Who We Are
Tectonic, LLP is a boutique intellectual property and business law firm of two attorneys (Hannah M. Stitt and Paige N. Pembrook) who serve clients from their office in the Heart of Noe Valley building in San Francisco, California.Tectonic's attorneys act as litigators and counselors for owners and executives in trademark, copyright, privacy, consumer protection and related business disputes. This means that we will take a fight to court when necessary, but we also know our way around intellectual property and business agreements that tend to resolve disputes.Brand owners and executives in emerging industries seek out Tectonic's legal representation because Tectonic's attorneys specialize in counseling clients operating in liminal spaces. We fight fiercely—and win with integrity—for our clients, pushing the boundaries of culture along side 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 client's individual business goals, priorities and limitations.Living, working, and playing in Silicon Valley, Tectonic’s modern lawyers are tech savvy and utilize 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's attorneys. Plus, technological efficiency results in faster, smoother workflows, and lower costs for our clients.In addition to cutting-edge market experience and tech savviness, Tectonic's attorneys also have the traditional legal background qualifications to recite. That is, Tectonic’s attorneys are admitted to practice everywhere in the State of California, and in the federal district courts of California. Tectonic’s litigators also practice before administrative tribunals, like the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.Tectonic’s attorneys speak at virtual and in-person events for clients, attorneys and the general public on topics related to intellectual property law, civil and prisoner rights, and the ethics of practicing law for emerging markets.Send us a message to learn how to work with us.
Paige N. Pembrook
Earth Shaker / Partner
Paige is a Partner at Tectonic, LLP. As a litigator, Paige represents clients involved in and contemplating trademark, copyright, privacy, and business litigation. As an advisor to creators, media companies, and online businesses, Paige also provides preemptive and ongoing counsel on creative works and products, copyright and trademark clearances, registration, monitoring, licensing, and enforcement. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Paige also provides privacy and security advice and counsel, including the development of privacy policies, procedures, and incident responses, as well as communications with government authorities.Paige graduated cum laude from University of California Hastings with a concentration in intellectual property law and pro bono honors in 2015. While at Hastings, Paige worked as a Research Assistant in privacy law, as well as a Teaching Assistant in legal writing and appellate advocacy. She also competed in the Cardozo Entertainment Law Moot Court Championship Competition team (where her team second place and the top two oral advocate awards) and the National Moot Court Competition team.Prior to Tectonic, Paige worked as a business litigation attorney at various Bay Area law firms, where she gained practical experience at the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts throughout California. She has also worked as a law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission, Electronic Frontier Foundation, the California Department of Justice, and the Supreme Court of California. In those positions she gained a depth of experience in government regulation, appellate advocacy, free speech, free information, consumer protection, and intellectual property law.Outside of Tectonic, Paige spends her time teaching Legal Research and Writing at UC Hastings and volunteering at her local Humane Society / SPCA.If you are in a dispute, then Paige can help you.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude (2015)
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. English (2010)
Certified Information Privacy Professional, IAPP
Certified Open Water Diver, PADI
Adjunct Professor, University of California Hastings College of the Law
Regulation of Alcohol and Cannabis Advertising, Bar Association of San Francisco, October 27, 2022 (moderator)
Pulp or Fiction - Are NFTs Changing Intellectual Property Norms?, Blockchain Law for Social Good Conference, Golden Gate University, October 19, 2022 (moderator)
Do You Have the Right?, Storyteller’s Association of California, October 2022
Avoiding Cannabis Antitrust Litigation, Bar Association of San Francisco, August 31, 2022 (moderator)
Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, Saddleback College, May 11, 2022
Intellectual Property Fundamentals for Cannabis Industry Founders, Success Centers, November 17, 2021
Advising California Cannabis Companies, Bar Association of San Francisco, June 16, 2020 (Moderator)
Hannah M. Stitt
Mountain Mover / Partner
Hannah loves resolving her client’s intellectual property and business problems. She provides services to clients throughout California and the 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 double graduate of the University of California system. Hannah graduated with Honors from University of California Davis in 2010, earning 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.Then, Hannah earned her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She received a certificate of concentration in intellectual property, and graduated with pro bono honors. While at UC Hastings, Hannah worked as a Research Assistant in copyright law and privacy law, as well 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 transactional and litigation) in Bay Area law firms and legal clinics including Epperly & Elam 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, and 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 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, LLP, 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.Send Hannah a message to learn about her services.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. (2015)
University of California, Davis, B.A. Film Studies, B.A. Religious Studies, with honors (2010)
The continuing cannabis “banking crisis” reveals, federal incentives are sweeter than the industry’s prospects for financial institutions, Daily Journal, April 17, 2020
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’s intellectual property attorneys can help you. We solve complex business and legal challenges via a client-centered approach.Our attorneys dedicate time and attention to understanding our clients’ products and services, as well as internal systems, in order 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’s attorneys simplify the complex intricacies of intellectual property and business law into digestible, plain English that clients can easily grasp and translate into operational strategies for securing and protecting the value of their branding and creative work product.Learn how Tectonic can help your business thrive.
