LLM in IP & Tech Law Faculty

Susan Freiwald

Susan Freiwald

Dean and Professor
BA, JD, Harvard University

Dean and Professor Freiwald is an expert in cyberlaw and information privacy who has published articles in numerous legal journals. A former software developer, Freiwald has authored and co-authored amicus briefs in major cases involving electronic surveillance laws. She also regularly assists the Electronic Frontier Foundation with electronic surveillance litigation efforts and has served on the board of the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union.


Michael E Dergosits

Academic Director and Adjunct Professor

Michael E Dergosits faculty pageSince 1993, Mr. Dergosits has taught patent law as an adjunct professor of patent law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. In 2005, he was honored as the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Year. He frequently speaks and authors publications on intellectual property topics. Mr. Dergosits possesses more than 25 years of legal experience and focuses on handling trials, trial preparation, and counseling (including litigation avoidance) regarding patent matters. He founded Dergosits & Noah LLP in 1993 with Todd A. Noah. Mr. Dergosits represents clients in connection with a wide range of technologies, and has extensive experience in counseling clients concerning potential claims of willful patent infringement. Mr. Dergosits is a former president of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association and the Federal Circuit Bar Association, where he also served as a member of the board of governors for five years. He was a member of the Cyberspace Law Committee of the California State Bar and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, a board member of the Federal Circuit Historical Society, and a former member of the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inns of Court.

Everett Monroe

Everett MonroeAdjunct Professor

Everett Monroe is an attorney at Hanson Bridgett LLP where his practice focuses on privacy and data security advising and patent litigation. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2005, and his JD from the University of San Francisco in 2014. In addition to teaching information privacy, Everett is also actively involved with USF’s Moot Court Program, coaching its trademark competition teams and working with other teams as a practice judge.

Karren Shorofsky

Adjunct Professor 

JD, Yale Law School, MA, Art History, San Francisco State University, BA, Art History, Brown University

Karen Shorofsky faculty pictureKarren Shorofsky is an attorney and art historian who has spent most of her career focused on legal issues related to the arts, emerging technology, and museums and other nonprofit institutions. She holds a BA in art history from Brown University, a JD from Yale Law School, and an MA in art history from San Francisco State University. 

After working with the general counsel of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Karren practiced at major San Francisco law firms for more than a decade. Her current focus is on the intersection of art, museums, law, and ethics. She is an adjunct professor at USF's School of Law and USF’s graduate program in museum studies.  She teaches a variety of courses, including “Art Law,” Copyright,” and "Museums and the Law," and she helps run the undergraduate and graduate internship programs in USF’s art history and museum studies department.


Roy Eisenhardt

Adjunct Professor

Dartmouth College, BA in Psychology, 1960, UC Berkeley School of Law, LLB, 1965

Roy Eisenhardt faculty pictureRoy Eisenhardt graduated from Berkeley Law after serving in the Marine Corps, and practiced law in San Francisco until joining Berkeley as a visiting professor in 1978. In 1980 he became president of the Oakland Athletics, and in 1989 he accepted the role of executive director of the California Academy of Sciences. The interim president of the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, Eisenhardt has served as a lecturer in sports law at Berkeley Law since 2011.

Brian Love

Adjunct Professor

Stanford Law School, JD, The University of Texas at Austin, BS in Electrical Engineering

Brian Love faculty pictureIn addition to teaching at USF, Brian Love is an associate professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law, where he also serves as co-director of the school’s High Tech Law Institute. His research focuses on patent law and policy, and he teaches courses in patent law, intellectual property law, and remedies. Prior to joining Santa Clara, Brian was a lecturer and teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, where he ran the LLM program in Law, Science, & Technology.

