disputes involving fiduciaries, professionals, or between former partners/shareholders), employment law (contractor misclassification, discrimination, retaliation), and a variety of business torts (fraud, unfair competition, defamation, antitrust etc.).

Mr. Robbins has also mediated and arbitrated a number of fee disputes and business matters to resolution.


MEMBERSHIP AND SERVICE

  • Member of the State Bar of California;
  • Panel Counsel (2010 to present), and Member of Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services Panel (Feb. 2013 to present), for California Lawyers for the Arts;
  • Chair of the SMCBA Conference of California Bar Associations Committee, 2013 to present;
  • Pro Tem Judge, San Francisco Superior Court, Discovery Dept. 301, May 2014 to present;
  • Member of the Board of Directors, San Mateo County Bar Association, 2017 to present.

PUBLICATIONS

Model Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) in California, CLA Youtube Creators (Mar. 8, 2017), https://clayoutubecreators.legal.io/guide/58bf59ab321afb08ad000009/Model-Nondisclosure-Agreement-NDA-in-California (model nondisclosure agreement, controlled by California law and venued in San Francisco).

Model Screenwriter Collaboration Agreement in California, CLA Youtube Creators (Mar. 8, 2017), https://clayoutubecreators.legal.io/guide/58bf509787255e0eb9000004/Model-Screenwriter-Collaboration-Agreement-in-California (model screenwriter collaboration agreement to be performed in California and arbitrate, in San Francisco).

Model Graphic Novel Collaboration Agreement in California, CLA Youtube Creators (Mar. 8, 2017), https://clayoutubecreators.legal.io/guide/58bf545087255e0ec800001a/Model-Graphic-Novel-Collaboration-Agreement-in-California (model collaboration agreement between writer and artist to create a graphic novel).

Model Ghostwriting Agreement for Screenplay in California, CLA Youtube Creators (Mar. 8, 2017), https://clayoutubecreators.legal.io/guide/58bf4e9e321afb08ba00000a/Model-Ghostwriting-Agreement-for-Screenplay-in-California (model Ghostwriting Agreement to be performed in California and arbitrated, if necessary, in San Francisco).

Fair Use in Copyright is a License to Steal (Mar. 7, 2017), CLA Youtube Creators, https://clayoutubecreators.legal.io/guide/58bf3a9b321afb0883000038/Fair-Use-in-Copyright-is-a-License-to-Steal (discussing how to lawfully borrow and steal others’ copyrighted works).

Copyright Fundamentals, CLA Youtube Creators (Mar. 7, 2017), https://clayoutubecreators.legal.io/guide/58bf0eb387255e0df300011d/Copyright-Fundamentals (discussing the fundamentals of copyright law: the nature of protections, how long the protection lasts, and the consequences of copyright infringement).

Money for Nothin’ and Copyright for Free, CLA Youtube Creators (Mar. 7, 2017), https://clayoutubecreators.legal.io/guide/58bf162a321afb08340000b6/Money-for-Nothin-and-Copyright-For-Free (discussing all the things copyright does not protect, and thus, are largely free for the taking).

Fair Use for Journalists and Documentarians, CLA Youtube Creators (Mar. 7, 2017), https://clayoutubecreators.legal.io/guide/58bf415a3ebecb08bc00002a/Fair-Use-for-Journalists-and-Documentarians-Best-Practices-in-the-Theft-of-Media (aiding journalists and documentary filmmakers in lawfully copying, using, and exploiting media for free).

Steal and Destroy Evidence Doctrine, S.F. Daily J., Aug. 9, 2016, at 1 (discussing the spoliation of evidence doctrine).

The Fifth Element, 14 Intell. Prop. L. Bull. 95 (2010) (discussing the unspoken “fifth element,” in the fair use exception to copyright infringement claims).

Why Fair Use Matters, New Matter, vol. 35, no. 2, 2010, at 24 (discussing why it is important, as a policy matter, to take advantage of copyright’s fair use exception).
Comment, Resurrection from a Death Sentence, 149 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1115 (2001) (arguing that capital sentences should be commuted to life when the wrongdoer experiences an authentic ethical transformation); see also State v. Todd, 2007 UT App 349, 349, ¶ 39 (citing the article).
Aside, Challenging Law Review Dominance, 149 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1601 (2001) (satirizing law review culture, The Bluebook, and the publish-or-perish paradigm).


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Panelist, Refresh Your Legal Ethics Knowledge from Intake to Closing a Case, San Mateo County Bar Association, Funky Credit Day, Jan. 2017;
  • Lecturer, Fair Use for Creative Artists, California Lawyers for the Arts, Sept. 2016;
  • Panelist, Ethical Issues and the Use of Technology in the Practice of Law, San Mateo County Bar Association, Funky Credit Day, Jan. 2016;
  • Lecturer, Copyright Mechanics for Writers, Filmmakers, and Artists, California Lawyers for the Arts, Sept. 2015;
  • Lecturer, Copyright for Screenwriters, San Francisco Writers’ Community, Aug. 2015;
  • Lecturer, Digital Assets, Silicon Valley Bar Association, New Attorney Roundtable, July 8, 2015;
  • Panelist, Ethical Issues and the Use of Technology in the Practice of Law, San Mateo County Bar Association, Funky Credit Day, Jan. 2015;
  • Lecturer, Digital & IP Estate Planning, San Mateo County Bar Association, Probate & Estate Planning Section, July 17, 2014;
  • Lecturer, Fair Use in Copyright: An Evolving Standard in the Second and Ninth Circuits, San Mateo County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Mar. 2014;
  • Lecturer, Fair Use for Creative Artists, California Lawyers for the Arts, Jan. 2014;
  • Panelist, Ethical Issues and the Use of Technology in the Practice of Law, San Mateo County Bar Association, Funky Credit Day, Jan. 2014;
  • Lecturer, Video Game and Software Piracy, San Mateo County Bar Association IP Section, Aug. 2013;
  • Lecturer, Game Theft! What Game Makers Need to Know About Copyrights, Game Developers Conference (“GDC”), Mar. 2013;
  • Lecturer, Copyright for Code Writers and Game Developers, California Lawyers for the Arts, Jan. 2013;
  • Lecturer, Great Artists Steal, California Lawyers for the Arts, May 2012;
  • Lecturer, Copyright Basics, California Lawyers for the Arts, Aug. 2011;
  • Lecturer, Fair Use in Film & Television, California Lawyers for the Arts, July 2010.

EDUCATION

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2001; Executive Ed. of Univ. of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B. (Philosophy), 1992; Member of the California Debate Team; Staff Writer for the California Review
  • University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, United Kingdom, Summer Session, 1991