Douglas L. Hendricks

General Counsel | San Francisco | (415) 268-7037
(415) 268-7037

Douglas Hendricks is the general counsel of Morrison & Foerster, and the chair of its Risk Management Committee.

Mr. Hendricks has been practicing in the area of commercial litigation for more than 30 years. His practice covers four principal areas: trademark law, litigation involving real property, litigation involving financial institutions, and professional responsibility and ethics for the legal profession. He is most active in the area of trademark litigation, counseling, and prosecution.

Mr. Hendricks has advised or litigated on behalf of trademark clients in a wide variety of industries, including software, publishing, entertainment, biotechnology, medical devices, telecommunications, financial services, consumer package goods, electronic commerce, and motor vehicles. His practice spans state, federal, and appellate courts, as well as the USPTO and ICANN.

In 2008, Mr. Hendricks successfully completed litigation in U.S. District Court and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) to protect the famous WHAT HAPPENS HERE STAYS HERE mark for the promotion of Las Vegas as a tourist destination. He obtained on LVCVA's behalf a permanent injunction, cancelation of the defendant's state and federal trademark registrations, an award of damages, and other relief.

In the real estate area, Mr. Hendricks has litigated cases involving all aspects of commercial, agricultural, and residential real property, including lease disputes, disputes between lenders and borrowers, disputes between buyers and sellers, commercial development matters, title disputes, construction defect litigation, and eminent domain. He also has litigated a variety of matters for financial institutions of all type, including consumer class actions, cases involving letter of credit, and disputes regarding security interests.

Mr. Hendricks also practices in the area of professional responsibility. He has advised both law firms and clients in disputes arising out of legal engagements, and has served as an arbitrator in fee dispute cases. He is a frequent speaker on issues of legal ethics, conflicts of interest, and law firm risk management.

Mr. Hendricks is recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers 2018, Legal 500 US 2011-2014 and Super Lawyers 2009.

Mr. Hendricks earned his B.A. from California State University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. While earning his J.D., Mr. Hendricks was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review.

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  • (Northern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). Represented Rearden LLC in action alleging cybersquatting trademark and tradename infringement. After the Ninth Circuit reversed on behalf of our client, the case settled before trial on remand to the district court.

  • (Napa County Superior Court). Represented Lucasfilm, Ltd. in litigation regarding construction defects and damage to personal property.

  • (Northern District of California). Represented Verified Identity Pass, Inc. in a trademark infringement suit against Priva Technologies, Inc.

  • (Central District of California). Represented Best Western International in this trademark dispute involving the mark RAFFLES for hotel services.

  • (Northern District of California). Represented defendant Aran Candy in this trademark and trade dress litigation action. Plaintiff alleged that the packaging on Aran’s gourmet jelly beans infringed marks and trade dress allegedly owned by plaintiff. The case was settled in 2008.

  • (District of Nevada). Won summary judgment on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in trademark litigation to protect the famous WHAT HAPPENS HERE STAYS HERE mark for the promotion of Las Vegas as a tourist destination. The court found that LVCVA's WHAT HAPPENS HERE STAYS HERE mark was a strong mark and that, as a matter of law, defendant's use of WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS was likely to confuse consumers. The court also awarded LVCVA damages. Defendant's appeal to the 9th Circuit was dismissed.




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