Jeff Knowles is a trial lawyer practicing complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property matters. He has specific expertise in copyright, trademark, trade secret, Lanham Act, and other unfair competition cases, with deep experience in music-related litigation. Jeff's music-focused experience ranges from representation of music publishers in the landmark Napster case to prosecution of a recent copyright infringement action on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment against the European webcasting company Radionomy.
Jeff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene F. Lynch of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (1987-1988), and prior to joining the firm, worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he represented federal agencies in national impact litigation.
He is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property and Litigation sections and the Private Advertising Committee of the Antitrust Section. He is a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., as well as the Bar Association of San Francisco. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Peak Systems, a Seattle-based web design company.
Jeff has served as a moot court judge for Stanford University Law School and has spoken on internet and copyright issues at Hastings College of the Law, Stanford University Law School, King Hall (UC Davis School of Law) and American University Law School in Washington, D.C. He has also been a guest speaker at conferences of the Intellectual Property Division of the Washington and Oregon Bar Associations.
Jeff earned a degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (1984) and his law degree summa cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1987). While at Hastings, he was an Articles Editor for the Hastings Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif and the Thurston Society.