Professional Biography

James G. Snell Partner

  • Palo Alto

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    Palo Alto

    3150 Porter Drive

    Palo Alto, CA


  • San Francisco

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    San Francisco

    505 Howard Street, Suite 1000

    San Francisco, CA






  • 11.07.2017
    Internet of Things: On the Cusp of a Litigation Explosion
    Attorney Publications

    Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property

    In “Internet of Things: On the Cusp of a Litigation Explosion,” published by Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property, Jim and Christian outline how connected devices can attract litigation because they have many attributes that allow a variety of legal claims to be asserted against their designers, manufacturers or sellers and how parties to these claims can assess risk related to potential IoT claims in advance.
  • 10.19.2017
    California Updates Its Auto-Renewal Law
    From fashion clothing in the mail to gym memberships to monthly mobile app subscriptions, the subscription-based business model is everywhere and here to stay.
  • 01.30.2017
    Worth The Hassel

    Corporate Counsel

    “Worth The Hassel,” by Jim Snell and Nicola Menaldo, was published in Corporate Counsel regarding the case, Hassel v. Bird, in which the court of appeals decided to allow the plaintiff to use a default judgment against one party to obtain an order to compel a completely separate entity— online service provider Yelp — to remove from the Internet speech that the plaintiff did not like, without any notice to Yelp or an opportunity to be heard.
  • 10.03.2016
    DOT Shifts Into Gear on Self-Driving Cars and Issues New Automated Vehicles Policy
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a comprehensive policy on “automated vehicles,” more commonly known as self-driving cars.
  • 09.21.2016


  • 09.13.2016
    NJ’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act: Will Related Class Actions Against Retailers Continue?
    This year brought a wave of class action complaints alleging that national retailers are violating the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), N.J.S.A. §§ 56:12-14 et seq., by including certain provisions in their online terms and other consumer-facing notices and agreements.
  • TCPA Litigation
    Perkins Coie’s Privacy & Security and Class Action Defense groups defend Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases throughout the country. This newsletter provides updates on litigation and regulatory developments regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).   View the full newsletter.
  • 06.08.2016
    Web Scraping in an Era of Big Data 2.0
    Attorney Publications
    The legal landscape surrounding the legitimacy of web scraping continues to evolve. James Snell and Nicola Menaldo revisit their prior analysis, discussing how two recent cases have found in favor of scrapers in non-competitive situations. Click here to read the full article.
  • 05.17.2016
    Spokeo Confirms That Alleging a Statutory Violation Is Not Necessarily Enough to Create Standing
    In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court held that the mere allegation of a statutory violation is not necessarily enough to create Article III standing.
  • 07.17.2015
    The July 2015 TCPA Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    In last Friday’s long-awaited TCPA Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (Order), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) may have dramatically altered the landscape for TCPA class action defense.
  • 02.2015

    TechLaw Institute 2015: The Digital Evolution, Practising Law Institute (PLI)

  • 11.06.2014
    Avoid a Class Action Lawsuit Landing in Your Holiday Stocking
    The holidays are quickly approaching, and shoppers are expected to spend in excess of $600 billion this season. The holiday season is shaping up to become a winter wonderland for retailers.
  • 08.28.2013

    Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report

  • 08.23.2013


  • 02.22.2013

    Bloomberg BNA Class Action Litigation Report

  • 02.2013

    Investment Adviser Association

  • 01.31.2013

    Daily Journal

  • 10.25.2012


  • 09.11.2012


  • 10.28.2015
    Speaking Engagements
    27th Annual All Hands Meeting / Santa Clara, CA
  • 10.16.2014
    Speaking Engagements
    24th Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute / San Francisco, CA
  • 10.02.2014
    Speaking Engagements
    5th Annual General Counsel Convergence / Palo Alto, CA
  • 03.06.2014
    Speaking Engagements
    Education Finance Council Annual Meeting / San Diego, CA
  • 01.16.2014
    Speaking Engagements
    ACI Conference / Washington, D.C.
  • 06.19.2013
    Speaking Engagements
    Technology Law Forum, Continuing Education of the Bar / Santa Clara, CA
  • 05.21.2013
    Speaking Engagements
    PLI’s Privacy Conference / San Francisco, CA
  • 03.2013
    Speaking Engagements
    Bloomberg BusinessWeek Podcast
  • 12.12.2012
    Speaking Engagements
    ALPFA / New York, NY
  • 07.2012
    Speaking Engagements
    PLI’s Privacy and Data Security Law Institute / Chicago, IL
  • 05.2012
    Speaking Engagements
    PLI’s Privacy and Data Security Law Institute / San Francisco, CA


Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


  • UC Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1994