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James F. Brelsford

James F. Brelsford

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Palo Alto and Hong Kong, CA, USA


Jim Brelsford advises clients on complex intellectual property licensing and M&A matters, as well as monetization strategies (both offensive and defensive) and IP litigation.  He brings a strong business perspective to his practice, having served as general counsel and in senior business capacities at several public and private companies.

Mr. Brelsford is resident in Skadden's Palo Alto and Hong Kong offices and works frequently with companies in Asia on a host of cross-border transactions and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Brelsford served for many years as the general counsel and senior vice president of IP licensing at SanDisk Corp., responsible for over $1 billion in licensing revenue as well as the company’s legal affairs worldwide.

He was named one of the world's leading IP strategists in Intellectual Asset Management’s “IAM 300”  in both 2014 and 2015.  Additionally, Mr. Brelsford was named as the “Best General Counsel in Silicon Valley” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal/San Francisco Business Times in 2010.

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