JEFF RISHER

As an experienced intellectual property and litigation attorney, Jeff advises clients on a broad range of business and technology disputes, IP-centric transactions, strategic relationships, patent strategy and analysis, and IP litigation matters.

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Rights (including Patent and Trademark portfolio development, licensing and disputes)

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • Technology Transactions

  • Supply Chain/Commercial/Strategic Relationships (Software and Hardware)

  • Trade Secrets and Proprietary Rights

  • Negotiations, Transactions and Licensing

  • Risk Management

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration

Jeff has spent his 22-year career representing some of world’s most recognizable technology companies in complex transactional and litigation matters, advising high-growth technology startups in connection with overall business and legal strategies, and helping clients large and small to manage and resolve disputes and close critical transactions around the world.

A uniquely business-minded lawyer, Jeff gained deep experience and judgment in senior in-house leadership roles at major public technology companies for over half of his career, including Apple (Director of Litigation and Director of Patent Strategy & Licensing) and Tesla (Chief Litigation Counsel and Chief IP Counsel), as well as many years in General Counsel and advisory roles at successful technology startups.  He now leverages that experience and judgment in the role of outside counsel, advisor and consultant, providing world class advice and counsel to his clients, always mindful of their business and strategic goals and objectives.

Jeff’s practice ranges from focused engagements involving IP and non-IP litigation and disputes, technology transactions, commercial/supply chain agreements, licensing and IP diligence matters, to general advice and counseling to startups and growing companies with respect to legal and IP strategy and operations, building out in-house legal functions and team, strategic relationships and risk management.  Jeff has served in interim/outside General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel roles for startups that may not yet need a full-time in-house legal team, as well as roles overseeing/managing significant litigation and enforcement matters from an “in-house perspective” (including managing the activities and budgets of outside law firms in large complex matters) for clients who don’t have dedicated in-house litigation counsel/managers.

Jeff is honored to have been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine (IAM) as one of the “World’s Top IP Strategists,” based on industry peer nominations.

Jeff has served as board member and board advisor for several non-profits, including KFS School in San Francisco, which provides a specialized learning environment and curriculum for children with developmental/behavioral challenges that limit their ability to thrive in traditional school environments.

  • Cyber Gray Market is Manufacturer’s Headache, National Law Journal (with P. Viscounty and C. Smyser).
  • The Truth About “Hello, She Lied” – Reexamining Risk Allocation in California Agency Law, 1998-99 ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING & THE ARTS HANDBOOK 321 (West Group) (also selected for publication in UCLA Entertainment Law Review).
  • California State Courts
  • UCLA School of Law – J.D., 1999
  • Dartmouth College – B.A. Philosophy, 1995