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James Snyder

Business Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   1 review

also known as James D. Snyder, Klinedinst, PC

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About James

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James D. Snyder represents clients in business transactions, M&A, and data privacy issues. He provides legal and compliance counsel to emerging startups and established companies in areas involving licensing, finance and investments, data privacy and security, corporate structuring, contracts, patent, trademark, copyright, and domain portfolios. He has built a reputation as an outside General Counsel, providing legal guidance on a wide range of issues.

On the mergers and acquisitions side, Mr. Snyder is no stranger to the complexities of M&A work. He previously served in a leadership role throughout integration efforts with the largest privately-held technology company in the world. Mr. Snyder has also led successful acquisitions and integration efforts for US-based clients of businesses in India and Europe.

Mr. Snyder has been at the leading edge of data privacy, counseling clients on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). He is an accomplished speaker in the fast-evolving data security landscape. In 2020 Snyder was appointed to serve on USLAW NETWORK, Inc. Data Privacy and Security Practice Group. He has developed data privacy and security procedures, including one instance where he negotiated all data processing agreements with major auto manufacturers to ensure GDPR and CCPA compliance. In another, he helped craft GDPR-compliant processes and oversight for international connected and autonomous car connectivity providers.

Mr. Snyder’s experience in compliance is not restricted to data protection. He has directly managed all facets of international regulatory compliance in the highly-regulated financial services arena. He has also provided guidance on export and open source software compliance initiatives.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Snyder has counseled clients on contracts involving commercial SaaS, financial services and professional services. He often helps champion his clients’ move into the data analytics marketplace through development and oversight of data privacy, data security, and SLA policy overhauls.

Mr. Snyder previously served as Chief Legal and Compliance Executive for a software development testing company where he aided in growing the business from $10 million in annual revenue to $100+ million in approximately three years. During that period, he engineered sales governance processes and compliance procedures for data privacy and security, as well as open-source software. Mr. Snyder led the company’s $375 million exit when they were acquired by a publicly-held international technology company, and had direct oversight of all aspects of the successful integration efforts.

As someone who loves the outdoor activities that California has to offer, Mr. Snyder enjoys sports, challenging himself in Tough Mudder competitions and camping with his children.

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Licensed for 17 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/30/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Klinedinst PC
501 Broadway, Suite 600
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Posted by John | July 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Practical, business oriented problem solver.
I worked with James when he was General Council and I was President at GT Nexus. James is a high caliber, practical, business oriented problem solver. A great teammate and trusted partner. Since GT Nexus we have had occasions for James to do work for me or one of my clients. Always a positive experience and outcome.
Response from James Snyder August 3, 2020
Thanks John, always a pleasure working with you!


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Work Experience

  • Senior Counsel
  • Klinedinst PC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • CKR Law, LLP
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Owner
  • James D. Snyder, Attorney at Law
  • 2016 - 2018
  • General Counsel
  • Globetouch, Inc.
  • 2016 - 2018
  • General Counsel
  • GT Nexus Inc. (Acquired by Infor, Inc.)
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Director, Legal Affairs
  • Coverity Inc. (Acquired by Synopsys, Inc.)
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Senior Manager, Commercial Transactions
  • Agilent Technologies
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Associate
  • England Ponticello & St. Clair
  • 2005 - 2008
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  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Data Privacy & Data Security Compliance
  • Successful Compliance


  • Data Privacy & Security Practice Group, Educational Coordinator
  • 2020 - Present
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Ignite at University of California, San Diego
  • Mentor
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Commercial Transactions Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Quail Glen Elementary School, School Site Counsel
  • Counsel Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • California Western School of Law, Alumni Association
  • Board Member
  • 2006 - 2007
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Honors and Awards

  • Data Privacy & Security Practice Group Committee Member
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Innovator & Entrepreneur Conference
  • The Magic of M&As: How Do They Really Happen?
  • 2019
  • Business Law Section Seminar
  • How To: Get a Workable Contract to Signature Sooner
  • 2016
  • Commercial Transactions Committee of the Business Law Section
  • Forum-Selection Clauses Found in Many Commercial Agreements Are Enforceable; Supreme Court Clarifies Proper Procedure for Transfer Cycles
  • 2014
  • Business Law Section Seminar
  • How To: Best Practices for Drafting (and Reviewing) Contract Clauses for Limiting Liability
  • 2014
  • ACC Docket
  • Changing the Locks: Tips for Implementing Security Development Testing Standards in Research and Development
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"It's been such a honor to work with and refer business to James Snyder. Clients routinely report that he has provided them a valuable service, effectively and efficiently. I highly recommend contacting James for business transactions, M&A, and data privacy issues."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse this lawyer. James is an excellent attorney in business transactions, licensing and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James is an excellent lawyer and advisor for any business looking to be successful, grow and to protect itself. He is approachable, creative and responsive."
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San Diego Business Lawyer James Snyder
James Snyder
Business Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 17 years
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