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Lisa Li focuses her practice on U.S. and China cross-border transactions and litigations, particularly in matters involving technology, manufacturing, and real estate. She is knowledgeable of the business, cultural, and legal environments in China and the United States. In addition, Lisa serves in the role of outside general counsel to a number of U.S. subsidiaries of Chinese, Taiwanese, and Singaporean companies. She routinely advises on their U.S. expansion, operation, and management involving compliance, employment, export and import, financing, intellectual property, licensing, and product liability issues.

Lisa represents a broad range of public, private, and startup clients, ranging from mobile app developers, cloud service providers, ecommerce platforms, fintech, and game developers to manufacturers of apparels, cars, consumer products, electronics, furniture, and smartphones. 

Lisa has considerable experience in U.S. patent, trademark, and copyright laws, global brand protection strategies, and the legal and ethical issues in deploying artificial intelligence. Lisa practices before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, federal district courts, and the International Trade Commission.

Lisa also counsels many Asia-based real estate developers on corporate formation, joint ventures, investment structure, legal due diligence, contract negotiation, and dispute resolution involving the lease, acquisition, construction, and renovation of residential condominiums, office buildings, data centers, and warehouses in the United States.


  • Trademark prosecution, clearance, and litigation
  • Copyright protection, licensing, and enforcement
  • IP due diligence
  • U.S. export control
  • Patent litigation, evaluation, and strategies
  • International Trade Commission investigation
  • License agreements dispute resolution
  • Trade secrets litigation
  • Venture capital investments
  • Real estate investments and constructions



  • Advise the largest Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer on trademark protection, enforcement, and patent litigation in the United States.
  • Advise the largest Chinese social media company on intellectual property enforcement and securities class action defense in the United States.
  • Advise the U.S. subsidiaries of the largest Chinese manufacturer of polyurethane products on global brand protection and trademark portfolio.
  • Advise an international app publisher on developing and maintaining its global trademark portfolio.
  • Advise app and game developers in intellectual property protection, enforcement, and DMCA compliance.
  • Advise ecommerce platforms on trademark clearance and defend against claims of direct and indirect liabilities for intellectual property infringement.
  • Outside general counsel to a Chinese mattress manufacturer with production and retail locations across the United States, advising on commercial contracts, legal compliance, risk management, and litigation.
  • Jury trial defending several U.S. mobile marketing companies against federal antitrust claims and obtained favorable verdict.  
  • Early dismissal of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by a non-practicing entity against the largest Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer.
  • Early dismissal of a defamation lawsuit filed against the oldest active Chinese language newspaper.
  • Represented a large Chinese investment conglomerate in its first real estate acquisition in the U.S.
  • Represented a Chinese real estate developer in constructing high-rise residential condominiums in California.
  • Volunteer, Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, 2014-Present
  • Workers’ Rights Clinic Counselor, The Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, San Francisco, CA, 2006-2008
  • Law Clerk, Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco, CA, 2006-2007


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2008
    • Recipient, Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship

  • B.S., Biology and Chemistry, with honors, University of California at Irvine, 2002
    • Dean’s Honor List

  • California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Chinese (Mandarin), Native