James R. Black

James R. Black [email]


Direct: (415) 264-5462

Fax: (415) 625-9902

Jim Black has extensive experience in business and corporate law, with a particular focus in intellectual property, hardware, software and data licensing, and on-demand commerce.

Mr. Black served as Executive Vice President-Corporate Affairs of Lyft, Inc. during 2013 and 2014. He frequently assists start-up entities in creating policies and associated documents for new transaction business models. He regularly advises management, boards of directors and entrepreneurs on a broad range of issues relating to their business activities and often serves as de facto general counsel for privately held clients.

Mr. Black regularly lectures and writes on legal topics.

State Bar of California

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1984, cum laude)

Santa Clara University, B.S. (1981, magna cum laude)

Mr. Black was a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP from 2009-2014. Prior to Davis Wright, he was a partner at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Perkins Coie LLP, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP and Steinhart & Falconer, LLP

Mr. Black served as a Judicial Clerkship for the Honorable John Feikens, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 1985-1986.


Michigan (inactive)