Jeff Francis specializes in intellectual property and technology disputes in the software, cloud computing, and consumer products and services industries. He has successfully represented clients in disputes concerning trademark, trade secret, copyright, patent, unfair competition, employee lift-out, technology development programs, and other complex commercial matters.

Jeff has also represented numerous clients in connection with litigation, across the country and internationally, arising from catastrophic fire loss events.

Jeff is an experienced trial lawyer, having secured at trial the largest jury verdict in Massachusetts state court history.

Honors & Distinctions

Listed as a "Rising Star" in Massachusetts Super Lawyers from 2005-2008 and 2011-2013

Professional Activities

Member, Boston Patent Law Association

Member, Boston Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, National Fire Protection Association

Publications

The Five Largest Jury Verdicts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, January 15, 2007.

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

Trade Secret/Employee Lift-Out

  • Successfully defended a cloud computing/data distribution company against trade secret misappropriation/employee lift-out claims in New York.
  • Successfully defended a Massachusetts biotech firm from trade secret misappropriation/employee lift-out claims in Massachusetts.
  • Successfully prosecuted an NYSE-listed company's claims against a former employee who had accessed the company's computer system and downloaded confidential and proprietary data. Immediately and successfully moved for leave to seize the former employee's computer files and hard drives at his then current employer.

Copyright/License Agreements

  • Successfully defended an international software company against claims alleging breach of a license agreement and copyright infringement in Massachusetts federal court.
  • Successfully obtained preliminary injunction preventing opposing party from terminating certain supply and license agreements thereby preserving client's ability to continue the manufacture and sale of principal telephony product.

Representative Experience

Unfair Competition/Lanham Act

  • Successfully defended an international cat food manufacturer against unfair competition/Lanham Act claims brought by a competing cat food manufacturer in Massachusetts federal court.
  • Successfully defended a consumer goods importer and wholesaler against unfair competition/Lanham Act claims by a competitor in Massachusetts.

Technology Development Programs and Other Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully obtained a £9.5 million ($17.5 million) summary judgment verdict plus an award of more than $1 million in attorneys' fees for a U.K. financial institution in Rhode Island federal court.
  • Successfully tried a NASDAQ-listed company's claims against an ASIC developer who had contracted to develop the client's next generation product – the 14-person jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the client for $36.7 million in damages, believed to be the largest verdict ever from a state court jury in Massachusetts. The jury also returned a verdict for the client rejecting the developer's approximately $7 million in counterclaims.
  • Successfully tried in a Florida federal court an NYSE-listed company's defense to approximately $6 million in claims arising out of a catastrophic fire in a manufacturing facility by the commercial tenant that converted the facility to use for high density, plastic storage and processing. The district court's decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 
  • Successfully represented an NYSE-listed company in connection with claims arising out of multiple failures of intermediate sprinkler heads in commercial facilities across North America. In 2007, a federal judge in Texas entered summary judgment on all issues in the client's favor.

Representative Experience

Patent Litigation

  • Successfully defended and prosecuted patent infringement claims regarding time and temperature tracking devices, various consumer products, medical devices and speech recognition software in Massachusetts and New York.