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Jeffrey K. Riffer

Litigation - Partner
(310) 746-4406
Areas of Practice 

J.D., Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, Order of the Coif. Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal, magna cum laude
B.S., Indiana University, Beta Gamma Sigma, magna cum laude

Jeff’s practice emphasizes complex business and commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities, intellectual property, entertainment, employment, unfair competition and, in particular First Amendment, defamation and invasion of privacy. He has won jury trials, court trials, arbitrations and appeals. He has written a book, several law journal articles and contributed to other books. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law for many years and has been a guest lecturer at other law schools. He passed the Certified Public Accountant examination.  Jeff is also General Counsel to the Elkins Kalt firm.

Chair and co-chair, Trade Secrets and Unfair Practices Subcommittee, Business & Commercial Litigation Committee Section of the American Bar Association, 2003-2008
Member, Model Jury Instructions Project, Intellectual Property Law Section, American Bar Association, 2006-2008
Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Subcommittee of ABA Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, 2013-2016

Boards & Recognitions
Intellectual Property Advisory Board, Indiana University School of Law, 2004-2016
Named as one of the Top 16 New Media Attorneys by CyberEsq., First Quarter 2001

Sports and Recreational Injuries, a 600-page book (1987)
Co-Author, Recent Misinterpretations of the Avoidable Consequences Rule: The “Duty” to Mitigate and Other Fictions, 16 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 411 (1993), cited by the California Supreme Court in State Dept. of Health Services v. Superior Court, 31 Cal.4th 1026, 1043 (2003)
Chapter Contributor to Antitrust Litigation Best Practices: Leading Lawyers on Developing a Defense Strategy, Evaluating Settlement Opportunities, and Avoiding Common Client Mistakes (2008)
Contributor to ABA, Model Jury Instructions: Copyright, Trademark and Trade Dress Litigation (2008)
Co-Author, Guide to Protecting and Litigating Trade Secrets (2012)
Jeff's scholarly writings have been cited over 35 times by courts, law journals and legal commentators.

Published Cases
Over ten published cases, including In re Medical Capital Securities Litigation, 842 F. Supp. 2d 1208 (C.D. Cal. 2012); Consumer Advocacy Group, Inc. v. Kintetsu Enterprises of America, 141 Cal.App.4th 46 (2006); Consumer Defense Group v. Rental Housing Industry Members, 137 Cal.App.4th 1185 (2006), Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Netscape Communications Corp., 354 F.3d 1020 (9th Cir. 2004); Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Netscape Communications Corp., 55 F. Supp.2d 1070 (C.D.Cal.1999); Duggal v. G.E. Capital Communications Services, Inc., 81 Cal.App.4th 81 (2000); Basinger v. Rogers & Wells, 220 Cal.App.3d 16 (1990)

Media Mentions
Widely quoted in numerous media including the Associated Press, Washington Post,, Bloomberg Radio, ABC Radio San Francisco,, NBC-TV Chicago, the Chicago Sun Times and Investment News Daily

Teaching & Speaking
Adjunct Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1981-1991
Guest Lecturer, UCLA School of Law, Indiana University School of Law, Loyola Law School and Pepperdine MBA Program
Speaker at various seminars sponsored by American Corporate Counsel Association, American Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association and Internet World

Law Clerk to Hon. William E. Steckler, Chief Federal Judge, Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis, IN), 1978-1979