Who We Are
Tectonic Law PC is a boutique intellectual property and business law firm that serves clients from its office in the Heart of Noe Valley building in San Francisco, California.Tectonic’s principal attorney, Hannah M. Stitt, acts as litigator and counselor for owners and executives in trademark, copyright, and related business disputes. She will take a fight to court when necessary, but her savvy approach to intellectual property and business agreements often leads to cost-effective dispute resolution. The legal and financial interests of the client are always at the forefront of our work.Brand owners and executives in innovative and emerging industries seek out Tectonic’s legal representation because Tectonic specializes in counseling clients who operate in liminal spaces. We fight fiercely—and win with integrity—for our clients: we push the boundaries of culture alongside them. We candidly explain to clients where their business operations brush up against laws and regulations, and work with clients to design legal strategies that reflect each business’s goals, priorities, and limitations.Since we live, work, and play in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tectonic’s team embraces innovation and utilizes a variety of software and systems so that we always have your information securely at our fingertips. You will never have to come into a stuffy office to get answers from Tectonic. Plus, technological efficiency results in faster, smoother workflows, and lower costs for our clients.In addition to cutting-edge market experience and tech know-how, Tectonic also has the traditional legal background qualifications to recite: we are admitted to practice everywhere in the State of California and in the federal district courts of California. In addition, we practice before administrative tribunals, like the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.Tectonic is also invested in the growth of the legal field in various areas. Hannah M. Stitt regularly speaks at virtual and in-person events for clients, attorneys, and the general public on topics related to intellectual property law and the ethics of practicing law for emerging markets.Schedule your consultation and meet with us.
Hannah M. Stitt
Founder and Principal Attorney
Hannah loves resolving her client’s intellectual property and business problems. She provides services to clients throughout United States. She focuses her law practice on resolving disputes involving trademarks, copyrights and business claims.After a decade working in the California legal field, Hannah is not intimidated by the innovative or unknown. A firebrand litigator, Hannah ardently supports clients at every stage of their brand creation and development process. Her intellect, unwavering persistence, and network connections enable her to move mountains for clients.Hannah is a San Francisco native and proud graduate of the University of California system. Hannah graduated with Honors from University of California Davis in 2010. She earned degrees in both Religious Studies and Film Studies while working as a litigation secretary for an expert witness and a legal intern at a law firm specializing in attorney ethics.After that, Hannah earned her J.D. from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly known as University of California Hastings College of the Law). She received a certificate of concentration in intellectual property and graduated with pro bono honors. While she studied at UC Law SF, Hannah worked as a Research Assistant in copyright law and privacy law and as a Teaching Assistant in legal writing. She also competed in the National Appellate Advocacy Championship Competition (where her team was awarded second-best brief overall).
In addition to her formal education, Hannah's perspective benefits from a wide range of experience working on civil proceedings (both litigation and transactional) in San Francisco Bay Area law firms and legal clinics including Epperly & Elam LLP, BraunHagey & Borden, LLP, Ad Astra Law Group LLP, NetSuite Inc., and the Prisoner Advocacy Network.Hannah joined the legal community servicing the California cannabis industry in 2012. She has educated attorneys on panels and presentations since 2019. As the cannabis industry grew and evolved, her law practice transitioned from licensing, deal-making and compliance work into complex litigation over intellectual property rights and related business claims. Her advice and counsel to both attorneys and industry operators over the years has shaped the US market.From January 2018 through December 2022, Hannah sat on the Ethics Committee for the International Cannabis Bar Association, as well as the Barrister’s Cannabis and Alcohol committee for the Bar Association of San Francisco. Prior to founding Tectonic Law PC, Hannah co-directed the Prisoner Advocacy Network legal clinic where she fought alongside California prisoners to improve their living conditions and uphold their civil rights. Her committee work and pro bono work directly inform her legal practice litigating for clients in emerging industries.She was an active member of the INCBA Ethics Committee, which works incessantly to buttress the legal profession in the cannabis industry. Together with other legal-thought leaders, she petitioned the State of California to create statutory protections for attorneys who provide service to compliant cannabis operators. The committee developed a model rule of professional conduct that other state legislatures consulted and reviewed to regulate incipient cannabis markets. Her efforts also led to modifications to the Evidence Code in California that align with the realities of the cannabis industry.Her fight for the rights of prisoners against the state has bolstered Hannah’s tenacity and creativity. Disputes with government entities do not deter Hannah from advocating ethically and efficaciously for her clients’ interests. Her clients have reached settlements with agencies with qualified immunity due to her legal acumen and determination.Talk to Hannah to learn how to best protect your IP assets.
University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly known as University of California Hastings College of the Law), J.D.
University of California, Davis, B.A. Film Studies, B.A. Religious Studies, with honors.
