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I have been practicing law in San Diego County for over thirty years. My  practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV, and music.  We have prepared and filed over 500 U.S. trademark applications and we supervise international trademark portfolios for clients. 

After a five-year association with the intellectual property law firm of Charmasson & Holz in San Diego, I joined Gary Martin to form Martin & Branfman and in early 1994 formed Branfman & Associates to focus on intellectual property and entertainment matters. Branfman & Associates became Branfman Law Group, P.C. in 2008.

I graduated Cum Laude from Alfred University in New York and received his law degree from the University of San Diego in 1978. I was Chairman of the Board of the San Diego Film Commission from 1998 – January 2000 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 – 2007. I was Legal Chair of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Television Academy for approximately two decades and I am a member of the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Section. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Music Foundation. I have lectured on entertainment, intellectual property and Internet Law for the State Bar of California and at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and on intellectual property and business law at Mira Costa College and The San Diego Career Center.

I was named a San Diego SuperLawyer® in intellectual property for four years running from 2007 through 2010 and was named a Top Attorney in intellectual property by the San Diego Daily Transcript for 2007 and 2009.




Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 40%
  2. Copyright Application: 20%
  3. Trademark Application: 20%
  4. Entertainment: 20%



Hourly ($380/hour)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Kyle Lee Pederson

    Dave is a fantastic attorney. I have referred clients to him in the past and will continue to refer clients to him in the future. I fully endorse this attorney.


    Kyle Pederson Litigation Attorney
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  • Alexander Simone Maniscalco

    Mr. Branfman is a respected and talented IP law attorney. We refer clients to him for copyright and trademark, and have consulted him on complex business intellectual property questions.


    Alexander Maniscalco Land use and zoning Attorney
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Contact info

Branfman Law Group, PC

708 Civic Center Drive
Oceanside, CA, 92054


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Intellectual PropertySuperLawyers - San Diego2010
Intellectual PropertySuperLawyers - San Diego2009
Top Attorney - Intellectual PropertySan Diego Daily Transcript2009
Intellectual PropertySuperLawyers - San Diego2008
Intellectual PropertySuperLawyers - San Diego2007
Top Attorney Intellectual PropertySan Diego Daily Transcript2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMartin & Branfman1990 - 1993
Associate AttorneyCharmasson & Holz1983 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Intellectual Property SectionMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Business of Medical CannabisIntellectual Property Issues2012