Law School/Year: J.D., Stanford Law School, 1996
College/Year: B.A., magna cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992, Phi Beta Kappa
Corporate Business; Intellectual Property; Patent, Trademark & Copyright; Technology
Lance Kurata has served as lead counsel on hundreds of technology transactions, such as strategic collaborations, technology licensing and other business transactions directed to the use, transfer and development of technology and intellectual property assets. He advises both startup and mature companies in the life sciences, information technology and clean technology industries. Locally, he has represented Biogen Idec, Life Technologies, Nokia, MIR3, Fair Isaac Corp., SAIC and ViaSat on important technology transactions. He provides strategic and creative advice for the commercialization and exploitation of technology assets and have successfully structured and negotiated numerous high-profile technology-based transactions with and for global industry leaders.
Kurata heads up Mintz Levin’s West Coast technology transactions practice. In 2006, he was part of the group that established the San Diego office of Mintz Levin (which itself was founded 77 years ago). Prior to Mintz Levin, he was a partner in Fish & Richardson’s corporate group, where he coordinated the firmwide licensing practice. Kurata began his career at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, in its corporate group, where he headed Brobeck’s technology licensing practice for the San Diego office. He is a frequent speaker on licensing topics.
Kurata was previously named a Top Attorney by The Daily Transcript in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was recognized by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine as one of its Forty under 40 in 2007.
Member of the San Diego County Bar Association and Pan Asian Lawyer Association.
Married to Kim Kurata; three sons, Carl, 10, Braden, 3, and Blake, 1. Kurata grew up in Los Angeles (Culver City) and Redlands, Calif. He spent a year in Japan studying economics and playing soccer for Osaka University.