Academic Director

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Tiffany Li is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she teaches intellectual property and technology law courses. She is also a Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. Li is an expert on privacy, artificial intelligence, and technology platform governance. She regularly appears as a legal commentator in national and global news outlets, and she has written for popular publications including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and...

  • University of Cambridge, Master’s in AI Ethics and Society – Expected graduation June 2023
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, 2014
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA in English, 2010

Full-Time Faculty

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Jessica Fajfar is the Director of the Internet & IP Justice Clinic and Assistant Professor, where she supervises the USPTO Trademark Program. She has worked on many trademark prosecution matters with students, including filing initial trademark applications, responding to office actions, and defending and enforcing TTAB oppositions and cancellations. She also has assisted students with settling other intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, and domain-name disputes, and...

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

Dean and Professor of Law Susan Freiwald became the 19th Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law on July 1, 2019, after serving one-year terms as the school's interim dean and associate dean for academic affairs. Since joining the law school’s administration after 20 years as a member of the USF faculty, Dean Freiwald has spearheaded a revamp of the curriculum, redesigned the first-year orientation and tutorial programs, and launched the Academic and Bar Exam Success Program. In...

  • JD, Harvard University (Magna cum laude)
  • AB in Economics, Harvard University (Magna cum laude)
  • Cyberlaw
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Criminal Procedure

Part-Time Faculty

Amir V. Adibi is a patent attorney with Adibi IP Group, PC, an intellectual property law firm based in San Francisco. Amir specializes in patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, litigation, counseling, and portfolio development. Amir has expertise in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of semiconductor, power electronics, electric vehicle, control systems, computer hardware, software, and telecommunications technology. Prior to practicing law, Amir held technical...

  • Golden Gate University, LLM Taxation, 2019
  • Santa Clara University, JD 2012
  • Harvey Mudd College, BS General Engineering, 2007
  • Intellectual property

Roy 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.

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

Samuel F. Ernst is Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law, where he teaches in the areas of patent law, copyright law, trademark law, contracts, torts, and civil litigation practice. Professor Ernst has published extensively in the areas of intellectual property and contract law as they relate to innovation policy, consumer protection, freedom of speech, the courts, and legal history. Prior to entering academia Professor Ernst was a partner at the international law firm of...

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • University of California Los Angeles, MA in Comparative Literature
  • University of California Santa Cruz, BA in Modern Literary Studies

Cliff Kuehn teaches trademark law and supervises students in the Internet & Intellectual Property Justice Clinic, and is Senior Counsel at the San Francisco office of Pirkey Barber, a full-service trademark firm. He assists startups through 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...

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

Everett Monroe (’14) advises clients on state, federal, and international data privacy laws and regulations with a focus on negotiating commercial data protection agreements and due diligence reviews of international transfers of personal data. Everett is also an adjunct professor at USF teaching courses on Information Privacy Law and Business Law and is actively involved with USF’s Moot Court Program, coaching its trademark competition teams and working with other teams as a practice judge...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BS, California Polytechnic State University

Adjunct Professor Thomas M. Onda has served as Chief Counsel, Global Intellectual Property, Brands and Marketing at Levi Strauss & Co. for more than 24 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. He also serves as Faculty Advisor for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal and has previously served on the Law School Board of Governors...

  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BA, Northwestern University

Danae Robinson is an attorney with Pirkey Barber PLLC, a trademark and copyright firm. Danae focuses her practice on trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law, with a primary focus on trademark enforcement and prosecution for some of the most well-known brands in the world. Danae regularly advises clients on the management and protection of their domestic and international portfolios. Danae conducts global trademark clearance searches and oversees trademark application filings. She...

  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2017
  • BS, Georgia Tech, 2013

Jennifer (Jenny) Sheridan is the founder and principal of JLSheridan Law, a Silicon Valley boutique law firm focused on technology transactions, IP counseling and data privacy compliance. She has earned the CIPP/US privacy certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is also the founder of StartUp Law Bootcamp, a training platform for technology attorneys as well as StartUp Law Forum, a knowledge and networking community for technology attorneys. Her in...

  • Columbia Law School, JD, Harlan Fiske Scholar
  • Mills College, MA, Management
  • Tufts University, MA, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
  • Occidental College, AB in Economics and Diplomacy and...
  • Tech transactions
  • IP counseling
  • Privacy Compliance (CCPA, CPRA, GDPR)
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Karren Shorofsky is currently leading the law school's Office of Career Services as its Director.  Karren joined the adjunct faculty of the graduate program in museum studies in 2013, and the adjunct faculty of the law school in 2017.  She has taught Art Law, Copyright, and Museums and the Law, as well as the graduate internship course in museum studies, and has supported many students in their career searches.  

Karren has spent most of her own law career focused on legal issues related to...

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

Mr. 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...

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

David Tsai is a Partner in the San Francisco Office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and is the Co-Head of Pillsbury’s Taiwan Practice. David represents world-class corporations innovating biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software, and hardware. In addition to intellectual property litigation, he advises his clients in patent negotiations, licensing, M&A transactions, and overall intellectual property strategy. Prior to his legal career, David worked in product management...

  • Santa Clara University, JD, 2006
  • Stanford University, MS Biological Sciences, 1998
  • Harvard College, AB Biochemical Sciences, 1997
  • Intellectual Property

Tyson Winarski is a registered patent attorney (BSME, MSEE) specializing in patent licensing, patent portfolio strategic development, and patent prosecution based in Mountain View, California. Tyson is also the inventor of 37 patents in the fields of blockchain, artificial intelligence, 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...

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