Elizabeth J. Rest
A brand builder and portfolio protector, Elizabeth is a trademark and copyright attorney with a passion for Advising Creativity®.
Elizabeth is a principal and co-founder of Crown®, LLP, a boutique intellectual property law firm in San Francisco. If your work involves creating, securing, or distributing intellectual property, or if you are a business seeking to secure and use content created by others, Crown is here to help you. Crown clients range from individual artists to large corporations, and they come from myriad industries, from fashion to film, music to marketing, beer to Broadway.
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 earning her BA in theater, Elizabeth made a deal with herself: She’d become a lawyer, but she’d put her love for arts and entertainment at the forefront by helping other creatives succeed.
Elizabeth provides experienced counsel in domestic and international trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, including handling trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and representation in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy panels. She typically handles transactions involving intellectual property and business matters, including copyright, entertainment, rights of publicity, and all aspects of the creation, protection, licensing, and distribution of intellectual property.
Elizabeth is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. An active member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the California Lawyers Association (formerly the State Bar of California), she is a former Chair of and current advisor to the Section, as well as former Chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group. She is the current Chair of the Cannabis IP Interest Group and current Vice Chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Interest Group of the California Lawyers Association Intellectual Property Law Section. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Marin County Bar, the International Cannabis Bar Association, and the National Confectioners Association.
A former adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, Elizabeth is a sought-after writer on intellectual property and entertainment law issues. She is also a frequent presenter on trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. She has been on the Northern California Super Lawyers list in the field of intellectual property continuously since 2013, 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 taking safaris 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 supports animal and wildlife charities and does pro bono work for several nonprofits. She serves on the board of directors for Lido Paddle Project, a nonprofit providing recreational opportunities for 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. 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.