James D. Riley, Jr.

James D. Riley, Jr.

James D. Riley, Jr.

Jim Riley, a partner in the firm's Technology Companies and Intellectual Property Groups, specializes in the representation of emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms in the areas of corporate partnering and strategic alliances, technology acquisition, licensing and commercialization, open source licensing and compliance, data privacy and security, joint venture and spin-off transactions, and intellectual property strategy, counseling and protection. His practice also focuses on the intellectual property and technology aspects of venture capital financings, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.

Professional Activities

Mr. Riley is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the California Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2012, Mr. Riley was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson Dettmer.

Areas of Practice


Mr. Riley's expertise spans a broad array of industries, including computer software and hardware, mobile applications, open source, SaaS and cloud computing, networking, gaming, advertising, social networking, e-commerce and music/entertainment, as well as medical device, biotechnology and pharma. He also has considerable experience in all aspects of intellectual property and high-tech commercial litigation, including patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition matters.

Mr. Riley has advised notable emerging growth technology companies throughout his career, including Twilio, Hortonworks, RichRelevance, Sencha, Kixeye, Klout, Motif Investing, Okta, Rhapsody, Sifteo, Unwired Planet, Zendesk, TellApart, Informatica, Altor Networks, Atlassian, Banjo, Blue Jeans Networks, 4Info, Riverbed Technologies, OpenTable, Pure Digital Technologies, Eventbrite, Guidewire Software, Sling Media, Force10 Networks and IPWireless, among many others.



J.D., 1995
University of California, Davis
B.A., 1992
University of California, Los Angeles



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