Jim Gilliland is Chair of the firm's Litigation Department. Mr. Gilliland focuses his practice on the representation of high-technology companies in litigation regarding claims based upon patent, copyright and trademark infringement, breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, unfair competition and violation of the antitrust laws. He has appeared in federal and state trial and appellate courts around the United States. Mr. Gilliland also serves as a mediator in the Northern District of California’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program. He has handled more than forty mediations either as mediator or counsel for one of the parties. Mr. Gilliland served as Chairman of Townsend and Townsend and Crew from 2001 to 2010.

Mr. Gilliland has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2006. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in 2016 and each of the nine years immediately preceding. Mr. Gilliland was named "San Francisco Lawyer of the Year" in 2013 and 2016 for Technology Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Gilliland was honored by BTI Consulting Group as one of only 57 litigators nationwide to be selected to its Client Service All-Stars 2012. He received this distinction for delivering the absolute best client service to Fortune 1000 companies. In 2013, BTI Consulting Group again selected Mr. Gilliland to its Client Service All-Stars and he received additional recognition as one of only 41 attorneys nationwide to be named a BTI Client Service All-Star MVP.


Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Member

San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association, Member

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Advisory Committee, Member

The College Preparatory School, Board of Trustees (2005-2013), Co-Chairman (2011-2012)


  • University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D. (1979)
    Order of the Coif
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Political Science (1978)
  • Williams College, B.A., Political Economy (1976)
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California (1983)
  • District of Columbia (1980)

Who We Are

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Experience Highlights

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. v. Filipiak
Successfully represented Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., a computer software company, in a copyright infringement more
Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc. v. Baxter International Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Represented Baxter International Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corp., a leading global medical products and services company, in a patent more
Oracle Corporation and Oracle U.S.A. Inc. v. Parallel Networks LLC
Represented plaintiff Oracle Corporation in an action for declaratory judgment of non-infringement of Parallel Networks' patents relating to dynamic more
VCode Holdings Inc. et al. v. adidas America Inc., Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Ltd. et al.
Represented Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Ltd. in a patent infringement action on a patent related to a two-dimensional bar code more