He also practiced law in Fish & Richardson’s litigation department and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable David C. Godbey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Thomas A Onda

Adjunct Professor

BA, Northwestern University, JD, University of San Francisco

Adjunct Professor Thomas A. Onda has served as chief counsel, global intellectual property, brands and marketing at Levi Strauss & Co for more than 15 years. A former student of Professor J. Thomas McCarthy, Onda has taught intellectual property and trademark law at USF and was awarded the Hon. Ira Brown Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award in 2010. He also serves on the Law School Board of Governors and the USF Intellectual Property Alumni Advisory Board. Before joining Levi Strauss, he held positions at Steinhart & Falconer LLP, Schlemmer & Associates, and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro.

Paul K. Tomita

Adjunct Faculty

BS, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, JD, University of San Francisco

Paul K Tomita faculty pictureMr. Tomita is a founder of the intellectual property law firm, Staniford Tomita LLP. Mr Tomita's practice includes patent preparation, prosecution, infringement and invalidity, trademarks, and copyrights. He has extensive experience in a wide range of technologies including electrical, mechanical, medical devices, optical equipment, semiconductor fabrication, computer networks, encryption, cloud storage, and green energy systems. Mr. Tomita also an advisor, lecturer, and mentor for various startup organizations including the Telluride Venture Accelerator and the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Tyson Winarski

Adjunct Professor

BS, University of Colorado, JD, Arizona State University, MSEE, Arizona State University

Tyson Winarski faculty pictureTyson Winarski is a registered patent attorney (BSME, MSEE) specializing in patent licensing, patent portfolio strategic development, and patent prosecution based in Mountain View, California. He is also the inventor of 24 patents in the fields of renewable energy, graphene-based optic fibers, nano-composite storage mediums, and social networking devices. Tyson has testified as an expert witness on licensing in Federal District Court and is widely published on IP matters. His patent practice has included patent litigation in Federal District Court and the International Trade Commission under Section 337, opinions on validity and infringement, all phases of patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio due diligence for mergers and acquisitions as well as IPO S-1 statements, patent reexamination proceedings, and copyright and trademark litigation and licensing. Winarski also serves on the board of directors for the Grand Canyon Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner of the Grand Canyon National Park.

Cliff Kuehn

Adjunct Professor

BA, University of California, Irvine, JD, University of San Francisco School of Law, LLM in European Intellectual Property Law, Stockholm University

Cliff Kuehn faculty pictureCliff Kuehn is Of Counsel at Dergosits & Noah, a full-service intellectual property firm in San Francisco. He assists multinational companies with implementing global trademark prosecution and enforcement strategies and works across several industries including high tech companies, food and beverage brands, fashion labels, and entertainment. His extensive intellectual property experience and education abroad in Germany, Spain, Sweden, and India are the lens through which he counsels and teaches.

During his time at the European Union, he worked on trademark litigation before the EU Court of Justice and was also instrumental in developing and drafting trademark examination guidelines. He is passionate about helping not only his clients, but students and other attorneys with their international aspirations. In his free time he works on independent film projects, takes leisurely bike rides throughout the Bay Area, and fine tunes his sourdough bread recipe.

Jessica L. Fajfar

Assistant Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorny 

BA, Ohio Northern University, JD, Cleveland State University, LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology, University of San Francisco

Jessica L Fajfar faculty pictureAssistant Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney Jessica Fajfar works with several law clinics at USF, including the Internet & IP Justice Clinic, where she supervises the USPTO Trademark Program, the Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services (EVLS) Program, and the Employment Law Clinic. She has worked on many trademark prosecution matters with students, including filing initial trademark applications, responding to office actions, and defending and enforcing oppositions. She also has assisted students with settling other intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, and domain-name disputes, and with drafting various agreements for start-up companies, including non-disclosure agreements, terms of use, privacy policies, IP licenses/assignments, and other corporate documents. She has assisted with the supervision of students in numerous depositions and in over 15 administrative law hearings.

Jessica is also Of Counsel at a boutique Silicon Valley firm, RafterMarsh, which specializes in handling licensing and IP matters for technology companies and entertainment law. She graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and received her LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from the University of San Francisco.