James C. Wald is a special counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles (Century City) office.

Areas of Practice

James focuses his practice on a variety of commercial litigation matters, including intellectual property, breach of contract, business tort, real estate, and entertainment issues.

James has represented companies ranging from small firms to multinational corporations, including Avery Dennison, Broadcom, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Symantec, Westfield Corporation, and Zurich Financial Services.

In addition to his practice, James serves as an adjunct professor at the UC Irvine School of Law and the USC Gould School of Law, teaching pretrial advocacy, trial advocacy, and deposition skills. 



  • Trial counsel to Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. during a six-week jury trial involving a $9.2 billion claim arising out of the failed acquisition of Unocal Corporation

  • Trial counsel to a pharmaceutical manufacturer during a four-week jury trial involving a $12 million claim arising out of the supply of adulterated products

  • Arbitration counsel to Symantec Corporation in a $110 million action involving breach of contract and patent licensing claims

  • Arbitration counsel to Broadcom Corporation in a $15 million dispute arising from the acquisition of a distressed corporation

  • Litigation counsel to Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. in a $1 billion lawsuit arising from the bankruptcy of the largest US manufacturer of ladders and climbing products

  • Litigation counsel to QLT Inc. in a $125 million lawsuit involving patent royalty issues brought by a hospital affiliated with Harvard University

  • Litigation counsel to Kennedy Wilson in a $119 million real estate matter involving an alleged joint venture

  • Litigation counsel to private investors in twelve real estate litigation matters, including prosecution of a $26 million real estate fraud action

  • Litigation counsel to ClearLight Partners LLC in a $2.5 million dispute arising out of the sale of Westec Security Inc., a security monitoring company

  • Litigation counsel to Westfield Corporation in a dispute involving the development of the Santa Anita racetrack

  • Litigation counsel to a state retirement fund in a multimillion-dollar action involving the development of a retail shopping center

  • Litigation counsel to several pro bono clients including victims of Hurricane Katrina, a student in need of special education, and a deaf woman who was defrauded out of her home


J.D., University of Southern California, 2003, Order of the Coif, Executive Editor, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2000, Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors, High Distinction in General Scholarship, Scholar Athlete Award


  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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