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About Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP

Editor's Note: Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman, LLP combined with Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP on January 2nd, 2018.

Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman has roots that date back to 1975 in sunny California. Since then, the medium-sized IP firm has worked on behalf of many of the largest technology companies in the U.S. Today, the firm’s 50 attorneys work out of offices primarily on the West Coast: Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Orange County, Seattle, Portland and Denver. Blakely Sokoloff services over 100 tech companies both at home and abroad, working with public and private companies, startups, and everyone from small and medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Dreamin’ of California

In 1975, four lawyers teamed up in Los Angeles to form what would become Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP. Within nine years, the firm had expanded to open an office in Sunnyvale, soon after followed by one in Orange County. In the nineties, Blakely Sokoloff added its three latest additions, expanding to Oregon, Colorado, and Washington. Since its beginnings in the sunshine state, the firm has grown to rank as one of the top intellectual law firms in the entire U.S.

To Vegas and Beyond

The firm’s diverse litigation practice covers subject matter including video editing equipment, tissue engineering, medical devices and water ejection devices used at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. As a renowned IP boutique firm, Blakely Sokoloff has spread its reach internationally, to include clients in Canada, Mexico, Asia and the European community, while also initiating litigation in countries like Taiwan, China, Japan, and Korea. In particular, the firm protects designer goods from knock-off products that feature marks similar to trademarks or copyrights or patents, and appropriately addresses these concerns.

A West Coast Star

Blakely Sokoloff has ranked numerous times for its core practices. In 2016, Juristat ranked the firm as a Top 100 Patent Firm in the U.S, following acknowledgements for the practice in 2014, 2013, and 2012 from Intellectual Property Today. Acclamations also come from closer to home, with the Silicon Valley Business Journal rating Blakely Sokoloff as #28 best IP law firm in 2016. 

Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman LLP

12400 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 207-3800

Firm Stats

President: James R. Sobieraj
Hiring Attorney: Stacie Sundquist (Los Angeles), Roger Blakely (Costa Mesa), Mark Watson (Denver), Gregory Caldwell (Portland), Jim Go (Seattle), James C. Scheller (Sunnyvale)
Total No. Attorneys (2016):
50 - 100

Base Salary

Seattle, Sunnyvale
1st year: $135,000
Summer associate: $2,596.15/week  Los Angeles
1st year: $125,000
Summer associate: $2,100/week  Costa Mesa
1st year: $115,000
Summer associate: $2,100/week Portland
1st year: $115,000
Summer associate: $2,000/week Denver
1st year: $110,000
Summer associate: $2,000/week

Employment Contact

Mary Kate Driscoll
Director of Recruitment, Diversity, and Attorney Development
(312) 321-4269

No. of U.S. Offices: 6

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Costa Mesa, CA
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA
Sunnyvale, CA

Major Departments

Right of Privacy
Trade Secrets
Unfair Competition