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We aggressively pursue and cost effectively implement client objectives
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We provide counseling, negotiation assistance, transactional and litigation solutions for domestic and international clients. We assist clients in acquiring and registering their intellectual property rights worldwide, enforcing them and defending against the claims of others. We provide services related to Intellectual Property and Complex Business cases.


Chief Magistrate Judge Volney V. Brown of the United States District Court for the Central District of California had this to say about me in the case of REFAC INTERNATIONAL, LTD. v. HITACHI LTD., Kawasaki Motors Corporation, et al., 141 F.R.D. 281 (1991):

Without minimizing in the least the significant contributions of other defense counsel, the Magistrate Judge finds that the lawyering most decisive to the outcome, and the most helpful to the court, was done by Surjit P. Soni and his firm. His preparation was immaculate, though no more than necessary given the stakes and complexities. His clients proved to be, and they should have been, most willing to pay his fees and expenses. There is no evidence that he has overbilled in any respect; in fact, his accounting is so precise that the Magistrate Judge is able to, and he will disallow certain itemized claims. All members of the bar of this court are presumed honorable and wholly accurate in their representations to the court. Mr. Soni has proved the validity of the presumption throughout the proceedings by weighing every word and proofing every representation. His accounting contained in the Brico defendants' claim is a veritable model. The general pleas of Refac's counsel to reduce fees and costs, and particularly those incurred post-dismissal, are rejected.


Languages spoken: Hindi, Punjabi, English

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Practice areas


  1. Copyright Infringement: 20%
    28 years, 60 cases
  2. Litigation: 20%
    28 years, 90 cases
  3. Intellectual Property: 20%
    28 years, 200 cases
  4. Trademark Infringement: 15%
    28 years, 80 cases
  5. Other: 25%
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Hourly ($595-750/hour), contingent (35-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Barbara Lorie Friedman

    Surj has been involved in some of the most interesting and important recent copyright cases. He cares passionately about intellectual property, and keeps current on al new developments. And, he's a really nice guy to boot.


    Barbara Friedman Trademark Application Attorney
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Contact info

35 N Lake Ave Ste 720
Pasadena, CA, 91101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Expression of AppreciationN/A1994
Expression of AppreciationContinuing Education of the Bar1994
Master of the BenchThe Los Angeles Complex Litigation American Inn of Court1993
Appreciation CertificateBoard of Governors, The State Bar of California1992
In AppreciationN/A1992
Recognition by Federal Court 141 F.R.D. 281United States District Court for the Central District of california1991
Moot Court BoardUniversity of Miami SOL1983
Dean's ListUniversity of Miami SOL1983
Dean's ListUniversity of Miami SOL1982
Dean's ListUniversity of Miami SOL1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Soni Law Firm1998 - Present
Partner in Charge of Litigation GroupSheldon & Mak1986 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southern California Defense CounselN/A1996 - 1999
Indian Lawyers AssociationDirector1995 - 1998
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationLitigation Section Programs Chair1993 - 1994
Complex Litigation Inn of CourtFounding Member & Master of Inn1993 - 1996
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationLitigation Section - Executive Committee Member1992 - 1995
California Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1992 - 1996
Continuing Education of the BarBusiness Law Advisory Committee1992 - 2008
Continuing Education of the BarTrial Practice - Advisory Committee1992 - 1996
Federal Bar Association (Los Angeles Chapter)Director1992 - 1995
American Bar AssociationInternational Trade Commission Subcommittee1991 - 1994
American Intellectual Property law AssociationN/A1991 - 2008
American Bar AssociationProduct Simulation and Functionality Subcommittee1991 - 1994
American Bar AssociationPatent, Trademark & Copyright Committee1991 - 2008
Licensing Executive SocietyTechnology Acquisition Committee1989 - 1994
The State Bar of CaliforniaIntellectual Property Section - Executive Committe Member1989 - 1992
United States Trademark AssociationN/A1989 - 1999
Pasadena Bar AssociationDirector1988 - 1991
Pasadena Young Lawyers AssociationPresident1987 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Armament Systems, inc. v. Shell Oil CompanySecured dismissal and $150,000 in sanctions
Bausch & Lomb v. Oasis MedicalFavorably Settled
Refac v. HitachiJudgment of non-infringement for all defendants.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Business Law Reporter published by CEBIntellectual Property Contributing Editor2008
"Competitive Business Practices," CEBConsulting Editor2008
"Proof in Competitive Business Litigation", CEBConsulting Editor2008
"California Intellectual Property Handbook" Matthew BenderCo-Author1998
The Los Angeles Daily JournalCopyright Registrations: Easy To Get But Not Always Upheld1992
The Los Angeles Daily JournalDefining Fairness - A Year in Review1992
The Los Angeles Daily JournalThe Supreme Court Puts In Its "Two Pesos" on Trade Dress1992
The Los Angeles Daily JournalTrademark Infringement liability Gets Real Personal1992
The Los Angeles Daily JournalCopyright Protection for Computer Software What Exactly is Protected?1992
The Los Angeles Daily JournalMalpractice Issues In Relation To International Business Transactions (Or Avoiding International Ineptness)1992
The Los Angeles Daily JournalTrade Dress and Unfair Competition: Who Has the Rule Book?1992
The Los Angeles Daily JournalYou Can Protect Distinctive Product Packaging1991
"NEW MATTER" Official Newsletter of the State Bar of CaliforniaCo-Editor1991
The Los Angeles Daily JournalProtection of Trade Dress1990
The Legal IntelligencerA Patent Infringement Suit that Backfired1989
The Los Angeles Daily JournalComplex Patent Litigation Made More Complex1989
Best's ReviewPatently Offensive Claims1989
The Los Angeles Daily JournalRefac Learns a Tough Lesson1989
Trademark WorldTrade Dress and Unfair Competition: What Are the Rules?1988
The Los Angeles Daily JournalInconsistent 'Trade Dress' Decisions Create Confusion1987
California Civil Practice", Bancroft WhitneyConsulting EditorN/A
"Civil Practice Before Trial" 3d Ed., CEBConsulting EditorN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of Miami SOLLawJ.D.1984
Univ of TorontoBiomedical SciencesB.Sc. (Hons)1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York Bar Association Annual MeetingRights of Publicity2008
Matthew Bender & San Francisco Bar AssociationArbitrating and Mediating Intellectual Property and Complex Business Disputes1999
La Verne University School of LawIntellectual Property Course1995
CEBTrade Secrets1994
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property SectionMalpractice Issues re: Intellectual Property in International Business Transactions1992
Southwestern University School of LawTrademark, Copyright, State Claims & Litigation1992
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property SectionAvoiding Trade Dress and Product Configuration Infringement1991
European Studies ConferenceTrade Dress, Packaging and Labeling1990
European Studies ConferenceEmulation Without Infringing: The American Experience1990