When it comes to copyrights, trademarks, advertising, and privacy, Tommy offers clients a full-range practice. Experienced in both litigation and counseling, Tommy is adept at positioning clients to best handle potential obstacles, as well as at representing their interests should disputes arise.
In a counseling role, Tommy partners with clients to develop comprehensive strategies to build their intellectual property portfolios according to their individual goals and capabilities. Specifically, he assists clients with all aspects of brand management—from U.S. and foreign trademark clearance, selection, and prosecution through maintenance, routine enforcement, and expansion. He also routinely advises clients on topics such as copyright fair use, DMCA compliance, and advertising practices to minimize exposure to liability.
In the litigation context, Tommy’s experience spans across the full life-cycle of intellectual property and internet-related disputes before federal and state courts, as well as administrative bodies such as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). Tommy has a proven track record of success, not just as to the final outcome, but also discovery issues and intermediary motion practice in various fields of law, including trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, unfair competition, contracts, and privacy, including defamation and rights of publicity.
Prior to joining Kronenberger Rosenfeld, Tommy was an attorney at a boutique Chicago firm focusing on intellectual property, privacy, and business disputes, where he likewise split his practice between litigation and intellectual property portfolio development.
Tommy received his J.D. with a specialization certificate in law and technology from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. During law school, Tommy served as an articles editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, as well as the co-editor of the Journal’s symposium on intellectual property protections for computer programs. He also gained unique insight into the workings of the judicial system by externing for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In his last year of law school, Tommy co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of the archives and research libraries, urging the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to hold that the recording, indexing, and making available of television broadcasts constitutes fair use under federal copyright law.
Tommy is licensed to practice in California and Illinois, and is a member of various legal interest organizations. He speaks four languages and—in addition to keeping up with the latest tech news and IP developments—enjoys traveling the world, cooking and eating gourmet cuisine, and outdoor adventures.