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Brian G. Selden

Partner-in-Charge Silicon Valley


(T) +1.650.687.4142
(F) +1.650.739.3900


  • University of Michigan (J.D. magna cum laude 1995; Order of the Coif); Princeton University (B.A. cum laude 1992)

Bar Admissions

  • California and Ohio


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph P. Kinneary, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (1995-1997)

Brian Selden's practice focuses on disputes or commercial transactions where technology, information, knowledge, or other intangible assets are a significant factor. For more than 20 years, clients have turned to Brian for his ability to find business solutions to complex problems involving software, health care delivery, supply chain disruptions, audits, and competition. Brian negotiates and drafts agreements involving the transfer, use, and sharing of intellectual property; offers guidance on research and development (R&D), licensing, strategic alliance, joint venture, and privacy risks; and helps clients manage open source software portfolios. He serves as Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Silicon Valley Office.

Brian's representations typically sit at the forefront of the evolving technology and commercial marketplaces. He guided SAP on commercial and intellectual property risks associated with three of the five largest hosted-services transactions in history, Concur ($8.3 billion), Ariba ($4.3 billion), and SuccessFactors ($3.4 billion), and he has been heavily involved in the consolidation of the semiconductor industry, including the $14.8 billion sale of Linear Technology to Analog Devices. He also maintains an active docket in California state and federal courts, including pursuing the partnership and alliance rights of sophisticated technology, industrial, and health care concerns as well as emerging companies. Brian has advised dozens of clients on software license audits and compliance.

Brian is a regular speaker on subjects including information security, legal ethics, and electronic discovery.

Brian Selden