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A respected intellectual property litigator, James Pooley '70 joined the Palo Alto, Calif., office of international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP as partner in January. Formerly partner with Gray Cary Ware & Friedenrich LLP, he has represented major corporations and technology companies throughout the country in high stakes litigation involving patents, trade secrets, and other intellectual property matters.

“This is a unique opportunity for me to be part of a high-impact IP litigation team with a global reach,” says Pooley. “I look forward to helping to build a strong IP litigation group for Milbank in Silicon Valley that will complement the office's corporate legal services to technology companies.”

An International Affairs graduate, Pooley was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia School of Law. The National Law Journal recognized his successful defense of Adobe Systems as the only intellectual property case among its Top Defense Verdicts in 1997. Pooley is the author of numerous leading texts relating to trade secrets and technology litigation.

Pooley is a director of the American Intellectual Property Association and an adjunct professor of law at University of California Boalt Hall School of Law. A member of National Academy of Sciences Committee on Intellectual Property Rights, he has been appointed by the chief judge of the Northern District of California to a committee tasked with drafting pattern jury instructions for patent cases.

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