Managing Partner of Cislo & Thomas LLP and member since 1987.
B.S., Systems Engineering (Electro-mechanical), UCLA 1981.
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1986.
Previously with Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark of Los Angeles, CA 1986-1987.
Featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal, Most Influential Lawyers of 2014.
Named as one of the 2015 Trusted Advisors for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
Awarded as 2016 Top Attorneys of Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine.
Awarded 2016 Global Law Experts Award for Business Start-Up IP Law Firm in California.
Named 2016 Intellectual Property Practitioner of the Year by Acquisition International.
Named 2017 America’s Most Honored Professional by The American Registry.
Awarded multiple years of Super Lawyer recognition.
Awarded multiple years of AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell recognition.
Named 2019, 2020, and 2021 Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers of U.S. News and World Report.
Named 2019, 2020, and 2021 Business Start-Up IP Law Firm of the Year in California by Corporate International Magazine Global Award.
Admissions: United States Supreme Court; Court of Appeals for the Federal Court (CAFC); Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals; Federal and State Courts of California; United States Patent and Trademark Office; District of Columbia, Washington D.C.; U.S. District Court of Texas; U.S. District Court of Illinois; U.S. District Court of Indiana; and Canadian Patent & Trademark Office.
Associations: Santa Monica Bar Association Board of Trustees and Past President; Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association; Federal Bar Association Board of Directors; Los Angeles Copyright Society; Association of Business Trial Lawyers; American Bar Association; Malibu La Costa Board of Directors; President of Malibu Winding Way Homeowners Association Board of Directors; Malibu MPC Nursery School Board of Directors; Younglife of Malibu Board of Directors; Malibu Presbyterian Elder; Phi Kappa Psi UCLA Chapter Advisor; 9th Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative 2014-2015; Central District Court of California Lawyer Representative 2014; President of SecureCase Co.; Member of the Lawyer Representatives’ Mediation Panel Selection Committee.
Areas of Practice: Specializing in patent, copyright, trademark clearance, filing, licensing and litigation matters for a wide variety of complex technologies. Expertise in startup ventures requiring patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition clearance, protection, enforcement, and licensing. Extensive experience in the high-tech, direct marketing, infomercial and multilevel marketing industries.