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J.R. Riddell is a seasoned trial lawyer in the Sacramento office with a proven track record handling high stakes and bet-the-company matters for clients across the country and around the globe.
J.R.'s practice covers all aspects of commercial and business disputes, from preliminary investigations through trial and appeal. While many of his engagements involve high-profile claims of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract, he also routinely prosecutes and defends claims in a variety of other subject areas, including governmental compliance actions, product liability, inadequate product warnings (e.g., California's Proposition 65) and torts. Most of J.R.'s engagements have resolved favorably prior to trial (e.g., through motion practice and/or mediation), but where trial was merited the results achieved on behalf of his clients have been the subject of multiple awards and accolades in the press (including nationally-recognized top verdicts).
Beyond litigation, J.R. developed a niche practice focused on the business side of mixed martial arts (MMA), and provides legal guidance and business advice to a wide variety of MMA clients. He is a recognized authority on various MMA legal issues and has served as a consultant, conference speaker and sports writer, with numerous articles published on ESPN.com and its MMA affiliate, Sherdog.com. He has also trained in various MMA disciplines at Ultimate Fitness, home to many top-ranked fighters and Team Alpha Male.
J.R. is an active participant in Orrick’s pro bono and associate training programs, and has served as a continuing legal education instructor.
Before becoming an attorney, J.R. served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, both overseas and at the Pentagon.
Keith Tidwell is a lawyer in the Compensation and Benefits Group in Orrick's San Francisco office.
His practice focuses on the representation of both public and private companies in connection with employee benefits and compensation-related aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and initial public offerings.
Keith also advises on the design, administration and implementation of executive compensation and equity compensation arrangements, including severance arrangements and executive employment agreements.
Prior to joining Orrick, Keith was an attorney-advisor to the Honorable Joseph R. Goeke on the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.