DANIEL SAKAGUCHI (PARTNER)

Daniel advises technology companies in Silicon Valley and beyond in a range of intellectual property and commercial disputes, including trademark and trade secrets disputes. Daniel’s recent victories include an Appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a Fortune 500 Company, and a trial victory in the Santa Clara Superior Court’s complex division. Daniel has tried jury cases to verdict in state and federal courts from California to Missouri to Illinois. 

Prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area and joining Alto Litigation, Daniel was a litigation partner at one of the preeminent law firms based in St. Louis, Missouri.
 

EDUCATION

Berkeley Law School
(J.D., 2002)

University of California, Berkeley
(M.A., 1997)
German

University of California, Berkeley
(B.A., 1995)
German
Comparative Literature

PRACTICE AREAS

Complex Commercial Litigation
Intellectual Property

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Complex Commercial Litigation:

  • Won a trial under California Corporations Code § 709, invalidating a director election and leading to the dismissal of a corporation’s suit against client.

  • Won an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Eastman Chemical Company, a Fortune 500 Company.

  • Lead counsel on behalf of snack bar manufacturer in dispute with nut supplier resulting in high six-figure settlement.

  • Defeated challenge to tax increment finance and business development districts at trial and on appeal.

  • Lead counsel on behalf of telecommunications company in arbitration for premature termination of contract, resulting in seven-figure award, including attorneys’ fees. 

  • Lead counsel for telecommunications company in multimillion-dollar breach of contract action against armored car company.  Achieved favorable settlement after obtaining dismissal of counterclaims for fraud and deceptive trade practices.

  • Counsel for specialty food product broker in fraud and contract dispute with former business associates resulting in seven-figure settlement.

Intellectual Property:

  • Achieved dismissal of business tort and Computer Data and Access Fraud Act claims.

  • Defeated trademark infringement claims on summary judgment in representation of video game manufacturer. 

  • Won summary judgment on behalf of movie studio on copyright claims against maker and seller of infringing collectible objects.

  • Represented electronic payments company in trade secret dispute with former software vendor, resulting in favorable settlement.

  • Represented snack food company in patent and trade secret dispute, forcing withdrawal of expert opinion on trade secret misappropriation claims.

  • Obtained favorable settlement in patent royalty dispute with medical device manufacturer on behalf of university.

  • Secured patent rights for alternative energy company in international arbitration with former joint venture partner.

  • Achieved permanent injunctions in several trademark actions on behalf of national pharmacy franchise.

PUBLICATIONS & LECTURES

“Flex your ADR Skills” Panelist, 2016 The Woman Advocate Annual, Kansas City, November 10, 2016.

“Light and Shadow - The Evolving Interplay Between Patents and Trade Secrets” Moderator and Panelist, NAPABA Annual Convention, San Diego, November 4, 2016.

“The ABCs of Insurance Panel Counsel” Panelist, NAPABA Annual Convention, New Orleans, November 6, 2015.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & ACTIVITIES

Member, State Bar of California
Admissions:  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and California’s federal district courts, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and federal district courts of Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado and Nebraska

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (President, 2018-2019) 

Missouri Asian American Bar Association (Board of Directors, President 2008-2009)

Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis (Board of Directors, 2012-2014)

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Legal Services of Southern Missouri

St. Louis Business Journal “40 Under 40” (2011)

Northern California Super Lawyers 2018; Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® (2014-2016), Rising Star (2010-2012), and by

Best Lawyers in America® for Copyright Law in 2015-2018