Biography

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, James 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.

James 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, 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.

He has tried numerous high-profile cases in both federal and state courts, as well as in complex arbitration proceedings throughout the country. James has significant experience in handling numerous multi-party cases. He was the founder of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group.

Recent notable mentions:

  • In 2011, James 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, James 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. 
  • James acted as lead counsel defending Dell in several patent infringement cases in the District of Delaware involving aspects of smart phone and tablet technology.
  • James 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. He 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.

Distinctions

  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2007-2009, 2001-2019)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

Firm Highlights

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2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Join Erica Villanueva for a discussion on "Coverage Arguments that Work in Court but May Backfire at Mediation" at the 2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. Details: In mediation, context is everything. Who are you...

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New Laws for California Employers in 2020

The California Legislature and Governor Newsom have passed a sizable list of new laws governing the workplace in 2020. Employers are, once again, advised to evaluate their workplace rules and practices to insure they keep...

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Threat of Cyberattack by Iran Still Critical, Experts Say

Insurance Recovery Partner Tyler Gerking commented in  The Wall Street Journal article "Threat of Cyberattack by Iran Still Critical, Experts Say." In the article, Tyler said that such direct actions by a nation-state against...

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Farella Braun + Martel’s Jerome Braun Honored With Bill Edlund Award for Professionalism in the Law

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Trade Secret Hygiene for Current Employees

Published on  ACCDocket.com . By Walt Norfleet, Smiths Group plc and Eugene Y. Mar, Farella Braun + Martel LLP In the first two parts of this series on best practices in protecting trade secrets, we...

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AB 37: State Tax Deductions for Cannabis Businesses

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End of a Decade - Checklist for California Nonprofits

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought about our customary note to nonprofit officers and directors to take a few moments to confirm that important year-end responsibilities have not been overlooked. But since this...

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Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition

C.J. Higley was mentioned in the article, "Plans for SF’s 4th-tallest building win key OK as developer resolves opposition."  According to the article, the Transbay district Parcel F tower would include 165 condos, 189...

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2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Raymond Sheen will speak at the 2020 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar session, "Fingerprints, Facial Recognition, Permission? Oh My! Biometric Privacy Coverage Litigation Arriving Soon in Your State." Details: The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act...

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ABA 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

Jessica Nall will be speaking at the 34th National Institute on White Collar Crime session, "Updates in Cybercrime: Are We Fighting an Impossible Battle?" Details: Information security has now become an essential part of corporate...

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