We are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague, friend and partner, Jim Gilliland. Our most heartfelt condolences and sympathies go to Jim’s family and all of his colleagues, friends and clients.
Jim was dedicated to his wife, Vickie, his four children and his parents. They were the center of his life. His passions spanned from spending time with his family to singing, enjoying the arts, travel and sports.
Jim was an absolute pillar of our law firm. He was our trusted colleague and close friend, as well as a mentor and role model to so many. Jim will be missed deeply. He was truly a great lawyer, and his many clients trusted him with their most difficult cases. Jim had been successfully trying cases in federal and state courts around the country for 35 years. Over his amazing career, Jim led our firm in many ways – as Managing Partner, Chairman, and most recently served as Chairman of our Litigation Department.
It is truly a great loss for the Kilpatrick Townsend family and the legal community. We offer our thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family and friends.
Services were held on Saturday, November 5, at 10:30 a.m. PDT at First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California. The obituary published by Jim’s family may be accessed here and provides information on donations in his memory as well as the opportunity to express condolences to the family.
For more than 35 years, Jim's practice focused 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 appeared in federal and state trial and appellate courts around the United States. Mr. Gilliland also served as a mediator in the Northern District of California’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program. Over the course of his distinguished career, he handled more than 40 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. He served as Chair of Kilpatrick Townsend's Litigation Department from 2013 to 2015.
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®. He was named a "Litigation Star" for California in 2016 by Benchmark Litigation. 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.
We are profoundly grateful for the contributions made by Mr. Gilliland to this firm and to the profession of law. He will be deeply missed.
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)