John (Jay) Neukom is a trial lawyer focusing on complex business and intellectual property disputes, including patent and trade secret matters. He has tried cases in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitration tribunals, and before the International Trade Commission.


Mr. Neukom has served as lead counsel in dozens of disputes for and against Fortune 500 companies and their executives. He has chaired jury trials, bench trials, private arbitrations in the U.S. and Canada, and administrative hearings to judgment.

He has litigated more than 100 intellectual property disputes in federal courts. For example, he has defended claims for patent and copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation; defended negligence claims arising from the 9/11 terrorist attacks; represented Kim Dotcom (the founder of New Zealand’s Internet political party) to oppose extradition attempts by the U.S. government; represented two sisters fighting over a $1 billion estate; defended a CEO accused of improper conduct by his own company; audited a Fortune 10 company’s FCPA compliance; represented HTC against Apple in the “smartphone wars”; defended a claim for a constructive trust over a multibillion-dollar telecommunications company; and pursued and defended class actions alleging monopolistic conduct, privacy violations and securities fraud. He also has represented clients such as Google, Cisco, AT&T, Bank of New York and Philips.

Since 2018, Mr. Neukom has been recognized annually by The Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Intellectual Property Lawyers. The publication also honored him as one of California’s Top Trade Secrets Lawyers in 2019. Intellectual Asset Management’s 2019 IAM Patent 1000 named him a leading patent litigator in California. He also has been described as a "trial pro" by Law360, which in 2014 named him as one of the top 15 intellectual property lawyers in the world under the age of 40. Earlier in his career, he was named by The Recorder as a Lawyer on the Fast Track.

Mr. Neukom sits on the board of directors for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit that uses litigation to advocate for the rights of foster children. He also is an honorary member of the Commercial Bar Association of England, a founding member of the Angler’s Committee for the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Vermont and a former trustee of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.

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  • J.D., Stanford Law School (Executive Editor, Stanford Law Review)
  • M.A., Yale University
  • B.A., Dartmouth College


  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas


Law Clerk, Hon. José A. Cabranes, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

John (Jay) Neukom

Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation