People: James S. Yu, Senior Counsel

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James S. Yu

Senior Counsel

New York
Direct: (212) 218-5524
Fax: (212) 218-5526
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Mr. Yu is a senior counsel in the Litigation and Labor & Employment Departments.  He has regularly handled and tried a diverse range of matters, including complex contract disputes, Director & Officer liability litigation, trade secret misappropriation and business tort cases, products liability and toxic tort defense, shareholder disputes, and several actions defending servicers of commercial mortgage loans involving multi-level debt structures.
   
Mr. Yu has particular expertise on trade secret protection, computer fraud and non-compete agreements.  He has both obtained and fought restraining orders and injunctions against former employees and competitors for alleged theft of confidential information and/or breach of restrictive covenants on behalf of clients involved in a broad spectrum of industries, including digital advertising, medical device technologies, fashion and retail, software development, and the staffing industry.
  
Mr. Yu is actively involved in pro bono work for the Asian-Pacific American community in New York, as well as clients referred by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Lawyers Alliance for New York.  He is a former Officer and Director of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and also formerly served as co-chair of its Litigation Committee.   From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Yu served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ariel A. Rodriguez of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
Mr. Yu is a senior counsel in the Litigation and Labor & Employment Departments.  He has regularly handled and tried a diverse range of matters, including complex contract disputes, Director & Officer liability litigation, trade secret misappropriation and business tort cases, products liability and toxic tort defense, shareholder disputes, and several actions defending servicers of commercial mortgage loans involving multi-level debt structures.
   
Mr. Yu has particular expertise on trade secret protection, computer fraud and non-compete agreements.  He has both obtained and fought restraining orders and injunctions against former employees and competitors for alleged theft of confidential information and/or breach of restrictive covenants on behalf of clients involved in a broad spectrum of industries, including digital advertising, medical device technologies, fashion and retail, software development, and the staffing industry.
  
Mr. Yu is actively involved in pro bono work for the Asian-Pacific American community in New York, as well as clients referred by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Lawyers Alliance for New York.  He is a former Officer and Director of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and also formerly served as co-chair of its Litigation Committee.   From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Yu served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ariel A. Rodriguez of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University Law School, Newark (2000)
    Rutgers Law Review, Editor
  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University (1995)
    with Honors

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Circuit Court, Second Circuit

Affiliations

  •  Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), Director and Litigation Committee Co-chair

Presentations

  • "Data Security and Trade Secret Protection for Lawyers," Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (February 25, 2016)