Jim 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. 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.


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

Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA, 94111
t +1 415.273.7560
f +1 415.723.7207

James G. Gilliland Jr.

Experience Highlights

Patent infringement litigation for Hitachi and Renesas Technology
Represented Hitachi and Renesas Technology as lead appellate counsel in an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, more
In re Certain Laser Abraded Denim Garments
Defended Levi Strauss & Co. in a patent infringement and importation investigation, related to laser-fading of denim, against 17 global clothing more
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. v. Divineo
Served as co-counsel in representing Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. in a copyright infringement action. The defendants had violated more
Baxter Healthcare Corporation v. Genetics Institute Inc.
Counsel for Baxter Healthcare Corporation in complex technical contract case involving recombinant blood proteins. Settled after more