Jim Obrien

General Counsel

Jim is an experienced, business-minded attorney who has been providing legal counsel to Actiance since 2003. In nearly two decades of working for technology companies, Jim has held executive positions leading product management, business development, and strategic relations organizations in addition to working as the General Counsel. Before joining Actiance, he was VP of Business Operations, General Counsel and Secretary of Lambda Control, an advanced solid-state photonics company.
Prior to his work for Lambda Control, Jim was at NetSchools Corporation, a K-12 educational technology hardware and software company, where he worked from its first round of funding through its sale to Plato Learning. At NetSchools, Jim held positions as VP of Product Management and as VP of Strategic Relationships as well as roles as General Counsel and Secretary.
Before Silicon Valley, Jim lived in Micronesia, serving first as Chief Legislative Counsel and then in the executive branch for a term as Attorney General of the newly-independent Kosrae State government in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Jim has a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College and a JD from USC. He also has an MA in Economic Development Policy from Stanford, where he assisted the GSB Computer Industry Project studying software development, and a JSM from Stanford Law School, where he was also an International Legal Studies Fellow.