James M. Turner is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Turner focuses his practice on patent preparation, prosecution, and counseling for pharmaceutical, life sciences, and chemical industry companies. He works with clients to manage U.S. and international patent portfolios, and develop strategic patent applications to capture evolving technologies.

Dr. Turner has significant research experience in molecular biology, bioorganic chemistry and structural biology. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dr. Turner was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute in the Laboratory of Dr. Peter G. Schultz, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow at The Scripps Research Institute in the Laboratory of Dr. Richard A. Lerner and Dr. Carlos F. Barbas III.

Dr. Turner has provided pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence through the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, and volunteers as an election monitor and telephone hotline operator through the national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition.



  • “Extraterritoriality of US Patent Law and 35 USC §271(g): Strategies for Increasing Protection for Patented Methods of Screening Compound Libraries,” Biotechnology Law Report, 2011



San Diego County Bar Association

San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association


J.D., California Western School of Law, 2011

Ph.D., Scripps Research Institute, 2003

B.S., California Institute of Technology, 1998


  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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