Over his 30-year career Jeremy Sugerman has developed a diverse practice that includes both commercial litigation and transactional representation. His litigation practice includes intellectual property disputes, insurance coverage, and appellate representation. His transactional practice includes the representation of individuals and companies in the areas of business formation, commercial transactions, intellectual property licensing and protection, leasing, and all manner of contracts.
Mr. Sugerman often serves as outside general counsel to his clients, handling a diverse range of day-to-day issues as they arise. His clients include municipalities, consultants, advertising agencies, construction contractors, technology companies, artists creating work for the public sphere, individual designers, companies involved in the creation of art and experiences for public events, art consultants, and nonprofit art institutions, among others. Mr. Sugerman has a Martindale Hubbell peer review rating of “AV Preeminent,” and is consistently named to the California Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in California (2008-2009, 2012-2021). No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.
Mr. Sugerman serves as a neutral in alternative dispute resolution in a variety of forums, including private arbitration and mediation and judicial arbitration. After thirteen years as an arbitration panelist for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Attorney-Client Fee Dispute program, in which he often acted as chief arbitrator, Mr. Sugerman is now Chair of BASF’s Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Executive Committee, which oversees the program.
Mr. Sugerman serves on the board of The Crucible, a nonprofit arts education organization in Oakland that utilizes one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs to foster a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. He is on the board of the American Safe Climbing Association, a non-profit organization of climbers dedicated to making the sport of rock climbing safer by replacing unsafe bolts and anchors and educating climbers, land managers, and the public about climbing and anchor safety. He is on the board of the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival, a nonprofit working to “Stimulate the Minds and Nurture the Souls of Readers” by bringing people together to explore a variety of literary genres, discover the advances being made in science, technology and medicine, and foster genuine connections with others. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Contra Costa Jewish Day School, located in Lafayette, California. Mr. Sugerman is a past President of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Senior Center, the nation’s oldest non-profit senior center, a multi-purpose human service agency providing services and programs for seniors, their families, and other caregivers. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting community, interactive art, and civic participation.
Mr. Sugerman lives in Oakland with his wife Zindzi and their two children.
- Vassar College, A.B., 1984
- George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1989
- U.S.D.C., Northern District of California
- U.S.D.C., Central District of California
- U.S.D.C., Southern District of California
- U.S.D.C., Eastern District of California
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco Attorney/Client Fee Disputes Executive Committee