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

Publication

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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Wine Businesses, Lenders, and Difficult Conversations

The COVID-19 pandemic and public health efforts to combat it will impact different wine businesses in different ways. Those that depend on on-premise and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales, such as restaurant, hospitality, and tasting room...

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Farella Advises on Sale of Diamond Creek Winery to Maison Louis Roederer

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, March 16, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel represented the family of the late Boots Brounstein on the sale of their Diamond Creek Winery in Calistoga, Calf. to French Champagne producer Maison...

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Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure? (Webinar)

Join speakers, Matt Lewis and Janice Reicher, on the webinar discussing "Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure?"

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CARES Act Money for Wineries?

Beginning tomorrow morning, April 3 rd , the Small Business Administration will begin accepting applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under the new CARES Act. Amid the flurry of news, small winery owners may...

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Farella COVID-19 Update: A Message From the Managing Partner

To our clients, alumni and friends, During these unsettling times, Farella Braun + Martel is focused on protecting the health and safety of our firm members, clients, and communities and doing our part to...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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Insurers Brace for Coronavirus Hit to ‘Event Driven’ D&O Line

Mary McCutcheon was quote in the Claims Journal article,"Insurers Brace for Coronavirus Hit to ‘Event Driven’ D&O Line." Link to read the full article .

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Daily Journal Names Farella Lawyers Among Top IP Lawyers in California

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partners Jeffrey M. Fisher and James L. Day were named to the 2020 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal...

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CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Summary (Updated)

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law (the full 880-page text of the CARES Act is available here ). One feature of the CARES...

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