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David Tsai


David is on his fifth year with the BALIF Board undefined currently serving as the Co-Chair and previously serving as the Treasurer, Amicus Committee Chair and a law student representative.  He is an intellectual property litigation associate at Perkins Coie LLP in San Francisco.  David’s practice focuses on trade secret misappropriation and patent litigation, with an emphasis on pharmaceuticals (Hatch-Waxman Act/ANDA), biotechnologies and semiconductors.  At Perkins Coie, David has worked on civil rights and immigration pro bono matters with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the Asian Law Caucus, including serving HIV+ transgender clients.  He has also assisted clergy and their congregations file an amicus brief before the California Supreme Court in support of the petitioners against Proposition 8.

After attending high school and college in New England and realizing how hard it is to play tennis in the snow, David moved to the Bay Area and now lives in Dolores Heights.  In his free time, David enjoys cycling (for the AIDS LifeCycle), working on pro bono cases involving the LGBT community, volunteering with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, cooking a feast for his family and friends, hiking on new trails with his dog, re-landscaping his backyard, and playing tennis in the sun. David also serves on the boards of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA), and Santa Clara Law, and is a Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s LGBT Litigators Committee.  David previously served on the boards of BASF’s Barristers Club and Santa Clara County Bar Association and served as Co-Chair of the Minority Bar Coalition (MBC).

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