Mark Punzalan



Mark Punzalan

Direct: 650.481.8112
markp@punzalanlaw.com

Education
  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2001
Practices
  • Intellectual Property
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Whistleblower Litigation
Court Admissions
  • California State Courts
  • United States District Court

Mark Punzalan is an Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation attorney who advises companies and individuals primarily in trade secret disputes, trademark matters, and complex business disputes. He is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in federal and state courts nationwide. Prior to founding Punzalan Law, Mr. Punzalan represented clients in the areas of class action, securities, and whistleblower litigation at the San Francisco law firms of Finkelstein Thompson LLP and Berman DeValerio. In 2016, Mr. Punzalan was selected as a "SuperLawyer" in the Northern California edition of SuperLawyers magazine, and he was selected as a “Rising Star” in this magazine's 2015 edition.

Speaking Engagements

"Going In-House: From Law Firm Attorney to Corporate Counsel," Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, October 13, 2016

“Cannabis Laws in California,” Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, September 14, 2016

“An Evening with Filipino-American Trial Attorneys,” Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (at DLA Piper, San Francisco), April 20, 2016.

“The Basics of Trademark Law,” San Francisco Law Library, April 6, 2016.

“The Ethical and Practical Considerations of Co-Counsel Relationships,” State Bar of California, January 29, 2015.

“Ethical Aspects of Legal Marketing and Promotion,” Santa Clara Law, November 2015.

"One Client, Multiple Attorneys: The Ethical and Practical Considerations of Co-Counsel Arrangements," Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, August 2015

"Data Privacy Law 101: An Overview of U.S. Data Privacy and Security Laws," Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, August 2015.

"Evaluating a Law Firm’s Business Performance: Tips for Small Firm and Solo Practitioners," Bar Association of San Francisco, March 2015.

“The Ethics of Co-Counseling,” Santa Clara Law, January 2015

"Starting A Law Firm & Choosing The Right Business Entity," Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, August 2014

"Trademark Law 101: Protecting a Company's Name and Brand Identity," Redwood Law Center, May 2013

"Trade Secret Protection for Businesses," Business Networking International, April 2013

"Choosing the Right Business Entity: Legal Structures for Doing Business in California," United Architects of the Philippines, January 2013

"Using Technology Effectively in the Courtroom," Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, October 2012

"Protecting Your Customers' Personal Information: California's Privacy Requirements for Businesses," Redwood Law Center, September 2012

"New Developments in Section 230 Immunity and the DMCA Safe Harbor - A Discussion of Legal Issues for Experienced Internet Counsel) and Those That Want To Be)," Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, January 2011

"The DMCA 12 Years Later: Pitting Copyright Protection against Technology Innovation," Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, December 2010

"Protecting Your IP: Patents vs. Trade Secrets," Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, October 2008

Awards

Super Lawyers Magazine “Northern California Super Lawyer,” 2016

Super Lawyers Magazine “Northern California Rising Star,” 2015

Unity Award, Minority Bar Coalition, 2012

Pro Bono Project Award, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2004, 2005, and 2006

Honors Moot Court Board, Committee Chair, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2006

Best Brief, Appellate Advocacy, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2005

CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Appellate Advocacy, 2005

Publications
Mark Punzalan and Stephen Stanwood, What are the Copyright Risks of Creating a Website Based on Third-Party Content? Tech Law Questions, Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal, May 16, 2016

Mark Punzalan, Reducing the Chances of a Trade Secrets Lawsuit: How to Advise Your Business Clients, California State Bar, Big News for Solo and Small Firms, Fall 2015

Mark Punzalan and Kevin Bovard, Web Providers and the Communications Decency Act of 1996, The Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin, July 2009, at 8.

Mark Punzalan and Dennis Fernandez, Patent Strategies for the Wireless Technology Revolution, The Patent Lawyer, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Oct. 2004, at 10.

Professional Leadership
Asian American Bar Association (AABA)
  • Judiciary Committee, 2013 – present
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (APABA-SV)
  • Vice President, External Affairs, 2016 - present
  • Board of Directors, 2015 – present
  • Partners Committee Co-Chair, 2014 – present
  • Solo and Small Firm Committee Co-Chair, 2014 – present
Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
  • Solo and Small Firm Committee, MCLE Section Co-Chair, 2014 – present
  • Professional Development Section Co-Chair, Barristers Club, 2012
  • Intellectual Property/Internet section Co-Chair, 2008-2011
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC)
  • President, 2011-2012
  • Advisory Board Member, 2012 – present
  • External Vice President, 2010-2011
  • Secretary, 2008-2010
Provisors
  • Executive Committee, Palo Alto 2
  • Executive Committee, Silicon Valley Lawyers Group
San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Business Litigation Section, Member
Santa Clara Law Alumni Association
  • Board Member, 2012 – present