Hazel Mae B. Pangan


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  • Biography

    Hazel Mae Pangan is a partner with the Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation, Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity, and Entertainment, Fashion, Media & Sports practice groups. Ms. Pangan maintains an intellectual property and commercial litigation practice in both state and federal courts.  She has successfully handled copyright, trademark, patent, antitrust, technology, and other commercial matters involving various business sectors, including the consumer products, internet services, software, apparel, and jewelry industries.

    Prior to attending law school, Ms. Pangan worked as a corporate systems instructor and administrator for a Fortune 500 defense contractor. In that capacity, Ms. Pangan developed training curriculum and authored corporate policies and procedures in compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and as mandated by federal regulatory organizations. Ms. Pangan also worked directly on the design and implementation of enterprise application software.

    During law school, Ms. Pangan clerked at the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California and the Attorney General's Office of the California Department of Justice. Ms. Pangan has successfully argued in the California Courts of Appeal, obtaining affirmance for each representative matter.


    U.S. District Court, Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

    Community Involvement

    Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, Board of Directors, Treasurer, 2012-2013

  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience

    Representative Experience

    Representation of clothing and apparel designers, manufacturers, and retailers in trademark infringement litigation.

    Representation of a telecommunications and technology company in patent litigation involving coaxial cable connectors.

    Representation of an internet domain registry operator in antitrust litigation.

    Representation of a start-up food technology company and its directors and officers in shareholder derivative litigation.

    Representation of an international fitness company in trademark infringement, anti-cybersquatting, and other Lanham Act claims. 

    Representation of a leading cellular phone accessories company in trademark and copyright litigation. 

    Representation of a luxury jewelry designer and retailer in trademark, trade secrets, and licensing litigation. 

    Representation of multiple software, and internet services and marketing companies in breach of contract and trademark matters involving various products and services.

  • Publications & Presentations


    Whose Copyright Is It Anyway? Ninth Circuit Holds That Copyright Infringement Plaintiff-for-Hire Lacks Standing to Sue, Gordon & Rees Intellectual Property Newsletter (June 2013)

    Ninth Circuit Upholds Multi-Million Dollar Judgment Notwithstanding Challenges to Damages Expert's Testimony, Gordon & Rees Intellectual Property Newsletter (May 2013)

    Ninth Circuit Increases Copyright Infringement Defendants’ Susceptibility to Personal Jurisdiction, Gordon & Rees IP Newsletter (February 2013)

    Deep Product Discounts May Constitute Product Disparagement, Gordon & Rees Intellectual Property Law Update (July 2012)

    Likelihood-of-Confusion Surveys as Evidence in Trademark Litigation, 24 Intellectual Property & Technology Journal 19-27 (2012)

    Dueling Denim: Ninth Circuit Holds That Trademark Dilution-By-Blurring Does Not Require “Identical” or “Nearly Identical” Marks Under the Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006, Gordon & Rees Intellectual Property Law Update (February 2011)

  • Education


    J.D., University of San Diego School of Law

    • San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law, Executive Editorial Board, Articles Editor

    • Appellate Moot Court Executive Board, National Team Member and Coach

    • Philip C. Jessup International Law Competition Super Regional, Best Oral Advocate and Memorial (Brief) Awards

    • Order of Barristers

    B.A., English, University of California, Los Angeles

    • Outreach Program Mentorship Appreciation Award


    Top Young Attorney Nominee, 2011-2014, San Diego Daily Transcript


    • California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General


    • United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California
  • Languages
    • Tagalog (Philippines)