Dan Pollack started his legal career in the heart of Silicon Valley, specializing in intellectual property and commercial litigation at the Palo Alto, California offices of two of America’s biggest law firms: Squire Sanders LLP and Paul Hastings LLP. He represented a diverse spectrum of corporate clients – from startups to multi-nationals – before federal and state courts, primarily in technology-related disputes.
In 2006, Dan returned to his hometown of Toronto to article and work as an associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, handling patent litigation and copyright matters. In 2008, Dan moved to the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the nation’s leading performing rights organization, to lead copyright enforcement efforts on behalf of SOCAN’s members. From 2010 until 2016, Dan served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Masterfile, an international stock image licensing agency, where he provided legal advice on a variety of issues including copyright and media law and he continues to work with Masterfile as a client. In 2013, he launched his own firm, Dan Pollack Law – initially on a part-time basis and full-time starting in 2016.
Dan received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 2002. He was admitted to practice in California the same year, and was called to the bar in Ontario, Canada in 2008. Dan successfully completed the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Before becoming a lawyer, Dan worked as a paralegal at a New York City law firm, and taught English in Japan for more than two years. He graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a B.A. (Hons) in History.
Dan grew up in downtown Toronto and has returned to live there today. In his free time, Dan enjoys coaching little league baseball (and playing badly), studying Japanese, listening to a wide range of music, and spending time with his wife and two sons – if they want to hang out with him!