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

7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy

As states are relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions, employers should remain cautious about business travel. California’s public health orders still limit travel to an “urgent matter” or that which is “essential to your permitted work.” Given...

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Treatment of Commercial Leases in Tenant Bankruptcy - The Basics

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the nation’s economy, we have started to see bankruptcy filings by well-known companies such as GNC, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Modell’s, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s...

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News

Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2020 Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2020 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category...

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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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Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements for Utility-Scale Battery Projects

The negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a battery energy storage systems (BESS) project typically surfaces many of the same contractual risk allocation issues that one encounters in the negotiation...

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Community Reinvestment Groups Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Rules

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, OCC’s Rushed Rule Lessens Accountability for Banks, Silences Communities Impacted by Systemic Lending Discrimination National Community Reinvestment Coalition, California Reinvestment Coalition Seek to Halt Unlawful Rule, Protect Vulnerable Communities Federal Reserve...

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Event

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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PDC 2020 PD Virtual Summer Camp

Sarah Good will be speaking at the Professional Development Consortium's live webinar, "Diversity Sponsorship Law Firm Programs." Details: Sponsorship is critical to the retention and advancement to partnership of associates at law firms. We will...

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LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages

Don Sobelman will be speaking at LSI’s 13th Annual Santa Fe Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages live webinar, "Common Law Claims for Natural Resource Damages." Details: Marching into the void resulting from lack...

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