Robert A. Nakamae

Deputy County Counsel

Robert A. Nakamae joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2006 and handles all County intellectual property matters, including trademark and copyright registrations.  He also represents the Assessor at assessment appeals hearings, and negotiates information technology contracts on the County’s behalf.  Robert currently represents the Assessor’s Office, the Information Services Department, and the Procurement Department; he has also served as counsel to the Clerk-Recorder’s Office and the San Francisco Transfer Tax Board.

Since joining the Office, Robert has advised on legal issues regarding a wide range of County contracts and projects, including the County Counsel’s Intellectual Property Division, AlertSCC (emergency alert system), e-Payments, Assessor and Clerk of the Board assessment and appraisal software, Social Media policies and guidelines, consolidation of Microsoft licenses, CD/SaaS RFP, and Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority.  He also counseled the San Francisco Transfer Tax Review Board regarding a Catholic Church documentary transfer tax dispute.

Robert’s professional expertise includes:

  • Federal trademark and copyright law
  • IT contracting and other related issues
  • Procurement solicitation and contract law
  • Assessment appeals


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, LL.M. in Intellectual Property, 2003
  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Santa Clara University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1987

Professional Associations

  • Vice Chair, County of Santa Clara Enterprise Content Management Center of Excellence
  • Former Chair, County Counsels’ Association of California Taxation Section
  • Member, County Counsels’ Association of California Telecommunication Committee
  • Chair, County Counsels’ Association of California Statewide Tax Liaison Committee

Prior Experience

  • Shareholder at Robinson & Wood, Inc. (1991-2006)
  • Tax Specialist at KPMG Peat Marwick (1990-1991)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Leland H. Spencer, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Hawaii) (1988)



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