James Riley

James D. Riley Jr.

PartnerChair, Silicon Valley office
James D. Riley Jr.
Silicon Valley
+1 650 752 3320

Jim Riley is a partner in the firm's Technology group and a co-chair of Goodwin’s Intellectual Property practice group. He also serves as the chair of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. He 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.


Jim's expertise spans a broad array of industries, including computer software and hardware, mobile applications, open source, SaaS and cloud computing, fintech, blockchain and digital currency, 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.

Jim 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.

Professional Activities

Jim 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 2010, Jim was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson Dettmer.




University of California, Davis


University of California, Los Angeles



  • California

Recognition & Awards

Jim was a recommended lawyer for Patents: licensing and Patents: Prosecution by The Legal 500 in 2021-2023.


Jim is a co-author of Corporate Partnering: Structuring and Negotiating Domestic and International Strategic Alliances, and has been a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences and other functions relevant to emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms.