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Dakin Neville Ferris

Contracts and agreements Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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About Dakin

Learn Dakin’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    General international and domestic commercial transactions, including SaaS, software, IP (chip), hardware, development, cosmecuticals, and more.

    30 years

  2. Intellectual property
    Handling all manner of "Soft IP", including SaaS, software licensing, contractor agreements, trademarks, copyrights, DMCA takedown notices, and more.

    30 years

  3. Real estate
    Secured lending, leasing, work-outs, and foreclosures.

    30 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    Incorporation and non-securities related corporate matters.

    30 years

I have a gold-star background in commercial contracts, software, intellectual property, real estate and corporate matters. I work on all manner of contracts and contract disputes (short of litigation) and in any given year, I sometimes handle 200-300 contracts in a broad array of areas, domestic and international, with large and small dollar amounts.  In my free time, I enjoy salsa dancing, skiing, chess, and playing with my son and daughter. I also enjoy writing and was honored to have my short story included as the closing chapter in the book "Becoming An Ironman". In additional to providing substantial financial support for charitable causes, I am very involved in my local community. Here is a story that featured some of my work on National Public Radio in 2015. 

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Dakin Ferris
5314 Lawton Ave
Oakland, CA, 94618

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5.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Barry | February 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An attorney who goes the distance ... and then some
I was referred to Dakin by another attorney whom I know as my matter involved some real estate. I have worked with many attorneys over the years but working with Dakin was a pleasant surprise. Once he understood what I wanted to do, he worked over a weekend to produce what I needed to tackle the problem. Not only did he do what I asked in a very quick time, he followed up to inquire how it went and offered additional tips on how to use what he prepared for me to the best advantage. He clearly has a business mind which makes his advice on business matters so much more relevant. Dakin has my wholehearted recommendation and I will be using his services again when I next need an attorney!
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Posted by Varun | October 17, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honorable and intelligent
I contacted Dakin through avvo and he called me back the same day. I've never reached a professional online that was so intelligent, honest and frank. He listened to my problems, provided advice, and took time out of his day to help me. I greatly appreciate him taking time out his day, and I would have no hesitation recommending him to others. I cannot speak more highly of his professionalism.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wage Garnishment
My previous lawyer worked on getting money from my debtor for years, but he continued to fail and my debtor started to threatened to file a bankruptcy. Then Mr. Ferris stepped in to be in charge and was able to garnish his wage and now I have been receiving money from the debtor. As a matter of fact, this is not even his field yet, his assistance from the day one til now, I have nothing but appreciation. I would strongly recommend his service to anyone.
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Posted by Mei | December 19, 2014
Super fast, knowledgeable, kind lawyer!
I saw great reviews about Dakin Ferri's legal service online and decided to acquire his service. Dakin is a super strategic and efficient lawyer with a heart of gold! He has great sense about business and legal matters. He is also one of the nicest persons I've ever met! He usually responds within 24 hours or sooner. He picked up what's going on in my cases quickly before I got into details. He is not the type who takes giant clients as priority and puts small accounts on the bottom of the list. I strongly recommend him!
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Posted by Marie. | October 14, 2014
Like Having a Big Brother
Dakin is genuinely interested in my projects. He offers advice the best suit the long-term goals of the company and keeps me out of hot water. Dakin is like having a big brother who has your back.
Posted by Gordon | October 2, 2014
Dakin Sees The Big Picture
Dakin Ferris consulted on a case where I had other counsel, but needed outside expertise. He brought energy and resourcefulness just when we needed it, helping us understand the motivation and strategies of our opponent. One thing I look for in a lawyer is absence of self-satisfaction-- I want them to be wise but not complacent. Dakin is experienced and thorough, but never rests, always looking for an edge to help the case-- a big plus. He is a proactive communicator, reaching out and keeping information flowing, which I appreciate. Another thing-- he wants to win. That's the X-factor right there, and that's why I would hire Dakin again.
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Posted by Bradley | October 1, 2014
Would call him again....
I have used Dakin in the past with issues concerning estate holdings, defamation and most recently divorce. He has always maintained a high level of professionalism while being responsive to to my needs and concerns.
Posted by Andy | September 30, 2014
Exceptional Attorney
I have been using Mr. Ferris for both business and personal matters for the last several years. His counsel has been invaluable. We used his services recently for both a real estate matter and an internet issue and both were handled promptly and effectively. I highly recommend Dakin Ferris.
Posted by Raleigh | August 22, 2014
Top Rate
Dakin, is intelligent, knowledgeable and always a critical thinker who sees what is going on and what needs to happen. I am so happy to have him on our team.
Posted by Robert | February 5, 2014
Dakin Ferris : Attorney Review
I've known Dakin for over 20 years. He is a highly skilled attorney with the elusive combination of a laser-sharp legal mind and compassionate heart. His integrity and creativity provide the foundation for solving a range of legal problems, from start-up questions for a new business to asset and resource management for a thriving organization. DAKIN IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Posted by Gordon | December 7, 2012
Very thorough and excellent work ethic
Dakin Ferris has helped me with several business contracts over the last few years and he is an outstanding person with which to work. He will work tirelessly on issues that arise and does the necessary research to answer questions that may not be obvious during the process. He is also very dependable and honest, qualities that I really appreciated in our work. I would recommend him highly to anyone needing legal assistance.
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Posted by Heidi | December 5, 2012
Dakin Ferris is an outstanding lawyer.
Dakin Ferris is an outstanding lawyer. He assisted me with a real estate matter, for which we had an excellent outcome. Dakin is extremely smart, dealt deftly with the matter at hand, had great ideas and was able to execute them efficiently and professionally. I could not recommend him more highly.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 335-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Dakin Ferris
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Axiom Law
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Partner/Of Counsel
  • Judd Law Group
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Vice President/Associate General Counsel
  • TIBCO Software Inc.
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Symantec Corporation
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • 1988 - 1995
  • Direct, Legal Services Office Governing Board
  • University Of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 1984 - 1985
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  • UC Hastings COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Univ of Massachusetts, MA
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sega Enterprises v. Accolade, Inc., 977 F.2d 1510 (9th Cir. 1992)
  • A win - see


  • Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Corporation Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Law Section
  • Editor
  • 1989 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Honors and Awards

  • Lucy Duffy, Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, Bay Area
  • 2000
  • Thurston Honors Society
  • Hasting College of the Law
  • 1986
  • Expeditionary Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1980


  • Becoming An Ironman
  • Twice Upon A Full Moon
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Alumni Speaker Events
  • Careers in Law
  • 2001
  • Speaker/Discussion
  • Street Law
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

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Given (17)
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Contracts and agreements Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It's called "practicing" the law because no one knows everything. Those of us that are smart are good at research, those of us that are lucky have colleagues that have a near encyclopedic knowledge of the law. I'm lucky to know Dakin because he's the encyclopedia. I endorse Dakin without hesitation and look forward to the next time we get to work together."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Other
"Aggressive representation and a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. Can definitely endorse and recommend without reservation."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Dakin professionally for almost 15 years. He is one of the smartest and most dedicated attorneys I know. He strives tirelessly to achieve the best possible result for his clients and often comes up with creative solutions that no one else has considered. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Dakin again. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ferris, is an asset to the legal profession and is well respected by his peers and his clients. He has gained an excellent reputation as a top tier advocate and he exemplifies all of the characteristics of a top quality lawyer. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible. I endorse this attorney. –Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Dakin. Highly respected in the legal community. A skilled lawyer with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dakin Ferris is a brilliant attorney with extensive experience on high level intellectual property matters. Moreover, he is a conscientious and ethical attorney who communicates well with clients, colleagues and others involved in legal matters, which is one of an attorney's most important responsibilities. In my opinion, he is an excellent choice for anyone needing legal assistance with intellectual property matters."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dakin and I worked together at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His work product was excellent, timely, insightful, and when appropriate, creative. Dakin has good judgment and a calm demeanor that is quite helpful in dealing with legal matters. He also brought a thoughtful and welcome levity to the work place. I endorse him without qualification!"
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dakin is a smart, practical, experienced corporate lawyer who provides cost-effective legal services to start-up, emerging, and established technology companies."
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