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Daniel J. Bergeson is the founding partner of Bergeson, LLP. He is admitted to practice in all California courts, all of the United States District Courts in California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, the New York State courts, and the District of Columbia courts. Mr. Bergeson’s expertise encompasses all aspects of a business trial practice with an emphasis in securities and intellectual property litigation. He has extensive experience in defending securities class action and derivative lawsuits. He has conducted numerous investigations on behalf of special litigation committees and audit committees. He has represented officers and directors in internal investigations and SEC interviews. Mr. Bergeson also has represented companies in litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States.


Mr. Bergeson is among an elite group selected for inclusion in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of intellectual property law, commercial litigation, and corporate law. He was selected by Best Lawyers as “2013 San Jose Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Intellectual Property.”  Mr. Bergeson is also consistently listed among Silicon Valley’s Top Attorneys in San Jose Magazine, and has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in the Bay Area by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Bergeson has received the highest peer review rating for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell for the past twenty years. He also has been named to the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 “Northern California Super Lawyers®” list as compiled by Law & Politics.


Mr. Bergeson is a member of the Board of Governors of The Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Northern California Chapter and has served as Co-Chair of its Programs Committee for 2013 and 2015. He also serves as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s deposition and trial advocacy programs. Mr. Bergeson has participated in the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Growing Companies. In addition, Mr. Bergeson has served as a member of the Mediation Panel for the United States District Court, Northern District of California, since 1998. Mr. Bergeson also routinely serves as a neutral with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for United States District Court for the Northern District. He has had great success with this program bringing the parties together and achieving a cost-effective and fair resolution to many civil matters involving intellectual property disputes and business litigation. Mr. Bergeson also serves as mediator for actions filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.Mr. Bergeson has served as an expert in a bench trial in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara. The California court determined that Mr. Bergeson was an expert with respect to the standard of care of directors and majority shareholders and the breach of those fiduciary duties. During the trial, Mr. Bergeson provided his expert opinion on topics including the standard care of a corporate director and majority shareholder of a California corporation, legal duties, and breach of such duties by directors and/or majority shareholders.


Mr. Bergeson is the co-founder of Ascolta Ventures, LLC an early stage venture capital firm, which he co-founded with Michael Abbott, a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. Mr. Bergeson was also a co-founder of ASI, an early stage venture capital firm, which he co-founded with Al Shugart, the co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Seagate Technology and member of the Computer Museum Hall of Fame Mr. Bergeson is also on the Board of Advisors of DOOR, a company focused on solving various housing problems through non-linear housing equity vehicles.

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  1. Litigation: 70%
    7 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%

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Bergeson, LLP

2033 Gateway Place
Suite 300
San Jose, CA, 95110-2712

101 California St., Suite 2710
San Francisco, CA, 94111

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 200303/07/2016
DCActive 200107/06/2016
CAActive198205/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Best Lawyers In AmericaNaifeh & Smith2015
Northern California Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2015
Northern California Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2014
The Best Lawyers in AmericaNaifeh & Smith2014
Northern California Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2013
The Best Lawyers in AmericaNaifeh & Smith2012
Northern California Super LawyerNorthern California Super Lawyers2012
Northern California Super LawyersNorthern California Super Lawyers2011
The Best Lawyers in AmericaNaifeh & Smith2011
The Best Lawyers in AmericaNaifeh & Smith2010
Northern California Super LawyersNorthern California Super Lawyers2010
Highest Peer ReviewMartindale-Hubbell2010
Highest Peer ReviewMartindale-Hubbell2009
The Best Lawyers in AmericaNaifeh & Smith2009
Northern California Super LawyersNorthern California Super Lawyers2009
Northern California Super LawyersNorthern California Super Lawyers2008
The Best Lawyers in AmericaNaifeh & Smith2008
Highest Peer Review by Martindale-HubbellMartindale-Hubbell2008
Silicon Valley's Top AttorneysSan Jose Magazine2008
Northern California Super LawyersNorthern California Super Lawyers2007
Special Tribute to America's Best LawyersSkyRadio2007
Northern California Super LawyersBay Area Lawyer Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBergeson, LLP1990 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Business Trial LawyersBoard of Governors2006 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyFaculty Member2004 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
District of Columbia Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Palo Alto Area Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationLitigation Section1987 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1986 - Present
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Michigan State UniversityHonors CollegeBA - Bachelor of Arts1978