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Dan D. Schwender Foldenauer Law

Dan Schwender is a trial attorney at Foldenauer Law Group with extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes through all aspects of litigation, trial, and alternative dispute resolution. He is involved in all aspects of the firm’s litigation practice, from initial case strategy through trial, and has substantial experience handling complex business disputes involving claims of professional negligence, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, racketeering, intellectual property and trade secret misappropriation, and products liability litigation. Since joining the firm, Dan has helped to recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements and, likewise, successfully defended lawsuits seeking millions of dollars.

Dan currently serves as a member in several local legal associations. He is a past board member of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Board of Directors and remains active with the American Inns of Court.

During law school, Dan consistently made the Dean’s List for academic excellence, served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Ruben B. Brooks in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Jan Goldsmith (Ret.) in the Superior Court of California.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys surfing, camping, and playing games with his family.



Supreme Court of California

United States District Court Southern District of California

United States District Court Central District of California


Does Copyright Law Protect Graffiti and Street Art?, in Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art (Jeffrey Ian Ross ed., New York, NY: Routledge) (2016)

Developing Tomorrow’s Legal Leaders, 5 San Diego Lawyer 30 (Alidad Vakili ed., San Diego, CA: San Diego County Bar Association) (Sept./Oct. 2014)

If Reagan Played Disco: Rocking Out and Selling Out with the Talking Heads of Political Campaigns and Their Unauthorized Use of Music, in Music and Law, Vol. 18 Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance (Mathieu Deflem ed., Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing) (2013)

Reducing Unauthorized Digital Downloading of Music by Obtaining Voluntary Compliance with Copyright Law Through the Removal of Corporate Power in the Recording Industry, 34:2 Thomas Jefferson Law Review 225 (Spring 2012)

Improving Patent Adjudication: An Updated and Revised Survey of Practitioners’ Experience and Opinions (Co-Author), 32 Thomas Jefferson Law Review 223 (Spring 2010)

New Hampshire House Bill 161 to Repeal State Copyright Protection Law Passed the House, but Failed in the Senate; Bill May Resurface in 2010, in American Bar Association, Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments: 2009, 211 (American Bar Association 2009)

Promotion of the Arts: An Argument for Limited Copyright Protection of Illegal Graffiti, 55 Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 257 (Winter 2008)

Congressional Trademark Delusion: Section 2(a) Expands the Unclean Hands Doctrine Too Far, 48 IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review 225 (Winter 2008)


Certificate of Appreciation, Superior Court of California 2006 for Small Claims Mediation Volunteer Service

San Diego Bar Association, Member

San Diego Lawyer: The Journal of the San Diego County Bar Association, Editorial Board – 2014

American Bar Association, Member – 2006-2010, 2013

Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Member – 2013, 2016

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member – 2010-2011

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member – 2009-2010

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Board of Directors, 2009

American Inns of Court, Hon. J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, Associate – 2008-2009


The George Washington University Law School – LL.M. – 2010

Thomas Jefferson School of Law – J.D. – 2007 (summa cum laude) Chief Notes Editor – Thomas Jefferson Law Review

University of Utah B.S. – 1998


The Daily Transcript, nominated for Young Attorneys 2013

Law Review: Chief Notes Editor 2006-2007; Staff Associate 2005-2006

High Grade Awards: Copyright; Advanced Trademark Seminar; IP and Unfair Competition

Fellowship and Certificate from the Center for Law, Technology, and Communications

Distinguished Honor Roll and National Dean’s List

Certificate of Appreciation, Superior Court of California 2006 for Small Claims Mediation Volunteer Service