January 2014

Sideman Grows Business Crimes, Intellectual Property and Litigation Groups with Addition of Zac Alinder


Sideman & Bancroft LLP is pleased to announce that Zac Alinder has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Alinder, who was previously a partner at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco, will be working with Sideman’s Business Crimes, Intellectual Property and Litigation Groups.

Mr. Alinder focuses his practice on intellectual property and business litigation, including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, computer fraud, unfair competition, and intellectual property theft. While at Bingham, Mr. Alinder was a key member of the team representing Oracle in a copyright and computer fraud dispute against SAP (Oracle USA, Inc., et al. v. SAP, et al.), which concluded with Oracle obtaining the largest jury verdict of 2010 and the largest copyright verdict of all time.

“We’re thrilled to have such a talented attorney joining our team,” said Jeff Hallam, Managing Partner and co-head of the Business Crimes and Government Investigations Group. “His experience representing clients in high-stakes intellectual property disputes perfectly complements the work that our Business Crimes and Intellectual Property teams do in the Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement areas. And with his proven track record of obtaining swift and successful results for his clients in state and federal courts, we’re confident he will be an immense asset to the firm and our clients.”

While at Sideman, Mr. Alinder plans to continue to work on a pro bono basis with the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, as well as various artists and artistic foundations, including the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, to promote a proper balance in the law between the rights granted to intellectual property rights holders and the rights to artistic freedom of speech and expression.

“Sideman has an excellent reputation for its expertise in handling a wide range of complex disputes involving intellectual property and business crimes, and I’m excited to be part of the team,” said Mr. Alinder. “Sideman provides the perfect platform for me to continue building my practice, litigating intellectual property disputes for Sideman’s existing high-tech clients and bringing on many new ones as well.”

Mr. Alinder earned a B.S. in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University in 1995, and a M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1997, also from Stanford. He received his J.D. in 2000 from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he was a board member of theEcology Law Quarterly and the Moot Court Board. While at Boalt, Mr. Alinder also received the Boalt Hall Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and the Moot Court Overall Advocacy Commendation. He is a past faculty member for the Practising Law Institute and has been recognized in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine.