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Jack Russo

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Practice Areas:

  • Internet
  • Computer Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Entrepreneurship


Mr. Russo is a frequent speaker on computer law issues and has given presentations to the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Computer Law Association, and the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.

He serves as an arbitrator, mediator, and early neutral evaluator for the U.S. District Court (N.D. California), the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and the American Arbitration Association, as well as a Judge Pro Tempore of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

He specializes in Internet, computer law, and intellectual property litigation. In addition, Mr. Russo is in charge of the Firm's entrepreneurship practice.


Trade Secret Litigation: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Patent Litigation: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Legal Basics for Software CEOs

The Law of Virtual Reality

Look and Feel in Computer Software

The Law of the Internet in California "An Internet Primer"

"Trade Secrets on the Internet and in Cyberspace"

"Ethical Considerations On the Internet"

"Recent Developments in E-Commerce Law"


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
  • MBA, Columbia University and University of California Berkeley
  • LLM, Center for International Legal Studies (Austria, EU)
  • PhD candidate, International School of Business (Paris, EU)

Bar Admission

  • California, 1980
  • New York, 1981
  • Hawaii, 1990
  • Washington, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Oregon, 1999
  • Florida, 2021

Published Works

  • "Virtual Reality - A Legal Overview" with Michael Risch, Chapter 19 in Computer Software Treatise; L. J Kutten, Ed., 1994
  • "Software 'Look and Feel' Protection in the 1990's", Co-Author, 15 Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, 571-603, 1993
  • "New Frontiers: Copyright Protection in Virtual Reality Works", 15 The National Law Journal S1, No. 6, October 12, 1992
  • "Copyright Protection of Virtual Reality", ABA Science and Technology, 1992
  • "Recent Developments in the Copyright Protection of the Look and Feel of Computer Software: Apple Computer v. Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard", 6 Software Protection 1-15, No. 10, March, 1988
  • "Developments in Copyright Protection of Computer Software", 2 International Computer Law Adviser 9-12, No. 4, January, 1988
  • "Software Copyright Protection", 5 Software Publisher's Association News 3-4, No. 1, January, 1988
  • "The Impact of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act on California Trade Secret Law", Co-Author, Trade Secret Law Reporter, May, 1985
  • "Copyright in the Look and Feel of Computer Software", The Computer Lawyer, February, 1985
  • "Microcomputer Software Marketing Agreement Disputes", Practising Law Institute, 1985
  • "Copyright Law and Computer Software Disputes", Practising Law Institute, 1983
  • "Pre-Trial and Discovery in a Software Marketing Dispute", Law and Business, 1982
  • "Protection of Computer Software After the Copyright Act of 1980", Co-Author, Law & Business, 1981
  • An Entrepreneurial Lawyer’s Guide to Creating A Successful Startup in Silicon Valley, Authored by Jack Russo on Amazon

Classes & Seminars

  • "Intellectual Property and Creative Freedoms", Stanford University, 01/30/2007 to 01/30/2007
  • "What Really Happens in a Patent Appeal", San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, 04/19/2006 to 04/19/2006
  • "Law of the Internet in California" with John Kelley and Michael Risch, National Business Institute, 2001 to 2001

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California
  • New York State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology, Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Sections, Member
  • Santa Clara Superior Court, Judge Pro Tempore
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Arbitrator

Current Employment Position

  • Managing Partner, 1985