Brian G.Selden

Partner-in-Charge Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley + 1.650.687.4142

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, antitrust, and competition. Brian maintains an active docket in California state and federal courts and before arbitral panels, including disputes between competitors or related to existing business models and the litigation of the partnership and alliance rights of sophisticated technology, industrial, and health care concerns, as well as emerging companies. 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. Brian has advised dozens of clients on software license audits and compliance. He also 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.

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


  • Sutter Health wins complete defense verdict in landmark antitrust class actionJones Day won a complete defense jury verdict for Sutter Health in a landmark antitrust class action seeking $1.2 billion in treble damages.
  • Cohesity disposes of six-patent litigation brought by adverse competitor CommvaultJones Day successfully represented Cohesity Inc. ("Cohesity") and obtained dismissal in a six-patent, competitor suit filed by Commvault Systems in April 21, 2020.
  • Ansys acquires Analytical Graphics, Inc. for $700 millionJones Day advised Ansys, Inc. in the $700 million acquisition of Analytical Graphics, Inc., a provider of mission-driven simulation, modeling, testing and analysis software for aerospace, defense and intelligence applications.
  • ANSYS acquires Granta Design LimitedJones Day advised ANSYS, Inc., the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, in their acquisition of Granta Design, the premier provider of materials information technology, and Granta Design Limited has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANSYS.
  • SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8 billionJones Day advised SAP in its $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics International Inc., the global pioneer in the experience management software category.
  • Procter & Gamble defeats class certification in misbranding actionJones Day obtained complete denial of class certification in a putative consumer class action brought against The Procter & Gamble Company in which the plaintiffs alleged that the labeling of Pringles potato crisps is false and misleading.
  • Adecco Group acquires General Assembly Space, Inc. for $412.5 millionJones Day advised The Adecco Group AG in its $412.5 million acquisition of General Assembly Space, Inc., a provider of work force educational curricula and training courses in the fields of technology, design, business, data, and digital marketing.
  • ANSYS acquires OPTISJones Day advised ANSYS, Inc., the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, on its acquisition of OPTIS, a premier provider of software for scientific simulation of light, human vision, and physics-based visualization.
  • SAP acquires Callidus Software Inc.Jones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of CallidusCloud, the leader in cloud-based Lead to Money (Quote-to-Cash) solutions.
  • Confluence acquired by TA AssociatesJones Day advised Confluence Technologies, Inc., a financial services data management software development company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in its acquisition by private equity firm TA Associates.
  • Adecco Group acquires VetteryJones Day advised The Adecco Group, the world's leading HR solutions partner, in its acquisition of Vettery, Inc., a digital professional permanent recruitment marketplace.
  • Itron acquires Silver Spring Networks for $830 million, net of $118 million of Silver Spring's cashJones Day advised Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) in its acquisition of Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI) by acquiring all outstanding shares of Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI) for $16.25 per share in cash.
  • SAP acquires GigyaJones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of Gigya, Inc., a market leader for customer identity and access management.
  • LSC Communications sells office/warehouse facility in Portland, OregonJones Day advised LSC Communications, Inc. in its sale of 260,000 sf office/warehouse facility in Portland, Oregon.
  • Linear Technology acquired by Analog Devices for $14.8 billionJones Day advised Linear Technology Corporation on its sale to Analog Devices, Inc.
  • Hainan Airlines successfully resolves case arising from ground damage to aircraftJones Day represented Hainan Airlines, Co., Ltd., one of the largest air carriers in China, in federal court litigation filed against defendant Aviation Port Services.
  • SAP acquires Abakus, Inc.Jones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of Abakus, Inc., a developer of marketing optimization software.
  • Randstad acquires Monster for $429 millionJones Day advised Randstad Holding nv (AMS: RAND), a leading human resources services provider, in the acquisition of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW).
  • SAP acquires HipmunkJones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of Hipmunk, a leader in travel search innovation.
  • SAP acquires RoambiJones Day advised SAP SE in its acquisition of the Roambi suite of solutions and related key assets.
  • Additional Speaking Engagements

    • January 21, 2015
      Practical and Ethical Considerations in Negotiating Protective Order Access for In-House Counsel, Jones Day University
    • September 21, 2004
      The Lawyer's Creed (Professionalism),  Nationwide Insurance Seminar