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Cathy Yanni

Cathy Yanni

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Case Manager
Tina Oja
T: 415-774-2627
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111
Cathy Yanni has successfully mediated and been appointed Special Master in numerous intellectual property cases involving patent infringement, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets. She practiced law in the Silicon Valley and is at ease with high technology subject matters. She has experience with the business/commercial aspect of these cases and employment issues. Because many of these matters involve continuing relationships, she motivates parties to formulate quick workable solutions. She has extensive experience with electronic discovery issues.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrated trade secret, copyright, and trademark dispute between competing dental groups
  • Mediated and acted as Special Master in multiple consumer class actions involving high-tech computer companies
  • Mediated breach of contract dispute between 3D computer game designer and game company
  • Mediated breach of contract dispute between high-tech company and software supplier
  • Mediated breach of contract dispute between silicon wafer manufacturer and supplier
  • Mediated class action between computer company and consumers regarding operating system
  • Mediated corporate dissolution between founder and company regarding intellectual property rights and employment issues
  • Mediated e-commerce dispute between internet interactive educational corporations
  • Mediated employment dispute between company and sales representative regarding commissions
  • Mediated employment dispute between founder and corporation: issues involved wrongful termination, patents, royalty rights, and securities issues
  • Mediated partnership dissolution issues involving copyright, trademark, and royalty rights
  • Mediated trademark case involving misuse of trade name
  • Special Master for multiparty biotechnology patent infringement and antitrust case
  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion”, National Law Journal, 2016, 2018
  • Recognized as "Top Master," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Recognized as a "Top California Neutral," Daily Journal, 2003-2008, 2010-2012
  • Recognized as AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Woman of Achievement Award, Legal Momentum, 2008
  • Past President and Board of Directors, Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (ACAM)
  • Board of Directors, The American College of e-Neutrals (ACESIN)
  • Lecturer, Mediation and Negotiation, Stanford Law School, University of California Berkeley School of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, Golden Gate Law School, Hastings College of the Law, University of San Diego School of Law, Duke University Law School
  • Sedona Conference: E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program for Special Masters & Mediators
  • Conducts CLE seminars on ADR: Mediation, Negotiation, Ethics, Bias, Employment, Insurance, Special Masters and Referees, Intellectual Property, and e-Discovery
  • "Big Cases, Personal Touch," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, May 30, 2014
  • Panelist, JAMS, San Francisco, 1998-present
  • Discovery Referee, San Mateo County Superior Court, 1994-1998
  • Litigation Partner, major San Francisco law firm
  • Mediation Workshop, Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers
  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law; Editor, Law Review
  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Dartmouth College; Honors Commendation

Counsel Comments

    • “Cathy truly cares about the parties and the issues. She does not stop or abandon the case until it settles.”

      -National Settlement Counsel
    • “Cathy knows each case and is persistent and patient with emotionally charged clients.”

      -Bay Area Attorney



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