"My goal is to provide client-centered, cutting-edge, cost-effective legal expertise."
-David S. Greber
Mr. Greber’s most valuable attributes as an attorney are his abilities to:
- Identify critical client objectives, especially when the facts and law are complicated
- Create winning alternatives and explain them in a way that points to the best path forward
Mr. Greber is particularly skilled in applying these abilities in the areas of business and intellectual property law, and civil litigation.
Mr. Greber's extensive business law experience includes representation of companies and corporations in all stages of their business life-cycle, from initial founding, through growth and expansion, to sale. His intellectual property law background includes the registration and protection of copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He has also represented clients in state and federal court in a variety of civil litigation matters, including disputes among business owners and cases involving infringement of intellectual property rights.
Following are more specific examples of the types of legal work Mr. Greber does and the kinds of clients he typically represents.
Business and Intellectual Property Law
Since the adoption of the federal “check the box” rules governing taxation of limited liability companies, most of the companies Mr. Greber has helped form have been LLCs. He has often worked with his clients and their CPAs to analyze whether the business being formed would best be taxed as a partnership, S Corporation, C Corporation, or disregarded entity. Mr. Greber has drafted numerous limited liability company operating agreements, particularly for companies taxed as partnerships, with a variety of governance, distribution, and buy-back provisions.
Mr. Greber advises clients concerning their company governance obligations under applicable statutes and ownership agreements. He has helped clients draft private placement memoranda for use in raising money by sales of securities to accredited investors under Rule 506 of federal Regulation D.
Mr. Greber has also negotiated and drafted a wide variety of corporate contracts, including distribution and research cooperation agreements between American and foreign entities, joint venture agreements, and license agreements. He has assisted clients in buying and selling businesses using both asset purchase and ownership purchase agreements.
Mr. Greber’s federal trademark law experience includes comprehensive trademark search analysis, responding to and overcoming Trademark Examining Attorney objections to registration, negotiating trademark coexistence agreements with potential opposers, representation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and filing Declarations of Use and Incontestability.
Privacy and Data Protection Law
Mr. Greber is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community. The IAPP developed and launched the only globally-recognized credentialing programs in information privacy. Mr. Greber holds the CIPP/US certification (Certified Information Privacy Professional / US concentration). He advises clients on how to comply with federal and state privacy laws governing the collection, use, retention, disclosure, and destruction of personal information from customers.
Mr. Greber has represented clients in a variety of litigation matters before state and federal courts, ranging from disputes among business owners, to a federal class action suit alleging violations of ERISA by a national labor union, to claims involving violations of various intellectual property rights, to large insurance coverage cases, to defamation cases. He has argued before the federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and has served as defense counsel in complex insurance coverage disputes, including Keene v. Columbia Casualty, in which the court upheld the insurer's refusal to extend coverage under $13 million of general liability excess policies (11 No. 7 Mealy's Litig. Rep.: Ins. 3, Nov. 27, 1996). He also served as an arbitrator in a commercial dispute involving the European distribution of American products by a foreign corporation.
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