History

 FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:  LUCY GOODNOUGH ,  CHRISTOPHER SARGENT , AND  JACK RUSSO

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: LUCY GOODNOUGHCHRISTOPHER SARGENT, AND JACK RUSSO

Computerlaw Group LLP has a long and rich history, which has a different meaning in the information technology industry.

Think of it this way: Jack Russo founded this firm in 1985, the same year Dell released its first computer.

We are a small intellectual property law firm serving the legal needs of computer industry and high-tech companies and professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1985, our firm has been carefully structured to provide the most thoughtful, strategic, and effective advice and legal representation possible for our clients.

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Our attorneys distinguish themselves in several key ways:


Domain knowledge. 

We understand the computer and information technology industries, both because our work as lawyers has focused on representing high-tech professionals and because many of our attorneys come from high-tech backgrounds, so we can "talk tech" with our clients.

Advocacy. 

We are experienced advocates, in courtrooms and before mediators and arbitrators. We have experience representing both sides in intellectual property disputes, and many of our attorneys have worked as arbitrators or neutral evaluators. That experience allows us to bring a real-world perspective about options and strategy to our clients.

Experience. 

Jack Russo has over 30 years of successful experience as an intellectual property lawyer in Silicon Valley and has built a team of additional experienced and bright attorneys to handle the needs of our clients. Our firm is AV-rated*, and Jack Russo has been named a Northern California SuperLawyer.

Efficiency. 

No matter whether our client is a Fortune 100 company or an individual entrepreneur, we understand that legal fees are only a percentage of our clients' budget. We use cutting-edge technology and our own experience to cut through our clients' problems as efficiently as possible.

Communication and personal service. 

As a small firm, we pride ourselves on keeping direct lines of communication open between our clients and the lawyers they work with. Our attorneys often take their own calls and return their own e-mails.

Strategy. 

We are always thinking about long-term strategy for our clients, even when we handle immediate concerns, such as registering tradenarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or resolving infringements on copyrights, patents, or trademarks. This is why we emphasize strategic intellectual property planning as part of our services.

The Firm generally requires a minimum $5,000 retainer if there is an agreement to accept representation; however, in certain select circumstances the Firm will consider alternative financial arrangements, such as on a contingent fee, partial contingent fee, or stock or stock option basis. The Firm strives to meet the financial needs of entrepreneurs and young companies that are faced with intellectual property business employment and other litigation issues.

We are happy to answer your questions about intellectual property or business litigation matters. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us to schedule an appointment. We have handled cases for clients worldwide, but our focus is on the needs of computer and high-tech industry professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, Marin County, and the East Bay.

 

Attorneys

 

Jack Russo

Managing Partner

The world of intellectual property law has evolved rapidly over the last several decades, and attorney Jack Russo has not only had a front row seat--he's been an agent of change. Beginning his career as a computer programmer, Russo earned his JD from UCLA and spent years at a large firm before leaving to launch Computerlaw Group LLP, a boutique firm that  focuses on entrepreneurial clients.

Today, Russo is a long-running Northern California Superlawer® with a passion for mentoring the next generation of world-changing computer and technology innovators. 

Education

UCLA LAW SCHOOL

Juris Doctor, 1980, Order of the Coif

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY AND UC BERKELEY HASS School of Business

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA, 2006, Beta Gamma Sigma honors

CITY UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK

BA, MA, 1997, Joint Degree in Urban Management and Computer and Information Science, Magna Cum Laude

Activities & Affiliations

• NITA, Master Advocate
• Million Dollar Lawyers
• Center for International Legal Studies

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Hawaii
  • District of Columbia.
 
 
 

 

Christopher Sargent

Partner

Mr. Sargent specializes in complex business litigation, appeals, copyright, and trademark litigation, as well as other intellectual property matters.  In addition, Mr. Sargent prosecutes trademarks and copyrights and assists clients with intellectual property licensing issues.

 

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California

J.D. cum laude
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Thurston Society

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

B.A. - 2001
Major: History

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2006

 

Lucy Goodnough

senior ASSOCIATE

Ms. Goodnough specializes in complex business litigation, copyright and trademark litigation, as well as startup business formation and other intellectual property matters.  

 

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California

J.D. 2012

Stanford University, Palo Alto

B.A. Philosophy, Urban Studies (Architecture), 2005

Activities & Affiliations

  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

•California


 

Michael Risch

Of Counsel

Michael Risch is the Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development and a Professor of Law Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and Of Counsel for Comptuerlaw Group LLP. His practice centers around expert testimony; intellectual property litigation, licensing, auditing and protection; complex civil litigation; start-up and entrepreneurial counseling, and alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the bars of California, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Northern District of California.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Supreme Court
  • Federal Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit

Education

University of Chicago

JD - High Honors

Stanford University

AB - Honors and Distinction