Tyler Atkinson

Tyler Atkinson


Tyler represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, public entity litigation, and high-stakes disputes. His clients range from individuals and closely held businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Tyler also frequently represents defendants and victims in criminal cases.  His combined civil and criminal practices have helped him gain considerable experience in courtrooms throughout the Bay Area.  His representation of criminal defendants facing potential civil claims, and civil clients with potential criminal exposure, has given Tyler valuable perspective on the interplay of civil law and criminal justice.

Tyler also frequently assists in negotiations and crisis management, counseling corporate and executive clients in sensitive matters that require careful handling.  He has experience in a variety of media, publicity, internet, privacy, and free speech matters. 

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  • Credentials


    • State Bar of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. Supreme Court


    • J.D., cum laude, Dean’s List, University of Notre Dame Law School
    • B.A., honors, Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • National University of Singapore
  • Experience
    • Obtained seven-figure arbitration award against multiple Florida-based defendants.  The defendants originally refused to arbitrate, but Tyler obtained a federal court order requiring them to do so.
    • Defended major U.S.-based cybersecurity company in corporate espionage case.  Tyler disproved allegations that a high-level executive transmitted secrets to an archrival.
    • Successfully defended leading semiconductor manufacturer against patentholder claiming hundreds of millions in damages for patent infringement and antitrust violations.
    • Secured $9,000,000 settlement against managed care consortium in hard fought arbitration.
    • Won unanimous jury verdict against County defendants for violation of client’s Constitutional rights.
    • Successfully prosecuted federal privacy suit against U.S. Government as lead trial attorney.
    • Won unanimous jury verdict against domestic abuser
    • Obtained dismissal of felony assault charges after forensic investigation disproved accuser’s allegations.
    • Obtained an $11.2 million recovery and separate medical expense settlement in personal injury case involving more than eight defendants.
    • Successfully defended national governing body of U.S. Olympic sport in multi-million dollar action.
    • Secured hard-fought restraining orders for national corporate clients.
    • Argued critical motions on behalf of major U.S. company in case resulting in $80 million judgment for client.
    • Coordinated electronic discovery for law firm after sanctions were issued in landmark Qualcomm v. Broadcom opinion; Tyler’s work contributed to the lifting of massive penalties against the attorney clients.
    • Recovered amounts overpaid by telecommunications company in commercial lease dispute.
    • Obtained sizeable judgment for elderly couple swindled by a financial planner and his controlled parties.
  • Awards & Honors


    • The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Commercial Litigation, 2024
    • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2023
    • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013-2022


    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (limited to top one-half of one (1) percent of trial lawyers)
  • Articles & Blogs
  • Professional & Community Contributions
    • Member Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Santa Cruz County
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • Content Attorney at Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
    • Professor of Remedies, Lincoln Law School of San Jose 
    • Managing Attorney, Legal Counseling Office at Stanford University
    • Civil Practice Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA)
    • Past Member, Finance Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA)
    • Past Chair of the County Bar Civil Practice Committee, SCCBA 
    • Executive Editor of the Journal of Legislation.  His work has been cited by the American Bar Association, the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (part of the Wisconsin state legislature), the Indiana Law Review, the Drake Law Review, the Denver University Law Review, and the University of Memphis Law Review, as well as several other publications.
    • Notre Dame Law School Honor Council