Daniel J. Bergeson

Daniel J. Bergeson


Bergeson, LLP

Recognized since 2008

San Jose, California

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Corporate Law

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Litigation - Securities

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Intellectual Property
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Daniel J. Bergeson is the founding partner of Bergeson, LLP. He is admitted to practice in all California courts, all of the United States District Courts in California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, the New York State courts, and the District of Columbia courts. Mr. Bergeson’s expertise encompasses all aspects of a business trial practice with an emphasis in securities and intellectual property litigation. He has extensive experience in defending securities class action and derivative lawsuits. He has conducted numerous investigations on behalf of special litigation committees and audit committees. He has represented officers and directors in internal investigations and SEC interviews. Mr. Bergeson also has represented companies in litigation matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States. In addition, Mr. Bergeson has represented numerous executives regarding complex compensation and benefits issues, including preparation of employment agreements and separation agreements, and litigation through court and the arbitration process.

Mr. Bergeson is among an elite group selected for inclusion in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of intellectual property law, commercial litigation, and corporate law. He was selected by Best Lawyers as “2013 San Jose Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Intellectual Property.” Mr. Bergeson is also consistently listed among Silicon Valley’s Top Attorneys in San Jose Magazine, and has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in the Bay Area by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Bergeson has received the highest peer review rating for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell for the past twenty years. He also has been named to the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 “Northern California Super Lawyers®” list as compiled by Law & Politics.

Mr. Bergeson is the Secretary of the Board of Governors of The Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Northern California Chapter and has served as Co-Chair of the 2015 Annual Seminar as well as the Co-Chair of its Programs Committee for 2013 and 2014. He also serves as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s deposition and trial advocacy programs. Mr. Bergeson has completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Growing Companies. In addition, Mr. Bergeson has served as a member of the Mediation Panel for the United States District Court, Northern District of California, since 1998. Mr. Bergeson also routinely serves as a neutral with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for United States District Court for the Northern District. He has had great success with this program bringing the parties together and achieving a cost-effective and fair resolution to many civil matters involving intellectual property disputes and business litigation. Mr. Bergeson also serves as mediator for actions filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara.

Mr. Bergeson has served as an expert in a bench trial in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara. The California court determined that Mr. Bergeson was an expert with respect to the standard of care of directors and majority shareholders and the breach of those fiduciary duties. During the trial, Mr. Bergeson provided his expert opinion on topics including the standard care of a corporate director and majority shareholder of a California corporation, legal duties, and breach of such duties by directors and/or majority shareholders. Mr. Bergeson also served as an expert in a JAMS arbitration in New York where he provided expert testimony regarding employment and consulting practices in Silicon Valley.

Mr. Bergeson is the co-founder of Ascolta Ventures, LLC an early stage venture capital firm, which he co-founded with Michael Abbott, a partner with Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers. Mr. Bergeson was also a co-founder of ASI, an early stage venture capital firm, which he co-founded with Al Shugart, the co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Seagate Technology and member of the Computer Museum Hall of Fame. Mr. Bergeson is also on the Board of Advisors of DOOR, a company focused on solving various housing problems through non-linear housing equity vehicles.

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Location

  • 111 North Market Street, Suite 600
    San Jose, CA 95113

Education

  • Michigan State University, BA, graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • California, The State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • New York, New York State Bar Association

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Bergeson, LLP
Headquarters: San Jose, California

3 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Intellectual Property

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Securities, San Jose (2020)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, San Jose (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Securities
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property

Special Focus

  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities

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