John (Jay) Neukom is a litigation partner and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. He is veteran trial lawyer with extensive experience advising major Bay Area companies on complex business and intellectual property disputes, including trade secret misappropriation, patent and copyright infringement matters.

Mr. Neukom has served as lead counsel for a broad range of Fortune 500 technology companies in high-stakes matters focused on intellectual property, contract and competition issues. He possesses broad expertise in the technology sector with deep subject matter knowledge in a range of areas including semiconductors, network security, software and the Internet of Things. He has litigated over 100 intellectual property disputes and chaired jury and bench trials in state and federal courts across the U.S., as well as successfully argued before various domestic and international arbitration tribunals, and the International Trade Commission.

Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Neukom was Co-Head of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice of another international law firm where he successfully asserted and defended claims for patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation. He has represented a broad array of clients throughout his career including Cisco, Google, Philips and Fortinet. Mr. Neukom has been recognized as one of California’s “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” and “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers” by The Daily Journal repeatedly, and as a leading patent litigator in California by Intellectual Asset Management.

Mr. Neukom received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2004, his M.A. from Yale University in 2001 and his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1997. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to Judge Jose Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


  • Stanford Law School, 2004, J.D.
  • Yale University, 2001, M.A.
  • Dartmouth College, 1997, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California