Malte L. L. Farnaes

Malte L. L. Farnaes

San Diego, California
(619) 738-1700
(619) 930-9874

Mr. Farnaes is Of Counsel to the firm and began his career as an attorney in the San Diego office of Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, where he handled trademark, trade secret, real estate, employment and construction cases. While with the firm, he successfully tried many cases, and was a member of the winning trial team in the largest adversary case ever tried in the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Arizona.

Mr. Farnaes continued his practice with Troutman Sanders, LLP, an international, full-service law firm. During his tenure, he litigated many cases, including a federal trademark infringement case involving one of the nation's largest providers of children's television programming.

In January 2010, Mr. Farnaes opened the Law Office of Malte L. L. Farnaes, a Professional Corporation. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mr. Farnaes has lived in California for over 25 years. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife, Erin, their two children and a black Labrador retriever.

Areas of Practice

  • Trademark

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Law Review: San Diego Law Review, Lead Articles Editor
  • University of California, San Diego
    • B.A. cum laude - 1997
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • “Debt Relief Legal Clinic Going Once, Going Twice. . .”, 12 Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 218, 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award, 2004 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP, Associate
  • Troutman Sanders, LLP
  • Law Office of Malte L. L. Farnaes, a Professional Corporation

Pro Bono Activities

  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Volunteers in Parole


  • English
  • Danish