Recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and an “IP Star,” Mr. Siskind has practiced intellectual property law in San Francisco for 37 years. In addition to representing a wide range of high tech, low tech, and no-tech clients, Mr. Siskind has served in leadership positions in the IP Law Section of the American Bar Association, and the Copyright Society of the USA. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
For the past 20 years, Mr. Siskind has lectured young attorneys on “The Nuts and Bolts of Trademark Law,” a unique presentation that teaches the principles of trademark law by referencing literary giants such as Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Ayn Rand. His presentation is videotaped by the San Francisco Bar Association and made available to its membership.
In 1987, President Reagan appointed Mr. Siskind to serve as the nation's first Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, after confirmation by the United States Senate. Mr. Siskind also served in the position under President George H.W. Bush. In 1996, Governor Pete Wilson appointed Mr. Siskind to serve as a charter member of the State Commission on Academic Content and Performance Standards. Mr. Siskind chaired the committee drafting history standards. In 1998, Governor Wilson appointed Mr. Siskind to his Advisory Council on Electronic Commerce.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Siskind is a prolific writer, whose essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, the Legal Times, and many other national and local publications. He received First Prize for commentary for small dailies from the California Newspaper Publishers Association in 2001. He blogs on politics, foreign policy, law, and culture at ToPutItBluntly.com. His posts have been republished in Real Clear History, Algemeiner, and the Times of Israel.
Mr. Siskind was born on the Fourth of July, 1952. He graduated with high honors in 1974 from Harvard College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. degree in 1978 from Harvard Law School, where he co-founded and served as note editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.