Eric J. Lorenzini



Bar Admissions

State Bar of California


J.D., Stanford Law School, with distinction

B.A., Trinity College; Phi Beta Kappa, with honors

Eric has a broad civil litigation practice, representing both defendants and plaintiffs in real estate, copyright, trademark, trade secret, breach of contract, fiduciary duty, fraud, and unfair competition matters. He has worked with clients in various industries in actions involving breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other commercial torts. He is also trusted by commercial landlords and tenants in actions for unlawful detainer and breach of lease. Eric is also a strong defender of intellectual property and First Amendment rights, defending various individuals and organizations in contract compliance, copyright, idea submission, freedom of speech, defamation, partnership duties, and other matters.

Career Highlights

Representation of a major record company in a copyright infringement suit against a venture capital firm and a publishing company arising out of their investment in the Napster file sharing service.

Representation of a title insurance company in suit against its insurer, including successful motion for summary adjudication establishing that the insurer breached its duty to defend and the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

Defense of a religious institution in a copyright infringement action involving unique copyright and First Amendment issues of first impression.

Won summary judgment on contractor’s breach of contract claim against developer on grounds that the contractor was operating without a bona fide “responsible managing employee,” in violation of the Contractors’ State Licensing Law.

Won dismissal of claims for defamation and interference with economic advantage, arising out of defendant’s litigation-related actions, pursuant to the “anti-SLAPP”statute.

Defense of a distributor of kitchen and home products in an action for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.

Defense of the largest real estate company in the world in an action arising out of its buyout of a limited partner.

Representation of a videogame publisher in a breach-of-contract action against a videogame producer.

Defense of a movie studio in a copyright and idea-submission action concerning a major motion picture.

Defense of a major pharmaceutical company in a fraud and breach of contract action brought by an institutional investor.

Defense of a prominent law firm in a lawsuit alleging legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty.

Defense of a former manufacturer of high performance vehicles in an action alleging trademark infringement, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.