James Snell, CIPP/US

San Francisco Bay Area, CA KnowledgeNet Chair
Bingham McCutchen LLP

Jim Snell is co-chair of Bingham’s Privacy and Security Group and former co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He was recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines. Snell represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial matters, including patent litigation, Internet and privacy issues, trade secret matters, matters involving unfair competition claims under California Business and Professions Code section 17200, false advertising and class actions.

Snell has particular experience in privacy, Internet and marketing issues, including privacy policies; behavioral advertising; junk e-mail laws; the Communications Decency Act; spyware issues; computer crimes such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Stored Communications Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; matters involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act; and data security issues. He defended the first lawsuit filed under the CAN-SPAM Act as well as the first lawsuit filed under Michigan’s Child Protection Registry. Snell is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as a CIPP.

Snell also has particular experience in patent litigation and has represented clients in various jurisdictions including California, Massachusetts, Texas, New Hampshire, Utah and the International Trade Commission. He has represented a number of foreign clients in U.S. patent litigation, including companies based in China, Taiwan and Japan.

Snell is currently the pro bono committee partner representative for the Silicon Valley office. Before joining the firm in 1994, he worked as an extern for California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter, where he assisted the court in evaluating petitions for review.

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