Jeffrey K. Riffer


Bar Admissions

State Bar of California


J.D., Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal

B.S., Indiana University, magna cum laude

Jeff’s practice emphasizes complex business litigation, including antitrust, securities and securities enforcement, 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, and has over 10 published cases. He has written a book, several law journal articles and contributed to other books. His scholarly writings have been cited by the Supreme Courts of California, Alaska and Wyoming. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. William E. Steckler, Chief Federal Judge of the Southern District of Indiana in Indianapolis.


Intellectual Property Advisory Board, Indiana University School of Law, 2004-2016

Top 16 New Media Attorneys by CyberEsq., 2001


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

Publications & Speaking


Sports and Recreational Injuries, a 600-page book that is in the Library of Congress and the leading law school libraries (including Harvard Law and Yale Law)

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 with approval in State Dep’t of Health Servs. v. Superior Court, 31 Cal. 4th 1026, 1043

Chapter Contributor to Antitrust Litigation Best Practices: Leading Lawyers on Developing a Defense Strategy, Evaluating Settlement Opportunities, and Avoiding Common Client Mistakes

Contributor to American Bar Association’s Model Jury Instructions: Copyright, Trademark and Trade Dress Litigation

Co-Author, Guide to Protecting and Litigating Trade Secrets (2d ed.)

Regular guest lecturer, numerous California law and business schools, including the UCLA School of Law, Indiana University School of Law, Loyola Law School and Pepperdine MBA Program

Seminar speaker, American Corporate Counsel Association, American Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Internet World and more