Benjamin K. Riley
University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1983 (California Law Review)
Dartmouth College, A.B., cum laude, 1979
Ben Riley is a principal in the firm and has tried more than 25 cases to verdict, including jury trials, court trials and complex arbitrations. Mr. Riley co-led a team that obtained a defense verdict in a six-week securities class action jury trial, reported to be the year’s largest defense victory in a jury trial in California. He is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, formerly served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit from the Northern District of California, and is a past President of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, a 2000-member organization of leading Bay Area judges and litigators. Mr. Riley is also an expert in commercial arbitration law and procedure and frequently handles significant matters before the world’s leading arbitration forums. Ben received a “California Lawyer of the Year” award, was selected as one of 13 California attorneys for Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, and has been named as a Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2016.
Netlist v. Diablo. Trial of trade secret, patent and trademark claims involving HyperCloud® LR-DIMM memory module technology.
Wells Fargo v. ABD. Represented defendants in trademark case over business name; twice defeated Wells Fargo’s motions for preliminary injunction.
Geron v. ViaCyte. Successful defense of Section 146 appeal of patent interference action based on PTO Board of Appeals’ finding of lack of enablement.
Scicom v. Actuate. Prosecuted copyright and breach of contract action concerning misuse of database software.
Impinj v. Synopsys. Represented Claimant in JAMS arbitration regarding rights and restrictions under Asset Purchase Agreement and the sale of non-volatile memory semiconductor technology.
Software License Disputes. Successfully defended Washington Mutual, JP Morgan and Raytheon in disputes over copyright and software license agreements concerning database software.
Juarez et al. v. Jani-King. Defeated class certification for alleged violation of California wage and hour laws asserted against world’s largest janitorial franchise companies.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap v. Hain Celestial, et al. Obtained dismissal of unfair competition and Lanham Act claims in favor of cosmetic manufacturer accused of deceptively labeling products as “Organic.”
Sun Microsystems v. Azul. Represented Sun in connection with patent, trade secret, contract and interference claims brought against former employees concerning JAVA-based software and hardware for parallel chip computing.
Broadband Holdings v. Norwest. Obtained summary judgment for former directors and venture capital shareholders in breach of fiduciary duty and fraud action.
Forge v. National Semiconductor. Defense verdict for National after six-week class action jury trial alleging breach of fiduciary duty and Sections 11 and 12 securities violations in connection with the manufacture of microprocessors.
Soko Bukai v. YWCA. Successfully sued for breach of trust in connection with historic building in San Francisco’s Japantown, resulting in conveyance of historic home of the Japanese YWCA to a community childcare organization.