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Annette Hurst earned more than $10 million in billings last year, maintaining her spot on the cutting edge of intellectual property law. Hurst is a firm director, and serves as co-chairwoman of the firm’s IP practice group — a position she gained after years of experience with clients that ranged from Yahoo Inc. to the Oakland Raiders football team. During the 2001 legal battles over Napster, Hurst won a landmark dismissal with prejudice for all direct copyright infringement claims brought against creators of the file-sharing computer program. After that crucial win, Hurst has successfully defended control of the Lord of the Rings trademark for Saul Zaentz Co. in a videogame design case. Hurst also led a team of lawyers that defended Thomas Forsythe’s right to use Barbie dolls in his artwork, a case that ended with a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion ( Mattel Inc. v. Walking Mountain Productions) and affected fair-use standards. The American Civil Liberties Union awarded that team of lawyers California’s “Artistic Freedom Award” for that work. More recently, she helped the toy company Wham-O Inc. sue film advertisers that used the company’s landmark lawn toy, Slip ‘N Slide. Hurst sits on the board of directors in the Bar Association of San Francisco.

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