Jonathan T. Rubens

Top rated Business & Corporate attorney in San Francisco, California

Moscone Emblidge & Rubens LLP
Jonathan T. Rubens
Moscone Emblidge & Rubens LLP

Practice Areas: Business & Corporate, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions

Licensed in California since: 1990

Education: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, French, German

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

Moscone Emblidge & Rubens LLP

220 Montgomery Street
Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104 Visit website


Jonathan T. Rubens is a dedicated attorney and partner at the law firm of Moscone Emblidge & Rubens LLP. For more than three decades, he has been successfully helping the residents of San Francisco, California, with their business and intellectual property law needs. He offers comprehensive legal representation to clients of all sizes and from various industries, including but not limited to health care, hospitality, fitness, automation, IT and food and beverage.

Known for being innovative and practical, Mr. Rubens fiercely advocates for his clients’ rights and provides straightforward advice during every stage of the legal process. He guides them in areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial loan transactions, business formations and succession planning, corporate and LLC structuring, equity ownership transition, corporate fiduciary duty, trade secret misappropriation, privacy and copyright infringement.

After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1985, Mr. Rubens received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, in 1990. During his time there, he served as the managing editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal. He worked as a business transactions attorney in a San Francisco law firm for seven-plus years and then as editor-in-chief for Business Law Today before partnering with his current firm.

Fluent in English, French and German, Mr. Rubens constantly upskills himself by presenting and taking part in many continuing legal education seminars and conferences across California. He has also contributed a number of publications to reputable legal journals. 

A long-serving member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Rubens is a former chair of its Business Law Section and a member of several other sections such as the Cyberspace Law Committee; Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee; and the Middle Market and Small Business Committee. He also holds membership in the Association for Corporate Growth – San Francisco Chapter.

Practice areas

Business/Corporate, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 50% Business/Corporate
  • 30% Intellectual Property
  • 20% Mergers & Acquisitions

First Admitted: 1990, California

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Educational Background:
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude, 1985
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Editor-in-chief,, 2017-2020
  • “Term Sheets for Early Stage Private Financing Transactions – From Start-Up to Series A,” University of Maryland Robert Smith School of Business Entrepreneurship Program, November 2003, November 2004 and Spring 2006
  • “A Survey of Intellectual Property Protection Strategies for the New Entrepreneur,” University of Maryland Robert Smith School of Business Entrepreneurship Program, November 2003, November 2004, Spring 2006
  • “Representing Startups and Emerging Growth Companies,” Bar Association of California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2002, 2004, 2006 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017
  • “Now that You’re Running the Club, who is Protecting Your Members’ Private Information?” Club Industry (health and fitness industry association), 2008
  • “’Technotainment’ IP Law: A Year in Review,” Oregon State Bar Intellectual Property Section, 2009
  • “Data Security Breaches: The Growing Liability Threat – Crafting and Implementing Policies to Prevent and Respond to Inadvertent Disclosures,” Strafford Publications, February 2010
  • “Online Networking Media and Lawyer Ethics: How Many Tweets Are Too Many?” Continuing Education of the Bar – California, November 2009
  • “Lawyers in the Cloud: Professional Responsibility Issues Raised by Cloud Computing,” Continuing Education of the Bar – California, May 2010
  • “Exit Planning: What Every CEO, Business Owner and Board Advisor Needs to Know,” TiE Interconnect, November 2010
  • “The e-Discovery weather is cloudy:  Practical and Professional Responsibility Problems in litigation and e-discovery raised by reliance on Cloud Computing Services”, California women in e-discovery, January 2011
  •  “The Technology Industry in San Francisco: Outlook and Forecast”, Association for Corporate Growth –San Francisco, Fall, 2011
  • Organizer and Moderator, “Institute on the Law of Cyberspace”, ABA cyberspace law committee, San Francisco, January 2012, Los Angeles, January 2013, Denver, January 2014
  • “Trademarks and the startup or early-stage company“, ABA Institute for the Young Business Lawyer, March 2012
  • “Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Using Social Media”, and “”Like” My Brand: Promoting and Defending IP on Social Media”, California Continuing Education of The Bar, Spring, 2014
  • “Privacy and Data Security Soup to Nuts,” ABA Business Law Basics, May 2015, ABA Institute for the Young Business Lawyer, April 2014, Institute for the Young Business Lawyer, 2010
  • Contributing Columnist, Business formation and financing issues, TechTV Working the Web, 2006-2007
  • “Ethical Problems in Representing Early-Stage Companies,” Bar Association of California Business Law News, Winter 2005
  • Editor-in-Chief,, information on legal issues raised by launching a new online business, established August 2007
  • “Launching the New Online Business,” The IP Deskbook for the Business Lawyer, second edition 2010, third edition 2012, fourth edition, 2019, ABA Publishing
  • “Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Intellectual Property Cases 2007,” The Business Lawyer, November 2008
  • “Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Intellectual Property Cases 2008“, The Business Lawyer, November 2009
  • “So Many Privacy Rules!” Business Law Today, July/August 2009
  • Introduction to Internet for the Business Lawyer, Second Edition, ABA Publishing 2012
  • Introduction to Survey of the Law of Cyberspace, The Business Lawyer, November 2011, November 2012, November 2013 and November 2014
  • “Survey of the Law of Cyberspace – Copyright in Cyberspace“, The Business Lawyer, November 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, American Bar Association Business Law Section cyberspace law committee, member venture capital & private equity committee, middle-market and small business committee;  Association for Corporate Growth - SF chapter member.
Industry Groups:
  • Emerging Companies
  • Food & Beverage
  • Technology

Office location for Jonathan T. Rubens

220 Montgomery Street
Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-362-3599


3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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