Dorisa Shahmirzai, the founder of Focus on Legal handles litigation and transactional matters relating to the small businesses, entertainment and video game companies, digital content, innovation markets and technology sector.
She is recognized expert in new media law, intellectual property exploitation, social media law, copyrights and trademark protection online and related legal and business affairs. She frequently attends and speaks at top technology conferences in Los Angeles and nationwide. Using her expertise in intellectual property law, market analysis, and contract negotiation she advises clients in deal making, development, and marketing, with a focus on web, mobile and social platforms.
After law school, Dorisa worked at Clifford Chance S.L. in Barcelona, Spain where she handled patent, copyright and trademark disputes, She is serving as a panel attorney for California Lawyers for the Arts where she regularly conducts client friendly workshops on fundamental of copyrights and on issues of defamation, rights of privacy and negotiating key deal terms in motion picture and television. She is currently an adjunct faculty at UCLA extension teaching intellectual property and dealmaking for new media and production companies.
She has also handled litigation matters from inception to trial. She handled a multi-million dollar law suit involving Eli Lily for a patent infringement case. Dorisa externed with the San Francisco Superior Court, with Judge Warren, the grandson of Supreme Court, Justice Earl Warren as a post graduate law clerk.
Dorisa Shahmirzai completed her undergraduate studies in Neurobiology at UC Berkeley, her graduate work at Harvard University, and her legal education at UC Davis School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in CA.
Languages spoken: Farsi, Spanish
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I recommend Dorisa Shahmirzai. I have known Dorisa since she was a graduate student at Harvard School of Public Health. Since that time, Dorisa has pursued a successful career in law. Dorsia has founded her own law firm on both litigation and business. She is experienced in matters with focus on matters relating to the small businesses, entertainment, and technology sectors. Dorisa also serves as adjunct faculty at UCLA, teaching intellectual property and dealmaking for new media and production companies.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||California Super Lawyers||2016|
|Rising Star||California Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Lawyer||California Women Lawyers||2015|
|Certificate of Mediation Award||Los Angeles Bar Association||2009|
|MCH Scholarship Award||Harvard University||1999|
|Adjunct Professor||Ucla Extension||2014 - Present|
|Managing Attorney||Focus on Legal||2010 - Present|
|Panel Attorney||California Lawyers For The Arts||2008 - Present|
|Associate||Lobb & Cliff, LLP||2009 - 2010|
|Attorney||One LLP||2007 - 2008|
|Contract Attorney for Document Review Projects||Munger Tolles & Olson||2006 - 2007|
|Trainee Associate||Clifford Chance, S.L.||2005 - 2006|
|Post-Graduate Judicial Extern||San Francisco Superior Court Law and Motion||2004 - 2005|
|Summer Associate||TOWNSEND and TOWNSEND and CREW LLP||2003 - 2003|
|Summer Associate||Trevisan & Avvocati||2002 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|SAG AFTRA||N/A||2011 - Present|
|California Lawyers for the Arts||Panel Attorney||2010 - Present|
|Women in Film||Member||2010 - Present|
|Grammy||Member||2009 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Harvardwood||Member||2007 - Present|
|Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition||Member||2004 - 2004|
|Journal of International Law and Policy||Member||2003 - 2004|
|Harvard School of Public Health Health and Human Rights Committee||Co-chair||1999 - 2000|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Four Fair Factors||2016|
|American Bar Association||Representing the Poor and the Homeless, Innovations in Advocacy||2000|
|UCLA Extension||Entertainment Studies||Certificate Program Candidate||N/A|
|University of California at Davis School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|University of California - Berkeley||N/A||Other - Bachelors||N/A|
|Harvard University Law School||Public Health||MS - Master of Science||N/A|
|UCLA Extension Studies||Negotiating Production Deals for Film and TV||2015|
|UCLA Extension Studies||Privacy Laws||2015|
|Women in Film Speaking Event||Copyrights and Fair Use||2011|
|California Lawyers for the Arts Workshop on IP||Copyright Basics, Fair Use and Music Piracy||2009|
|Lawyers Seminar||Compulsory Licensing and Parallel Importing||2004|