Mark Lehberg > DLA Piper LLP (US) > San Diego (Golden Triangle), United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
SUITE 1100
SAN DIEGO, CA 92121-2133
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology; Corporate; Trademark and Copyright; Mergers and Acquisitions; Emerging Growth and Venture Capital; Technology Transactions and Strategic Sourcing; Life Sciences; Technology; Industrials; Energy and Natural Resources; Media, Sport and Entertainment




Mark Lehberg focuses his practice in the area of business and legal counseling in connection with complex business and technology related transactions, including outsourcing transactions, cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS), intellectual property license agreements, strategic alliances, joint research and development agreements, joint ventures and other commercial transactions involving intellectual property assets.

Mark also works with clients to identify and develop creative solutions for managing key risk allocation issues in complex business and technology related transactions. He advises large public companies, startup companies and nonprofit companies in the development of intellectual property strategies, including strategies for the protection, licensing and other exploitation of intellectual property assets.

Mark also provides his clients with strategic counseling regarding structuring, negotiating and ultimately documenting: License agreements for patents, software, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets; Internet-related business agreements, including cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) transactions; Outsourcing agreements; Agreements for product distribution, including OEM, distribution, sales representative and reseller agreements; Manufacturing and purchase and supply agreements


Licensing Executive Society; San Diego Software Industry Council; CommNexus San Diego


J.D., Wake Forest University; M.B.A., University of Rochester; B.A., University of San Diego

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

Hailed as ‘the utmost trusted advisors’, the group of attorneys at DLA Piper LLP (US) operates as an ‘extension of the in-house team’ with superb licensing expertise, which is ‘only matched by their business practicality’. Leading life sciences, manufacturing and technology companies rely on the group’s high level of expertise for the licensing components of major transactions, its solid skills negotiating settlement agreements, and its stand-alone licensing practice. Additionally, the firm’s global footprint provides the US licensing team with excellent capabilities to manage cross-border work. The practice is led in conjunction from San Diego, Silicon Valley and Boston by Mark Lehberg, global co-chair of the firm’s commercial contracts practice; Victoria Lee, who co-chairs the firm’s technology sector group; and Larissa Bifano, who steers the patent prosecution team, respectively. The San Diego-based Lisa Haile, who is skilled at handling mergers and acquisitions in the life sciences space as well as in strategic counseling for comprehensive life sciences patent portfolio management, is another key name.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a good spread of experience that covers high-end corporate finance transactions as well as standalone technology matters. The multi-faceted practice is spread throughout the firm’s impressive domestic network of offices, with active partners practising out of the West and East Coasts, and the central states. The lawyers are well-versed in providing support on high-end corporate mandates including SPAC mergers, IPOs and financings. Open licensing contracts, strategic relationships, outsourcing negotiations, data privacy, digital transformations and collaboration agreements all feature prominently on the agenda, with the team operating comfortably across a range of technologies, including blockchain, fintech, semiconductors, insurtech, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. The global team is also highly experienced in cross-border transactions and is co-chaired by Victoria Lee in Silicon Valley and Chicago-based Vincent Sanchez. San Diego’s Mark Lehberg is experienced in outsourcing, cloud computing and software as a service. John Gilluly in Austin is also highly active.