James W. Morando

Of Counsel
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James Morando is a leading trial lawyer who has a diverse litigation practice with an emphasis in intellectual property, technology-related disputes and complex litigation.  Trusted by clients for more than 30 years, Mr. Morando has a depth of experience in handling and winning high-stakes cases.  His comprehensive background includes providing advice, counseling and handling disputes relating to patent, antitrust, copyright, trademark, trade secret, Internet, software  and other technology and licensing disputes.


Mr. Morando is known for his extraordinary talents in translating the complicated, technical, and/or the scientific into a straightforward and compelling language that is understood and appreciated by juries, judges, his colleagues, and his clients.  He is chosen to serve as lead counsel on significant and bet-the-company types of engagements repeatedly for his winning track record, insightful judgment, strategic intelligence, and his financial aptitude that result in winning solutions.  To his clients he is a devoted adviser, a highly effective strategic case evaluator, and a powerful advocate.


Mr. Morando has tried numerous high-profile cases in both federal and state courts, as well as in complex arbitration proceedings throughout the country.  He also has significant experience in handling numerous multi-party cases.  Mr. Morando is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been repeatedly named to the list of Northern California Super Lawyers.  He was the founder of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group.  


Recent notable mentions:


  • In 2011, Mr. Morando was the lead trial counsel and strategist for Volterra Semiconductor in a three-week trial resulting in a jury verdict upholding the validity of all asserted claims of Volterra’s key patents for flip chip integrated power switches for use in voltage regulators against a multitude of validity challenges by much larger and well funded defendants.
  • In 2011, Mr. Morando obtained complete dismissal of a lawsuit filed against his client Limelight Networks by a patent broker alleging significant claims for intentional interference and breach of a non-disclosure agreement.  He was not only able to have the complaint dismissed at the outset based on a motion to strike under California’s Anti-SLAPP statute, he also obtained a substantial award of fees and costs for his client. 
  • Mr. Morando is currently acting as lead counsel defending Dell in several patent infringement cases pending in the District of Delaware involving aspects of smart phone and tablet technology.
  • Mr. Morando is active with the Sedona Patent Law Conference, which is a one of the leading “think tanks” to address the cutting edge issues in patent law to move the law forward in a reasoned and just way.  Mr. Morando recently served as a panel group leader at the 12th annual Sedona Patent Law Conference, and is a group leader of WG9 focusing on patent law damages and remedies.