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De Novo Legal, LLP 171 Saxony Road, Suite 209, Encinitas , California 92024
Maria Johnson, Esq. Phone : 760.942.7269 Cell : 858.964.8217 Fax : 760.683.3249 E-mail :
Pollie Gautsch, Esq. Phone : 760.942.7269 Cell : 858.344.5905 Fax : 760.454.4673 E-mail :

About Us

Pollie A. Gautsch, Partner
Ms. Gautsch is a California licensed attorney with extensive experience in corporate legal work. She began her career as a trademark specialist at an international intellectual property law firm and transitioned into Akkadix Corporation, a La Jolla based agricultural biotech company as a Corporate Counsel specializing in intellectual property, employment and corporate governance. Ms Gautsch continued her career advancements by becoming a Senior Corporate Counsel for The Upper Deck Company, LLC, a large sports and entertainment publishing company.

As Senior Corporate Counsel, she headed the company’s fraud investigation team protecting valuable brands; managed the intellectual property group, handling the company’s over 2,500 trademarks and its large patent and copyright portfolio. Additional she also negotiated and drafted license agreements with licensors including Disney, Nickelodeon, Marvel and DC Comics, and advised all departments of the company with their legal needs including human resources, executive, operations, facilities, manufacturing, purchasing, finance, travel, and sports and entertainment licensing.

She is a member of the California and San Diego Bar Associations, International Trademark Association, The Lawyers Club, and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

Maria Johnson, Partner
Maria Johnson is a California licensed attorney with a specialization in Intellectual Property law. Ms. Johnson was General Counsel and Governmental Liaison for Dimension Ones Spas, a world-wide manufacturer or hot tubs/spas. Ms. Johnson provided legal advise and counsel with respect to product development, marketing, employment and labor issues, finance, purchasing, manufacturing, global distribution and sales, global logistic set up, intellectual property licensing, corporate governance and risk management.

Ms. Johnson has significant experience in managing U.S. and foreign trademark, patent and copyright portfolios for international companies. Ms. Johnson's practice also includes the management of U.S. and foreign counsel and the oversight of all types of litigation. Ms. Johnson has negotiated and drafted license agreements and settlement agreements with companies such as Icon, Capitol Records and Hot Springs.

Ms. Johnson has significant experience with business development and marketing. Ms. Johnson has secured placements, brand partnerships, and public relation opportunities for consumer product companies with networks such as Fox Sports, CBS, Dick Clark Productions, Discovery Channel, VH1, Hearst Corporation, Conde Nast and Meredith Corporation.

She earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 2001 from the Whittier Law School, is a graduate of York College in Ontario, Canada, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1996, and is a member of the California State Bar. Ms. Johnson also holds certificates in Intellectual Property law and Mediation.

Her previous experience includes Business and Legal Affairs and Rights and Clearances Associate with E! Entertainment Her wide-ranging experience in the entertainment field also includes working for Fox Sports Music Department.

Ms. Johnson holds memberships in the International Trademark Association, the International Trade Advisory Boards, the American Corporate Counsel Association, The San Diego, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Bar and American Bar Associations .

Tim Dennison, Intellectual Property Specialist
Tim Dennison has a J.D. with an emphasis in Patent Law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. In between degrees he has worked in the semiconductor manufacturing and robotic vision fields with postings in the United States, Southeast Asia and Europe.

Our Comments

Look at the terms they use. Pollie Gautsch has "extensive experience in corporate legal work" but they don't say for how long, how much is "extensive", and for whom she toiled to get this experience. She began as a "trademark specialist" (read general flunky or "get me some more coffee will you, Hon?") and "transitioned" (??got fired and found a new job because coffee was too difficult??) to a biotech firm? Sounds like she got fired there as well and only Upper Deck was desperate enough to hire her.

The second paragraph sounds like resume enhancement straight out of some sort of manual. If she was doing all of that, and apparently very valuable to Upper Deck, why did she leave Upper Deck to start some dinky-assed small law firm that lies to people about trademark infringement? We think she's lying about how important she was. She certainly lied to us about not being with De Novo Legal any more.

Maria Johnson has "a specialization". Cool. Her previous experience seems to be limited to two companies niether of which does she state for how long. Just flowing grandiose statements about how great she is. We ask the same question of her. If you're so damned good why did you leave real legal employment to work at some small law firm lying to small business people?

Tim Dennison couldn't get a job with a real law firm? Or, he lost an election bet.

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