Clay James

Office Managing Partner, San Francisco, Partner, Denver at Hogan & Lovells LLP

Clay James

Clay James

Office Managing Partner, San Francisco, Partner, Denver at Hogan & Lovells LLP

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Clay James is a litigator and trial lawyer who tackles high-stakes intellectual property disputes, class actions, privacy and data security cases, and complex commercial litigation, with a focus on technology-related matters. He serves as Office Managing Partner for our San Francisco office and is also a member of the firm's board.

Intellectual Asset Management ranks Clay as a top IP litigator, stating that "he has developed sophisticated expertise in e-commerce matters, although companies also prize his counsel on cases concerning computer hardware, software, and business methods."

Clay has acted as lead counsel in dozens of patent, copyright, and trade secret cases involving computer hardware and software. He regularly counsels in additional technology areas as well, including handsets, microprocessors, computer applications, database programs, computer and handset displays, power management devices, online advertising and electronic commerce, medical records technology, and business methods. He has also litigated patent and trade dress claims related to headphones and audiology products. He has also handled class actions and other complex disputes, with an emphasis on privacy, data security, and consumer fraud cases.

Clay is active in the intellectual property legal community, including as a past Chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He has appeared as lead counsel in state and federal courts around the country, including leading intellectual property and technology jurisdictions such as the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Delaware.

Having served as chief litigation counsel for Sun Microsystems, Inc. for seven years, Clay's in-house experience leads him to approach issues from a practical, problem-solving perspective. He is particularly focused on delivering outstanding results while meeting the client's budget needs and is a strong advocate of alternative fees.

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Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Hogan & Lovells LLP

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Clay James
Office Managing Partner, San Francisco, Partner, Denver at Hogan & Lovells LLP
Education
J.D., Order of the Coif
Class of 1995

The University of Colorado Law School is one of the top public law schools in the United States. Established in 1892 in Boulder, Colorado Diverse student body from over 100 undergraduate institutions Highly published faculty State-of-the-art Wolf Law Building (LEED Gold certified) 551 students 9.68 to 1 student to faculty ratio Thriving academic community

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1989

The University of Colorado advances the economy, health and culture of Colorado and beyond, educating more than 435,000 students who have become catalysts in business, arts, health, and community growth. CU's four campuses feature top-tier faculty and hands-on learning opportunities in an environment where students thrive.

Career History
Office Managing Partner, San Francisco, Partner, Denver
Current

Hogan Lovells is an international law firm co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Washington, D.C., United States. It was formed on May 1, 2010 by the merger of Washington-based Hogan & Hartson and London-based Lovells. Hogan Lovells has around 2,500 lawyers and revenues of around US$1.8bn (£1.1bn). Hogan Lovells comprises two partnerships, Hogan Lovells US LLP (a US partnership which includes legacy Hogan & Hartson and Lovells offices in the US and Caracas), and Hogan Lovells International LLP (an international partnership which includes the bulk of the legacy Lovells firm and Hogan & Hartson's international offices in Europe and Asia).

Chief Litigation Counsel
Prior

Sun Microsystems, Inc. provides network computing infrastructure solutions. It offers its solutions under the Java technology platform, Solaris Operating System, MySQL database management system, Sun StorageTek storage solutions, and UltraSPARC processor brands. The company also develops networking computing products and technologies which include servers, storage, open source software, tools, and training. The company provides solutions to the social networking, entertainment, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, news, energy, and engineering companies. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

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Clay James is affiliated with Hogan & Lovells LLP, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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