Ciara represents technology companies in intellectual property and business disputes. Her practice focuses on copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, and commercial litigation matters for clients in the Internet, digital media, and software industries. Ciara handles disputes at all stages, including prelitigation dispute resolution, intellectual property enforcement and protection, discovery, dispositive motions, and trial. She also counsels clients on a wide variety of legal issues, including consumer protection and privacy laws and policies, secondary liability for online service providers, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), anonymous speech on the Internet, and right of publicity.
Prior to joining Tyz Law Group, Ciara practiced in the Intellectual Property & Commercial Litigation Group at Fenwick & West LLP for six years. While at Fenwick, Ciara represented technology companies in complex litigation. She represented a major Internet service provider against claims of secondary liability for copyright infringement in a federal jury trial. She also obtained summary judgment for a digital music streaming platform accused of direct and contributory copyright infringement by a record label. Ciara also frequently represented technology and Internet companies in trademark infringement actions, obtaining summary judgment for one client on all of plaintiff’s claims on laches grounds.
Ciara also has a passion for taking on high-impact pro bono matters to help underrepresented individuals and advance important legal issues. While at Fenwick, Ciara spent a week in Lumpkin, Georgia representing immigrants detained at Stewart Detention Center in connection with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI). Ciara also represented a nonprofit news organization in ongoing efforts to obtain certain firearm-related data from the government under the Freedom of Information Act. Ciara values pursuing justice in these and other important areas both in her practice and beyond it.
During law school, Ciara was a member of the Berkeley Law Mock Trial Team and served as Co-Chair of the Berkeley Law Board of Advocates and on the Editorial Board of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013 – American Jurisprudence Award, Evidence; Prosser Prize in Written & Oral Advocacy, Constitutional Law, and Family Law
B.A., with distinction, Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
Member of the State Bar of California
Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California
Admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit