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

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

Firm Highlights

News

Aviva Gilbert Selected as 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2019 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , Stephanie P. Skaff and Roderick M. Thompson have been named IP Stars by Managing...

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Publication

Insurance for the Cannabis Industry Program Takeaways

I recently moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco Insurance Section program co-sponsored with the Cannabis Law Section. The program highlighted recent changes to local insurance requirements and market availability of coverage for cannabis...

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Event

CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Cannabis Companies and the California Consumer Privacy Act

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Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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California's Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation

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Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West: The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends

Jessica Nall will speak at the Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West program, "The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends." For companies that are rapidly evolving, becoming more digital and global, staying aware of developments that may...

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Keeping Tabs on Energy Efficiency – New Benchmarking Requirements for San Francisco

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2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges: Aggregate Litigation in State Courts - Preserving Vital Mechanisms

At the Pound Civil Justice Institute's 2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, Jim Bruen will discuss recent impediments to aggregate litigation implemented on the federal level, emerging trends in aggregate litigation in the United States,...

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