C. Todd Norris

Shareholder, San Francisco Office

Direct Dial: 415.352.2720
Fax: 415.352.2701

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1995

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Peer Recognition


  • University of Minnesota, School of Law - J.D., cum laude, 1995
    Minnesota Law Review (Associate Articles Editor, 1993-1995)
  • Cornell College - B.A., summa cum laude, 1991, Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Experience

Todd Norris is a West Coast attorney with more than 20 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, including commercial contract disputes, closely held business disputes, franchise, patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and other intellectual property-related disputes.

Todd litigates in many industries within manufacturing, distribution, retail and commissioned sales, as wells as security, real estate, online marketing, software, consumer goods, appliances, medical devices, long-term care, construction, waste removal, and transportation. Todd has also litigated cases in federal court on behalf of ERISA plans.

Todd counsels and advises clients, large and small, on how to avoid litigation, minimize their losses and maximize revenue and recoveries when contract disputes arise, often by negotiating and drafting bullet-proof agreements aimed at protecting anticipated sales revenues, commissions, and other valuable assets before a dispute arises.

In addition to defending clients at mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals, Todd successfully prosecutes lawsuits and makes recoveries on their behalf.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (Member)
  • International Trademark Association (Member)
  • Lambda Legal (Member, San Francisco Leadership Council)
  • National LGBT Bar Association (Member)
  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (Member)

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014 — Intellectual Property Litigation)

Publications and Presentations

  • Contributor, ABA Annual Review: Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets (2016 and 2017)
  • Speaker, "Fraud on the USPTO," San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (2010)
  • Speaker, "Alternative Dispute Resolutions," The State Bar of California
  • Contributor, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Multi-National and Multi-State Extraordinary Damages Seminar
  • Member & Minnesota Law Review Associate Articles Editor, 1993-1995