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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

Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 50%
    10 years, 70 cases
  2. Entertainment: 50%
    10 years, 80 cases



Hourly ($200-270/hour)

Payment types:

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  • Ali Abtahi

    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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Contact info

Focus on Legal

655 N Central Ave 17th Floor
Glendale, CA, 91203


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2016
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2015
Rising LawyerCalifornia Women Lawyers2015
Certificate of Mediation AwardLos Angeles Bar Association2009
MCH Scholarship AwardHarvard University1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUcla Extension2014 - Present
Managing AttorneyFocus on Legal2010 - Present
Panel AttorneyCalifornia Lawyers For The Arts2008 - Present
AssociateLobb & Cliff, LLP2009 - 2010
AttorneyOne LLP2007 - 2008
Contract Attorney for Document Review ProjectsMunger Tolles & Olson2006 - 2007
Trainee AssociateClifford Chance, S.L.2005 - 2006
Post-Graduate Judicial ExternSan Francisco Superior Court Law and Motion2004 - 2005
Summer AssociateTOWNSEND and TOWNSEND and CREW LLP2003 - 2003
Summer AssociateTrevisan & Avvocati2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
SAG AFTRAN/A2011 - Present
California Lawyers for the ArtsPanel Attorney2010 - Present
Women in FilmMember2010 - Present
GrammyMember2009 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law SectionN/A2007 - Present
HarvardwoodMember2007 - Present
Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court CompetitionMember2004 - 2004
Journal of International Law and PolicyMember2003 - 2004
Harvard School of Public Health Health and Human Rights CommitteeCo-chair1999 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Garden Of AllaN/A
Love BoatN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationFour Fair Factors2016
American Bar AssociationRepresenting the Poor and the Homeless, Innovations in Advocacy2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
UCLA ExtensionEntertainment StudiesCertificate Program CandidateN/A
University of California at Davis School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - BerkeleyN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Harvard University Law SchoolPublic HealthMS - Master of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UCLA Extension StudiesNegotiating Production Deals for Film and TV2015
UCLA Extension StudiesPrivacy Laws2015
Women in Film Speaking EventCopyrights and Fair Use2011
California Lawyers for the Arts Workshop on IPCopyright Basics, Fair Use and Music Piracy2009
Lawyers SeminarCompulsory Licensing and Parallel Importing2004