Venkat Balasubramani

About Venkat

Venkat is primarily a litigator, and his practice focuses on commercial and intellectual property disputes. He also counsels clients on privacy, social media, marketing and other issues in the Internet space. He has a keen interest in blogging and social media, and once covered a trial for The Hollywood Reporter. Super Lawyers magazine profiled Venkat in a 2015 article, writing “tough cases energize Balasubramanieven when they’re not his own.”

Venkat clerked for the Honorable John C. Coughenour (W.D. Wash.), then spent a year at Perkins Coie LLP. He left Perkins Coie to start UrbanEarth, an Internet company. Venkat then worked as in-house counsel for WildTangent, Inc., a multimedia platform company. He also spent four years focusing on Internet-litigation matters at Newman & Newman before establishing his own firm.

During his career Venkat has handled a wide range of litigation matters, including several precedent-setting cases. For example, he was counsel in one of the first enforcement actions where a judgment creditor seized the domain name of a debtor (Bodog). He also argued a case where the Washington State Supreme Court invalidated a statute prohibiting false political advertising. He frequently takes on cases pro bono, primarily for the ACLU of Washington.

Venkat enjoys working at Focal because it’s a fun, flexible work environment with great clients and an endless supply of interesting legal issues and cases.

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Practice Areas

  • Internet Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Disputes
  • First Amendment


  • University of Denver, College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif (Law Review General Editor)
  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Washington

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More about Venkat


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John C. Coughenour, United States District Judge (W.D. Wash.)
  • Newman & Newman (2002-2006)
  • WildTangent, Inc. (2000-2001)
  • (1999-2000)
  • Perkins Coie LLP (1998-1999)

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics magazine (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Memberships & Associations

  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington (past President)
  • ACLU of Washington (legal committee member; past board member)

Blog/Profile Links

In addition to the cutting edge legal issues we deal with, we value the diversity of clients, co-workers, and perspectives that we have.

Venkat Balasubramani, Founder