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Brent D. Sokol


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  • Boston University (J.D. cum laude 1993); Northwestern University (B.S. in Biomedical Engineering 1987; Dean's List)

Bar Admissions

  • California and registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

For more than 25 years Brent Sokol has litigated complex patent, copyright, trademark, and DMCA/piracy claims and is an acknowledged leader and national speaker in the global restructuring of intellectual property assets. He has significant experience in litigating the restructured trademark rights of distressed companies, post-merger/acquisition trademark restructuring, and corporate/tax-related intellectual property reorganization.

Recent engagements include the pioneering representation of J. Crew's secured note holders in New York State Supreme Court in opposition to the $380 million dollar global restructuring of J. Crew's collateralized trademarks; the representation of American Apparel in the tax-efficient $88 million sale of its brands in bankruptcy to Gildan; as lead trial counsel, obtaining the third largest DMCA case judgment on record — a $65 million award and global seizure order on behalf of the subsidiaries of the three largest Korean broadcasters against a 5,000 employee Chinese corporate operator of a global OTT piracy network; Ardian in its medical device patent litigation strategy and $800 million acquisition by Medtronic; and, as lead trial counsel, representation of Korean broadcaster MBC in obtaining a preliminary and permanent injunction against consumer product trademark infringement of its world-famous hit television series title.

Brent is an Associate National Commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League, authored the successful ADL amicus brief to the 9th Circuit in the Boise church-state case, and is Civil Rights Committee co-chair for the Los Angeles Chapter of the ADL.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Euromoney Legal Media Group "Life Sciences Star" (2012-2018) — patent litigation

    Managing Intellectual Property "IP Star" — patent (2015-2018)

    John Anson Ford Award — corporate award for beneficially impacting human relations in Los Angeles County — IP litigation for L.A. County Commission on Human Relations
Brent Sokol