Bird Marella Names Timothy Yoo as its Newest Principal & Welcomes Five New Associates

Timothy B. Yoo focuses his practice on business litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes. Timothy was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in California by the Daily Journal in 2016.

He has extensive experience representing domestic and multinational companies in matters involving patents, trademarks, digital media and design copyrights, and theft of trade secrets.

Fluent in Korean, Timothy co-heads Bird Marella’s Korea Practice and is a member of the firm’s Entertainment Practice Group, where he specializes in advising entertainment and technology companies on defending and asserting their intellectual property rights in the US.  He also advises domestic and multinational companies on all aspects of commercial and business disputes, including trials and appeals in state and federal courts.

Representative Cases

  • Represented a California financial institution against claims of securities fraud and alleged damages exceeding $25 million. Plaintiff was the largest shareholder and former Chairman of the Board for the institution. After cross-examination of Plaintiff and certain rulings by the trial judge, Plaintiff agreed to have judgment entered in favor of client, ending five years of litigation.

  • Prevailed on a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of Korea’s largest entertainment and media conglomerate, over alleged improper distribution of Korean music in the United States, in which Plaintiffs sought over $50 million in damages.

  • Successfully defended one of the largest American fashion retailers in a design copyright infringement lawsuit, obtaining a dismissal with prejudice before the close of fact discovery.

  • Represented large wireless device manufacturer in a patent infringement investigation before the International Trade Commission, resulting in a determination of non-infringement and invalidity of the asserted patent.

  • Represented Intel in a patent litigation matter in the District of Delaware, resulting in a stipulation and final judgment of non-infringement following claim construction, which was later affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented defense subcontractor in a theft of trade secrets and Lanham Act Section 43 trade dress/unfair competition action in the Central District of California, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client.


  • Regional Governor, International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Member, Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
  • Member, Board of Directors, LACBA Counsel for Justice
  • 2016 Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

Benchmark Litigation Names Three Bird Marella Principals to the Under 40 Hot List

Bird Marella is proud to announce that principals Ariel Neuman, Timothy Yoo, and Nicole Van Dyk have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as leading litigation attorneys under 40 years of age in its annual Under 40 Hot List. To see the full ...

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Six Bird Marella Attorneys Selected by Super Lawyers as 2017 Rising Stars

Bird Marella attorneys Ariel Neuman, David Chao, Nicole Van Dyk, Kimberley Miller, Doug Fretty, and Timothy Yoo have been selected by Super Lawyers as 2017 Rising Stars. This is the third consecutive year that both Ariel (white-collar litigation) and David (civil litigation) have been selected. For the ...

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Bird Marella Wins Trial for Education Company and Upholds Enforceability of Multi-million Dollar Judgment

Bird Marella principals Ekwan Rhow and Timothy Yoo secured another trial victory for test preparation and admissions consulting company Elite of Los Angeles. In 2013, Mr. Rhow obtained a jury verdict against former Elite employee Christopher John Hamilton for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties, and ...

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Timothy Yoo Named to Daily Journal’s Top 40 under 40

Bird Marella principal Timothy Yoo has been named to the Daily Journal’s Top 40 under 40 list. The annual listing honors 40 attorneys, 20 from Northern California and 20 from Southern California, under the age of 40 whose work is impacting an industry, society, or the law in a ...

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Bird Marella Prevails at Trial for Hanmi Bank in Securities Fraud Lawsuit

Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow, Terry Bird, Timothy Yoo, and Emerson Kim successfully defended Hanmi Bank and its parent company, Hanmi Financial Corporation, against claims of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation brought by its former Chairman and largest individual shareholder, John Ahn. Mr. Ahn owned over $40 million ...

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Bird Marella Obtains Dismissal of Copyright Infringement Lawsuit On Behalf of CJ Entertainment & Media

Representing Korea’s largest entertainment and media conglomerate, CJ E&M Corporation, and its U.S. subsidiary, CJ E&M America, Inc., Bird Marella prevailed on a motion to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  The complaint, which sought more than $50M in damages, ...

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Bird Marella Names Timothy Yoo as its Newest Principal & Welcomes Five New Associates

Bird Marella is proud to announce the elevation of  Timothy Yoo to Principal, and the addition of five dynamic new Associates: Ashley Bowman, Julian Burns, Kimberley Miller, Andrew Moshirnia, and Fanxi Wang. The elevation of Tim and the addition of five new attorneys demonstrate the continued ...

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Other News & Events

  • Speaker, Managing Disputes as In-House Counsel, ALB Korea In-house Legal Summit 2014, November 2014
  • Speaker, Creating a successful international ADR strategy, ALB International ADR Conference, July 2014
  • Panelist, External Arbitrators Aiding In-house Counsel – Communication, Practice and Issues Needing Improvement, 4th Hong Kong International Arbitration Summit, May 2014

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