Jack Praetzellis is a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of MBV Law LLP. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, real estate litigation, bankruptcy litigation and intellectual property litigation.
Jack represents California businesses in intellectual property litigation and litigation under the Lanham Act. He also represents numerous banks and individuals throughout Northern California litigating various real property issues, with a focus on questions of lien priority and equitable subrogation.
Jack’s representative matters include:
- Representing an individual in an action against JPMorgan Chase Bank to quiet title to real property. Jack and his team at MBV Law obtained summary judgment in San Mateo Superior Court holding that JPMorgan’s Deed of Trust (in excess of $1 million dollars) had been wiped out in a trustee’s sale.
- Represented George “geohot” Hotz a well-known security expert famous for “jailbreaking” the iPhone at age 17. Jack represented Mr. Hotz in Sony Computer Entertainment America v. George Hotz, et al. (Northern District California) relating to Mr. Hotz’s creation of a “jailbreak” for the Playstation3 Computer. Sony Computer Entertainment America alleged this jailbreak constituted “circumvention” under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. After a heavily litigated (and well publicized) three months involving the interplay between numerous legal and technology issues, Jack and co-counsel reached a favorable, but confidential settlement for Mr. Hotz.
- Representing a Southern California company in defense of a theft of trade secrets and infringement matter. Successfully removed and transferred the case from Arizona Superior Court to the Central District of California where the client was located in the face of a forum selection clause identifying Arizona Superior Court. This procedural maneuvering prompted a favorable settlement.
Before joining MBV Law, Jack was an extern for Justice Ignacio Ruvulo, Presiding Judge, First District, California Court of Appeal. Jack is qualified to practice before the California bar. He is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California.
Jack graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was a Comments Editor for the USF Law Review and received CALI Awards in Constitutional Law and Law of Settlements. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in English Literature. Jack lives in San Francisco and spends his spare time reading science fiction.