Before becoming a full-time mediator, Afshari practiced state and federal law for a decade and half, including, at the venerable San Francisco law firms of Cartwright, Slobodin, Bokelman, Borowsky, Wartnick, Moore & Harris (IP, PI, Products, Medical & Legal Malpractice, Employment & Business Litigation), and Owen, Wickersham & Erickson (Trademark, Patent, Copyright, Internet & Trade Secrets Litigation) serving clients ranging from injured individuals to large corporations, resulting in several published opinions. See, e.g., Earthquake Sound Corp. v. Bumper Industries, Inc., 69 U.S.P.Q.2d 1119 (9th Cir. 2003) (Affirmed $200,000-plus in attorneys' fees for willful infringement); Machine Head v. Dewey Global Holdings, 61 U.S.P.Q2d 1313 (N.D. CA 2002) (Summary judgment of non-confusion; misdirected emails alone, insufficient evidence of actual confusion).
From 2003 to 2006, Afshari Law Firm served clients of various sizes, including The Men's Wearhouse, FUBU, and several wineries, in trademark, unfair competition, and copyright matters.
J.D., USF School of Law, 1991
B.S., Aircraft Engineering
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 1985
Afshari's engineering training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the leading U.S. aerospace institution of higher learning, is an additional asset in understanding, analyzing and resolving complex/technical Personal Injury, Product Liability, IP, Construction Defect, and Real Estate cases.
Afshari regularly teaches seminars on mediation and litigation along with other prominent mediators, jurists, and lawyers. See,e.g., "Progress by Indication", The Mediation Society, November 2012; "Helpful Tips for Settling Difficult Cases", BASF Bulletin, August 2012; "Employment Litigation: Best Practices", BASF, 2010; "Settling the Big Case", BASF, 2010; "Effective Use of ADR in IP & Business Disputes", BASF, 2005, 2007, Practicing Law Institute (PLI) 2006; "Trademark Litigation Primer," PLI, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006; "Effective Trademark Enforcement," BASF, 2004, 2005, 2006.; "Trial of the IP Case", BASF 2006.
At USF Law School, Afshari was a researcher for J. Thomas McCarthy, the author of McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition, the leading trademark and unfair competition treatise in the United States. (See, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition, Preface to the Third Edition, re Afshari's contribution).
At USF Law School, Afshari also conducted tutorials in Torts.
Koorosh Afshari is a highly skilled mediator who has handled hundreds of private disputes, resolving the great majority of them. Afshari attributes his success to extensive experience, insight and patience, empathy and persistence. "A never say never approach", in the words of one client, and "a natural" in the words of Jerry Spolter, the renowned mediator.
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