Douglas Robbins specializes in appellate work and trial work in the areas of, complex commercial disputes, real estate law, and entertainment law. Before founding Tong Robbins in 2020, Mr. Robbins represented some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley at Cooley LLP (formerly Cooley Godward LLP). Robbins then practiced for some fifteen years in San Francisco at Wood Robbins LLP, litigating contract matters, fraud actions, real property suits, intellectual property controversies, employment matters, and others.
Mr. Robbins continues to represent clients in the San Francisco Superior Court, the U.S. Federal Court for the Northern District of California, and other courts around the Bay Area.
Mr. Robbins's clients include San Francisco land developers, property management companies, one of the City's largest Community Benefit Districts, and numerous artists, filmmakers, content creators, and coders.
Mr. Robbins serves on the Board of the Conference of California Bar Associations, as Discovery Judge Pro Tem for San Francisco Superior Court, and as Mock Trial Coach for Aragon High School in San Mateo, California.
State Bar of California, 2002
U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 2001 (Univ. Penn Law Review)
University of California, Berkeley, A.B. in Philosophy, 1992
Cambridge University, United Kingdom, 1991 Summer Session
Won dismissal of an action for a videogame developer who was sued by former partner alleging breach of contract and theft of intellectual property. See Fujimura v. EigoManga, LLC, No. CGC-14-542983 (S.F. Super. Ct. 2016).
Steal and Destroy Evidence Doctrine, S.F. Daily J., Aug. 9, 2016, at 1;
Money for Nothin’ and Copyright for Free, ISA (Nov. 20, 2017),https://www.networkisa.org/modules/articles/view/money-for-not…;
The Fifth Element: The Unspoken Element in the Fair Use Four-Part Test, 14 Intell. Prop. L. Bull. 95 (2010);
Why Fair Use Matters, New Matter, vol. 35, no. 2, 2010, at 24;
Comment, Resurrection from a Death Sentence, 149 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1115 (2001);
Aside, Challenging Law Review Dominance, 149 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1601 (2001).
Panelist, Discrete Issues in Employment Law, Your Legal Rights on KALW 91.7 FM, Sept. 26, 2018;
Panelist, Discrimination Law in Theatrical Casting, Theater Bay Area, Sept. 19, 2017;
Lecturer, Fair Use for Creative Artists, California Lawyers for the Arts, Sept. 2016;
Lecturer, Copyright Mechanics for Writers, Filmmakers, and Artists, California Lawyers for the Arts, Sept. 2015;
Lecturer, Copyright for Screenwriters, San Francisco Writers’ Community, Aug. 2015
Lecturer, Digital & IP Estate Planning, San Mateo County Bar Association, Probate & Estate Planning Section, July 17, 2014;
Lecturer, Fair Use in Copyright: An Evolving Standard in the Second and Ninth Circuits, San Mateo County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Mar. 2014
Lecturer, Video Game and Software Piracy, San Mateo County Bar Association, IP Section Meeting, Aug. 5, 3013;
Lecturer, Game Theft! What Game Makers Need to Know About Copyrights, Game Developers Conference, Mar. 27, 2013.
Member of the Board of Directors, San Mateo County Bar Association (“SMCBA”), 2017 – 2020;
Chair of SMCBA Funky Credit Day Committee, 2016 – 2018;
Chair of the SMCBA Committee to the Conference of California Bar Associations, 2013 to 2018;
Member of Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services Panel for Cal. Lawyers for the Arts, Feb. 2013 to 2018;
Chair of the SMCBA’s Intellectual Property Section, 2012 to 2017;
State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, 2004.