Elizabeth J. Rest
Elizabeth is a principal and co-founder at Crown®, LLP, a boutique San Francisco intellectual property law firm focused on Advising Creativity®.
Elizabeth started her law career as a law firm file clerk when she was just seventeen, and then trained to be a legal secretary. She was a legal secretary for over a decade. While in college for Drama, she decided to apply to law school, with a promise to herself that she would only work with other creatives to feed her passion for the arts and entertainment world. Her background in theater greatly inspires her work today. She is passionate about creative industries and creative clients in all industries and gladly partners with them.
Elizabeth’s practice is focused on representing clients in domestic and international trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, including handling trademark applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and in both state and federal courts. Her practice also focuses on transactions involving intellectual property and business matters, including copyright, entertainment, right of publicity, business entity formation, maintenance, and dissolution, and in all aspects of the creation, protection, licensing, and distribution of intellectual property. Elizabeth’s clients are active in the manufacturing, retail, entertainment, arts, and technology sectors and include filmmakers, musicians, writers, publishers, musical instrument makers, artists, food and beverage manufacturers and distributors, confectioners, streetwear brands, cannabis companies, wine makers, and distributors of all forms of entertainment and informational content. Elizabeth helps by Advising Creativity™.
Elizabeth is a Past Chair of the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section (now the California Lawyers Association), and currently serves as an advisor to the Section. She is also a past Chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group of the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Law Section. Elizabeth is the current Vice-Chair of the Cannabis Interest Group of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.
Elizabeth is a member of the California Lawyers Association Intellectual Property Law Section, the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Marin County Bar, including the Intellectual Property Law Section, the International Cannabis Bar Association, and The National Confectioners Association.
Elizabeth is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Elizabeth was an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. She is also a regular writer on intellectual property and entertainment law issues, and a frequent presenter on topics in trademark, copyright, and entertainment law.
In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Elizabeth was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in the field of Intellectual Property, a designation awarded to the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 in Northern California. Each year since 2016 Elizabeth has been named to the California Super Lawyers list in the field of Intellectual Property, a designation awarded to the top 5% of attorneys in California. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.
Elizabeth loves hiking, travel (especially vacationing in London and safariing in Africa to see animals), is a total anglophile, and will never pass up freshly baked bread or a pretzel. She has two cats and is an animal lover. If she weren’t a lawyer, Elizabeth would be working in the theater. Elizabeth loves to support animal and wildlife charities and does pro bono work for several nonprofits, including Urban Alchemy (https://www.urban-alchemy.us/) and the Look Now Project (https://looknowproject.org/). She also serves on the Board of Directors for Lido Paddle Project (https://lidopaddleproject.org/) a nonprofit providing much needed relaxation in the form of free kayaking and stand up paddle board recreation to first responders and veterans.
She loves to unwind with a glass of wine, and appreciates any bartender who knows what a gin rickey is and can make her a great one. Elizabeth grew up around sailboats, and she loves to sit outside by a harbor with a cold drink watching the boats, birds, and sea creatures. Elizabeth is inspired by the artist Degas; his beautiful paintings of ballerinas are her favorite. Without hesitation, Elizabeth’s favorite band is U2 (with Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Crowded House as close seconds), though her musical tastes are wide and varied. She also greatly admires Ruth Bader Ginsburg because her work for women’s equality was trailblazing, and because she was feisty until the very end.
When she isn’t helping her clients, you will probably find her hiking the trails of Marin.