The continuing cannabis “banking crisis” reveals, federal incentives are sweeter than the industry’s prospects for financial institutions, Daily Journal, April 17, 2020
Ethics: Balancing Activism and Zealous Advocacy with the Boundaries of the Profession and Evolving Law, Cannabis Intellectual Property Symposium 2023, International Cannabis Bar Association, September 29, 2023 (moderator)
Using Blockchain to Build a Decentralized, Self-regulating, and Equitable Cannabis Economy 2003, Practicing Law Institute, July 13, 2023
Current Trends in Cannabis Intellectual Property and Recent IP Litigation, Cannalaw Summit, May 3, 2023
Blockchain Law for Social Good Conference, Golden Gate University, October 19-20, 2022 (Organizer)
Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Cannabis Industry Founders, Success Centers, November 17, 2021
What A Long Strange (Legal) Trip Its Been, Bar Association of San Francisco, August 17, 2021 (moderator)
What We Do
Whether you need to enforce your rights or defend them, Tectonic can help you. We solve complex business and legal challenges in close collaboration with our clients.
We dedicate time and attention to understanding our clients’ products and services, as well as internal systems, in order to help our clients fully capture and protect their full portfolio of intellectual property and intangible assets: trademark rights, brand assets, copyright rights, publicity rights, and privacy rights.Tectonic streamlines the complex intricacies of intellectual property and business law using concrete, intelligible terms. This allows clients to easily understand plans of action for securing and protecting the value of their branding and creative work product. Tectonic’s goal is to bolster our clients’ intellectual property rights and assets.Learn how Tectonic can help your business thrive.
Practice Areas & Legal Services
Tectonic is a full-service civil litigation firm. We resolve intellectual property and business disputes at any stage of pre-litigation negotiation, litigation, or trial. We are experienced at negotiating and litigating trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, false advertising, and competitor disputes in multiple forums:
- all Superior Courts of the State of California
- Northern District of California
- Eastern District of California
- Central District of California
- Southern District of California
- United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
- United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
- ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) arbitration proceedings
Tectonic is also experienced in commercial contract litigation, as well as shareholder, inventor, founder and partnership disputes that involve intellectual property rights and intangible assets. We prioritize investigation and legal research at the early stages of the representation in order to provide clients with clear guidance on how to obtain results. Doing so may end a dispute before it escalates; the purpose is to avoid lengthy and difficult litigation.
Certainty is an asset entrepreneurs appreciate. Averting legal disputes is a crucial aspect of business planning. Our strategic business advice and counsel provide a comprehensive analysis of clients' intellectual property portfolio to identify pathways to avoid and preempt future litigation. Through this holistic approach, Tectonic is instrumental in our clients' plans for success. We offer an array of services to meet the clients' goals. Tectonic analyzes clients' intellectual property strategies, licenses, and other related business and consumer agreements to identify terms and pathways to avoid and preempt future litigation. Through this holistic approach, Tectonic helps clients' businesses prosper in the digital age.
- Preparation and negotiation of intellectual property license agreements, assignments, transfers, consent agreements, and co-existence agreements
- Intellectual property due diligence in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions
- Registration of “doing business as” names
- Registration of domain names
- Registration of copyrightable works
- Informal conflict resolution
Tectonic provide practical advice and common sense legal services in all aspects of trademark selection, clearance, registration, maintenance, policing, and enforcement. We file mark applications on a state by state basis, as well as with the USPTO. For international registeration and/or enforce of trademark rights, they partner with world class attorneys across the globe.
- Development, registration and maintenance of trademark portfolios.
- Counsel concerning the selection, clearance (availability and validity), use, registration and protection of trademarks, service marks, trade dress, and design marks.
- Domestic filing and prosecution of applications for trademarks, service marks, trade dress, and design marks.
- Domestic policing and enforcement of trademark rights and rights in intangible brand assets.
Tectonic provides advice, representation, and transactional services to creators, artists, media companies, and web-based businesses on a variety of copyright issues.
- Registration of creative works with the U.S. Copyright Office
- Preparation and negotiation of copyright and other rights licensing agreements
- Development of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) compliance procedures
- Enforcement of copyrights through demand letters, negotiation, and litigation
- Response to copyright-related demand letters and litigation
Tectonic does not practice patent law; however, we know excellent attorneys who do! We are happy to connect you with qualified attorneys from our network.If you have valuable intellectual property, let’s discuss how to best protect and develop it.
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Who We Help
California is a world economic leader and the epicenter for creative and technological innovation in the United States. Tectonic’s clients are creative people, artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies operating in or serving emerging industries throughout California and beyond. Our roster of clients is diverse and prolific. We represent industrial designers, beverage makers, artists, farmers, retail stores, health practitioners, wellness experts, cosmetics manufacturers, non-profit organizations, innovators in sustainable practices, and libraries.We are committed to supporting clients who strive to produce seismic changes in culture and industry. We work closely with entrepreneurs in innovative industries and markets such as environmentalism & sustainability, cannabis, cryptocurrency & web3 technologies, and psychedelics. Tectonic’s clients are performing on a global scale, where preserving and protecting intellectual property rights is essential for clients to remain competitive and thrive.Are you operating in an emerging market or developing something new?Let Tectonic be your ally to grow your business.