Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
Lynda Zadra-Symes
My international legal background provides me with valuable insight when enforcing my clients' global IP rights.

Lynda Zadra-Symes


At a Glance

  • Barrister Inns of Court School of Law - London
  • LL.B. First Class Honours, Leicester Polytechnic - England

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • Bar of England and Wales

Professional Profile 

Lynda Zadra-Symes is a litigation partner and co-chair of the firm’s trademark and copyright litigation practice groups. She represents clients through all stages of U.S. litigation, from pre-suits through trial and appeal, in federal courts throughout the country and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Her practice involves all types of intellectual property, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, unfair competition, rights of publicity franchising, labeling, cybersecurity and data privacy. She also advises on issues relating to customs and anti-counterfeiting, international trademarks and copyrights, advertising, social media, competition and passing off. Lynda works with clients in numerous industries, including food & beverage, fashion and beauty, medical device and healthcare, software, financial and professional services, sports and entertainment.

Lynda is a Domain Name Dispute Panelist arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) in Geneva, Switzerland, and has arbitrated numerous domain name disputes.  She is a former Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (“IBA”) committee for Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, and has conducted numerous presentations on a variety of intellectual property matters internationally. Lynda is also a listed Mediator with the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Trademark Mediators Network.

Lynda was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a barrister in November 1989.  She is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (Inn of Court) and undertook her barrister training at One Essex Court, London with a barrister specializing in intellectual property law.  Lynda was admitted to the California Bar in 1991. 

Prior to commencing her legal studies, Lynda worked for three years at the World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO") in Geneva, Switzerland. She joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1996.


  • Inns of Court School of Law - London (Barrister 1989), Inns of Court Studentship Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Leicester Polytechnic - England (LL.B. First Class Honours 1988), Annual Sweet & Maxwell award for highest results 1985-1988
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