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About Durie Tangri

Durie Tangri is proof that the daydreams shared amongst law students of starting their own firm together can become a reality. Founding partners Daralyn Durie, Ragesh Tangri, and Mark Lemley were all classmates at Boalt Hall and practiced together at Keker & Van Nest.  In 2008 the trio left Keker and, along with three more Keker lawyers, founded Durie Tangri.  The firm got off to a fast start when they managed to convince Google, Ticketmaster, and biotech firm Genentech to sign on as clients on day one. In the following years the San Francisco firm has grown to just over 20 attorneys who focus on civil litigation in the areas of intellectual property, professional liability, privacy, contract and commercial matters, and class actions. Although Durie Tangri is relatively small, it represents some big names including Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Fitbit, Zynga, Netflix, Microsoft, and Facebook.

Booking a Victory

In November 2013 Durie Tangri secured a landmark ruling for Google when the Southern District of New York dismissed a suit brought by the Authors Guild alleging that the Google Books project infringed copyright, ruling that Google Books was permissible fair use. In so doing, the Durie Tangri team convinced the court that Google Books isn’t a substitute for the actual books or any part of them. The decision was particularly notable because Google had previously agreed to pay the Authors Guild for $125 million to settle the suit, but the settlement was rejected by the court.  Since then, Durie Tangri has continued to garner notable wins, including a recent $60M federal trade secrets and breach of contract jury trial win for client Orange, a summary judgment victory for Twitter in a case seeking 5% of all revenue that was recently affirmed on appeal, and another summary judgment win for CoreLogic, the largest technology provider for MLS (Multiple Listing Service) services in the United States in the first class action suit of its kind filed under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  Durie Tangri is also on a hot streak in the Federal Circuit, with seven consecutive victories in the Federal Circuit over the past two years.

Nice Digs

As an IP boutique with plenty of Silicon Valley clients, it only make sense that Durie Tangri’s offices relay a bit of California cool. In fact, their warehouse/loft style space in San Fran’s financial district looks more dot-com than stuffy lawyer. Their conference room floors are covered in bright green rubber, Eames chairs and large modern settees fill the large open lounge area, and the tiny partners’ offices feature exposed brick. The space is so cool that it was featured in Architectural Digest in 2010.

Coming in Hot

Durie Tangri attorneys are topping the ranking lists of national legal publications. In 2017 alone, Daralyn Durie made Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation list, which showcases the top 250 women nationally who are at the forefront of litigation. Both Daralyn and Sonali Maitra were recently named to The Recorder’s Top Women in Tech Law list.  In addition, Joe Gratz, Sonal Mehta, and Ben Au made Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List, which focuses on the achievements of the country’s most talented attorneys aged 40 and younger. The firm also received the Copyright Firm of the Year award from Managing IP, which also honored Daralyn as the Outstanding IP Litigator in California and Mark won the Influential Individual of the Year. This is the sixth year in row that Durie Tangri has been recognized at the annual awards ceremony.

Durie Tangri

217 Leidesdorff Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 362-6666

Firm Stats

Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1 - 50

Base Salary

1st year: $180,000

Employment Contact

Elizabeth Klein
Head of Recruiting and Professional Development
(415) 362-6666

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

San Francisco, CA

Major Departments

Copyright & Trademark
Professional Liability
Contract & Commercial
Class Action