Practice Areas & Legal Services
Tectonic is a full-service civil litigation firm, resolving intellectual property and business disputes at any stage of pre-litigation negotiation, litigation, trial, or post-trial appeal. Our attorneys are experienced at negotiating and litigating trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, false advertising, consumer safety, and competitor disputes in a variety of 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)
- Federal Trade Commission
- ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) arbitration proceedings
Tectonic's attorneys are also experienced in commercial contract litigation, as well as shareholder, inventor, founder and partnership disputes that involve intellectual property rights and intangible assets. They prioritize investigation and legal research early during the representation in order to provide clients with clear guidance on how to obtain results. Tectonic's attorneys also understand the importance of engaging consulting and testifying experts early in the dispute resolution process. Doing so may end a dispute before it even gets off the ground, thereby avoiding lengthy and difficult litigation.
As business advisors, Tectonic's attorneys analyze 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's attorneys provide practical advice and common sense legal services in all aspects of trademark selection, clearance, registration, maintenance, policing, and enforcement. They 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 clients 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's attorneys provide advice, representation, and transactional services to creators, media companies, and web-based businesses on a variety of copyright issues, including:
- registering creative works with the U.S. Copyright Office
- preparing and negotiating copyright and other rights licensing agreements
- developing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) compliance procedures
- enforcing copyrights through demand letters, negotiation, and litigation
- responding to copyright related demand letters and litigation
Tectonic's attorneys provide advice, representation, and transactional services to individuals and businesses on a variety of privacy and security issues, including:
- preparing privacy and security policies and procedures
- providing privacy and security compliance advice and counsel
- representing clients before data protection authorities
- responding to and reporting data breach incidents
- enforcing privacy rights through negotiation, government action, and litigation
- responding to privacy related demands, government action, and litigation
Tectonic’s intellectual property attorneys do not practice patent law, but know excellent attorneys who do! We are happy to connect you with qualified attorneys from our network.Send us a message about your business needs today.
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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 creatives, entrepreneurs, and companies operating in or serving emerging industries throughout California and beyond. To date, those markets include creative industries, cryptocurrency, cannabis (marijuana and hemp), 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? Send us a message today.
As a reflection of their lifelong interests in the arts, Tectonic's attorneys received undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and English Literature, and then pursued concentrated studies in intellectual property law. Since entering the legal industry, Tectonic's attorneys continue to demonstrate a keen understanding of and enthusiasm for how copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, and contract rights can help and hinder creative processes.
Blockchain Technology Industry
Tectonic’s attorneys have engaged in discourse with blockchain industry thought leaders since 2011—before most current developers distinguished cryptocurrency from Bitcoin. Our attorneys’ insight into the technology and industry, familiarity with financial institution regulations, and grasp of regulatory agency politics facilitates more accurate risk assessment for clients' intellectual property management strategy.
Cannabis Industry (marijuana and hemp)
Tectonic’s intellectual property attorneys are experienced in negotiating and litigating disputes for all kinds of stakeholders in the cannabis industry. Though still a fledgling industry, there are already hundreds of regulations governing all aspects of commercial cannabis operations in California. Entrepreneurs and companies must incorporate compliance into daily operations, including their intellectual property and marketing strategies.Immersed in the California cannabis industry before even the creation of the medical market, Tectonic’s professional network includes local and state regulators, industry leaders, politicians, activists, and journalists. Whether you are a farmer cultivating cannabis in Humboldt, dispensary owner in Alameda, manufacturer of edibles and tinctures in San Diego, laboratory in Santa Cruz or a professional services provider located in Tulare, Tectonic’s attorneys are cannabis marketplace wonks ready to help you with your branding and business needs.