Sideman & Bancroft Grows San Francisco Office with Addition of Two Attorneys

January 2019

Sideman & Bancroft LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys: Nicholas S. Shen and Michael A. Fortes. With the new hires, the firm expands its Intellectual Property, Brand Integrity and Innovation, and Litigation and Appeals practice groups.

“As we see a greater demand for our IP and brand protection services, we are happy to welcome Nicholas and Michael to the firm,” said Managing Partner Jeffrey Hallam. “With diverse backgrounds, both attorneys bring unique perspective and valuable skills that will be incredibly beneficial to our clients.”

Nicholas A. Shen joins Sideman & Bancroft’s Intellectual Property, Brand Integrity and Innovation, and Litigation and Appeals groups as an associate. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property litigation. Mr. Shen also advises clients on brand protection issues, including trademark registration and counseling, anti-counterfeiting enforcement, and discount fraud investigations.

Prior to joining Sideman & Bancroft, he worked in the computer technology and semiconductor industries where he developed expertise in cloud-based database architecture, machine learning, consumer and enterprise hardware design and computer and mobile software. Mr. Shen earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, receiving a High Technology Law Certificate with honors distinction in 2018.

Michael S. Fortes joins the firm’s Intellectual Property and Brand Integrity and Innovation groups as an associate. His practice focuses on counseling clients on a variety of intellectual property rights enforcement and brand protection matters. Specializing in advising clients on unsettled and developing legal issues related to infringement on the Internet, Mr. Fortes provides proactive and highly effective representation in rights disputes related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, rights of publicity and confidentiality agreements.

Prior to joining the firm, he was an attorney in the Trademark and Copyright Group of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Mr. Fortes earned his J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law in 2013.