Mr. Dawson’s cases range from intellectual property matters involving cutting-edge copyright issues, to fraud lawsuits against a financial industry titan, to allegations regarding online defamation.
When approaching such matters, Mr. Dawson draws upon his trial and litigation experience, as well as his unique clerking background. He gained invaluable judicial perspective on a vast array of cases while clerking for the United States Supreme Court, the District Court for the Northern District of California, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
In his leisure time, Mr. Dawson enjoys winter sports and playing classical piano.
Cases of Note
Company Founders v. Investment Banking and Securities Firm: The founders of a Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company allege a major investment banking and securities firm manipulated the 2008 financial crisis to defraud them of more than $100 million. On behalf of the founders, we filed suit asserting the firm and two account executives committed fraud and breached their fiduciary duties by forcing the founders to sell millions of shares of stock at an extraordinary loss during the crisis of 2008.
AIME v. The Regents of the University of California: We convinced a federal judge to dismiss a breach of contract suit which alleged the University of California, Los Angeles violated the copyrights of educational-video makers when it implemented a system for streaming videos online to students and faculty. The suit, the first of its kind in the nation, asserted federal causes of action for copyright infringement and unlawful circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as well as state law claims for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, interference with contract, and interference with prospective business advantage. In addition to vindicating UCLA, this case may impact the rights of colleges and universities to bring educational videos into the virtual classroom space.
Plaintiff v. Universal Music Publishing, Inc.: In this pro bono matter, we are representing an individual in her suit against Universal Music Publishing, Inc. Universal issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act take-down notice to YouTube regarding our client's video, which used 20 seconds of music from one of Universal's clients. We contend Universal's action constitutes a bad faith take-down notice, thereby making our client a victim, and making this case the first of its kind. The trial is set for mid-2011.
"White Collar Crime and Securities Enforcement: 2013 in Review," Bloomberg BNA White Collar Crime Report, 2014, co-authored with Brook Dooley and Eric MacMichael
Awards and Honors
Order of the Coif, 2008
Managing Editor, Stanford Law Review, 2007-2008
Urban A. Sontheimer First-Year Honor, 2005-2006
Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford