James Young is a retired partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the San Francisco office. He rejoined Pillsbury in January 2009, after over 10 years as an Associate General Counsel with AT&T and its predecessor companies, SBC and Pacific Telesis. At AT&T, Mr. Young was responsible for AT&T's California regulatory matters before the California Public Utilities Commission, and related litigation and legislation. During his tenure, the company successfully obtained regulatory approval to provide long distance service in California pursuant to Section 271 of the Telecom Act. SBC obtained regulatory approval to merge with AT&T; and legislation was enacted authorizing state video franchises for telecommunications carriers such as AT&T. AB 2987 (Pub. Util. Code § 5810 et. seq.).
Until 1997, Mr. Young was a litigation partner at Pillsbury, representing clients in complex regulatory proceedings and unfair business practice, antitrust, and commercial cases, including claims in various industries of price fixing, market allocation, below cost pricing and intentional interference with business relationships. Mr. Young was the lead outside trial counsel in successful litigation to obtain approval for Pacific Telesis to spin-off its cellular properties to form AirTouch Communications Inc. (now part of Vodafone Group) and for the Pacific Telesis merger with SBC. Mr. Young also represented property/casualty insurers in administrative proceedings with the Department of Insurance to implement the insurance rate rollbacks resulting from Proposition 103. He served for several years as the Chair of the firm's Associate Review Committee.
His current practice continues to involve the litigation and trial of complex regulatory proceedings and business disputes, including class actions and the full range of antitrust and competition issues. Mr. Young also advises companies on issues of regulatory compliance, especially in matters subject to regulation by the California Public Utilities Commission.