Named a Key Player in Trade Secrets Litigation.Legal 500 US 2012

James K. Lynch


Jim Lynch, former Vice Chair of Latham’s 600-lawyer global Litigation & Trial Department, is a 20-year trial lawyer whom clients engage for their most important trials and business disputes. He has successfully tried 15 matters to judgment for plaintiffs and defendants, in federal and state court, before juries, and in arbitration, involving trade secret, patent and other intellectual property issues, and critical technology, accounting /auditing, and enterprise-threatening commercial disputes.  He currently is lead counsel for iHeart Media and Pandora in a dozen nationwide class actions involving pioneering copyright law issues.

Mr. Lynch has won complete defense verdicts in jury trials and arbitrations claiming more than US$3 billion in total, including a unanimous jury verdict in a US$1.0B trade secret case for a semiconductor company recognized as the “Top Defense Verdict of the Year” in California.  His trial wins for plaintiffs include a complete victory on all claims (including punitive damages) in a federal court trial involving conversion of intellectual and personal property.

Corporate boards, executive leadership and investors routinely seek Mr. Lynch’s expertise to resolve their most threatening litigation and business exposure.  Clients praise his “creative,” “business-minded” and “high-value” dispute resolution strategies, and name him their “go-to” lawyer for complex, high-dollar matters.

  • Education
    • JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1995
      magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Executive Editor, Hastings Law Journal
    • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1990
      cum laude
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