James A. Barnao

Associate

Seattle
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Overview

James Barnao focuses his practice on commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation matters. He has represented clients in state and federal court, has considerable experience handling large-scale discovery, and has served as first- and second-chair in numerous depositions. With a comprehensive understanding of each phase of litigation, James is able to provide clients with transparent, holistic counsel to maximize efficiency.

Select Experience

  • Represented pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation matters.
  • Researched and drafted substantive court filings and other documents including discovery motions, dispositive motions, memoranda, and correspondence to the court and opposing counsel.
  • Defended financial services companies against allegations of fraud.
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Experience

  • Represented pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation matters.
  • Researched and drafted substantive court filings and other documents including discovery motions, dispositive motions, memoranda, and correspondence to the court and opposing counsel.
  • Defended financial services companies against allegations of fraud.
  • Conducted discovery in federal and state proceedings including drafting and responding to discovery requests and negotiating discovery disputes.
  • Represented energy company in environmental tort litigation.
  • Managed large-scale electronic discovery in federal and state proceedings including collecting and producing documents, overseeing support staff, and directing the use of predictive coding and other analytics to refine and streamline document reviews.
  • Served as lead defense attorney at a criminal trial, presented opening and closing statements, and conducted direct- and cross-examination.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Publico Award (2018)

Pro Bono

  • Presented oral argument in an action challenging an executive order in New York State that allowed for familial searching of the New York criminal offender DNA databank.
  • Represented clients in their affirmative asylum applications at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Prior Positions

  • Georgetown Law Criminal Justice Clinic: Student Attorney
  • The Honorable James C. Francis, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York: Judicial Intern

Admissions

  • [Not admitted in Washington]
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2014, cum laude; Georgetown Journal of International Law, Senior Editor
  • B.A., Georgetown University, 2011, magna cum laude