Government Experience

  • Legislative Aide, United States House of Representatives, Office of Representative Tommy Robinson (R-AR)
  • Legislative Correspondent, United States House of Representatives, Office of Representative Jan Meyers (R-KS)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Illinois
  • California


  • M.B.A., University of Chicago, 2003
  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane University Law School, 1995
    Phi Delta Phi

    Senior Notes and Comments Editor, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 1989


  • American Bar Association

    International Technology Law Association

    Licensing Executives Society

    Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
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James E. Nelson


Jim Nelson, the Partner-in-Charge of Venable's San Francisco office, is a Chambers and Legal 500-ranked corporate attorney with a focus on intellectual property and significant experience in technology and sourcing transactions. He represents companies engaged in the development, production and commercialization of intellectual property assets, as well as a host of corporate matters, including financing, company formation, joint ventures and general M&A matters. 

Jim routinely works with internet-centric businesses driving revenue and customer growth through the use of the web for sales and distribution as well as those that support and promote technologies that underpin the internet largely focusing on new media and marketing, security, privacy, and telecommunications.  

He has particular experience with sourcing transactions - working with both major corporate customers as well as technology and business process vendors. Jim has led sourcing transactions involving traditional call center operations, information technology, real estate management and business process outsourcing services, including outsourcing work for major clean energy companies. These sourcing deals have been competitive bid and sole source and many have involved working in cooperation with third party intermediaries. 

His technology transaction work involves the acquisition, licensing or disposition of intellectual property assets. He provides counsel to early stage companies in corporate matters related to formation, funding, and day to day operations. He also counsels companies regarding privacy matters, including compliance with foreign and domestic privacy laws and standards.

Jim represents a wide range of sectors, including the financial services, technology, media, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and communications industries. He also represents businesses in the clean energy industry, including those focused on technologies in the efficiency sector, such as smart grid or smart meter devices. His clients are domestic and international, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies.


Jim is currently an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Law School. He was also an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law from 2002 to 2004.