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James V. Fazio III


(619) 544-7282
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San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101


J.D., cum laude, Syracuse University, 1995

  • Syracuse Law Review Editor 

M.A.S., University of California, San Diego, 2010

B.A., Colgate University, 1991


Top 10 Intellectual Property Litigators in San Diego by The Daily Transcript, 2010, 2011 and 2014


James V. Fazio is a Partner in the San Diego office of GRSM. James focuses his practice on intellectual property, data privacy and security, and business litigation. He represents public and private companies as well as start-ups in a wide variety of disputes, including those involving cybersecurity threats and incidents, data breaches, patent and trademark infringement, theft of trade secrets, fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition, false advertising and various business tort claims. He has been practicing law since 1995 and was selected by his peers among the top ten intellectual property litigators in San Diego by The San Diego Daily Transcript.

James represents clients in a wide variety of technologies and industries, including food services and restaurants, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, database management, semiconductors and chip design, medical devices, biometrics, business methods, e-commerce and wireless technologies, among others. He also has experience defending major companies against large class action lawsuits, including those involving data breaches, securities fraud and false advertising, stockholder derivative suits and investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 
He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. While serving as a federal prosecutor, he tried nearly a dozen federal jury cases to verdict and argued numerous appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

James regularly lectures and writes extensively on various legal topics. He previously authored and co-authored more than a dozen legal articles in various publications, including IP Today, The Recorder, The FBA Newsletter, The Federal Lawyer, California Lawyer, The San Diego Daily Transcript, and The National Law Journal.


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
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