Bahrad A. Sokhansanj, J.D., Ph.D.

Legal counsel for innovators and entrepreneurs, with a focus on preventing, resolving, and winning disputes involving technology and innovation.


Business Disputes

Advising and representing entrepreneurs on potential and actual disputes relating to contracts and business relationships, such as employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), data protection, data privacy, trade secrets, joint ventures, technology development agreements, intellectual property, unfair competition, and customer disputes.

Technology Law

Providing cost-efficient and effective counsel to small business, technology innovators, and technology users in fields like AI, data-mining, automation, digital health, and biotechnology on issues concerning data privacy, social media defamation, consumer protection, trade secrets, patents, copyright (and DMCA), trademark, and unfair business practices.


Strategic legal consulting and legal support for emerging and growing businesses in developing technical and sales relationships, early funding, corporate formation, privacy protection (including CCPA compliance), and development of an IP portfolio considering a range of options including utility and design patents, copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and open source.

About Bahrad

Bahrad Sokhansanj counsels clients and litigates disputes involving a wide range of technology and legal issues. He has advised and represented individual inventors and creators, small businesses, and multinational corporations. His practice presently covers legal issues including trade secrets, NDA / technology development agreements, commercial fraud, privacy, software liability, cease and desist letters, design and utility patents, trademarks, copyright, and false advertising.

Bahrad earned a Ph.D. in engineering, worked as a professor at a major research university, graduated from Columbia Law School, clerked at the Federal Circuit, and practiced law at national firms — experiences which allow him to advise and represent clients from a unique and creative perspective.

He has practiced before District Courts nationwide, the Federal Circuit, California state courts, the ITC, and the Patent and Trials Appeal Board. He has represented clients in diverse technology fields, including electronics, wireless communications, software, optics, materials science, smart home devices, consumer products, and home decoration. Bahrad has also counseled emerging technology companies on U.S. and global licensing and IP litigation strategy. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Bahrad is committed to including public service as part of his practice. He has successfully represented tenants of rent-controlled apartments pro bono in wrongful eviction proceedings in state court. He has also sought relief on behalf of multiple plaintiffs in federal civil rights litigation. While at Columbia, he was a member of the Environmental Law Clinic, where he advocated on behalf of environmental non-profit organizations in regulatory and court proceedings. He also interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), working on digital privacy and free speech issues.


J.D., James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Ph.D., M.S., Engineering & Applied Science

B.E. with Great Distinction, Engineering Physics



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