Part-time Professor of Practice

Biographical Information

James Tuthill has extensive experience in corporate, transactional, and regulatory aspects of the telecommunications industry, and spent over twenty-four years at leading industry firms including Pacific Telesis, SBC, and AT&T. Mr. Tuthill received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law (J.D.) and also completed UCLA's Advanced Executive Management Program.

Mr. Tuthill was a partner at Schuyler, Ballard & Cowen in Chicago, and subsequently managed complex litigation at Bucyrus-Erie, a Fortune 500 manufacturer.  1n 1985 he joined Pacific Telesis Group, one of the seven Regional Holding Companies formed at the divestiture of AT&T in 1984. He served as the chief international counsel, chief federal regulatory counsel and VP & General Counsel of Pacific Bell Cellular.

In 2000 he became the Vice President and General Counsel of Westwave Communications, Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up funded by two Tier 1 venture capital firms. Westwave sought to develop sophisticated software for next generation communications networks. He joined AT&T's legal department in 2003. Since retiring from AT&T in 2006, Tuthill has taught Telecommunications, Broadcast and Internet law, at both the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He was also on the faculty of Boalt's International Executive and Legal Education program for several years.


Advanced Executive Management Program: Competing in the Global Environment
University of California, Los Angeles
Northwestern University School of Law
Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois

Graduated cum laude.

Work Experience

Part-time Professor of Practice
James E Rogers College of Law
2017 - present
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
2009 - 2015
Adjunct Professor
University of San Frnacisco School of Law
2006 - 2009
Senior Attorney
AT&T Corporation
2003 - 2006
Vice-President, General Counsel & Secretary
Westwave Communications, Inc., Santa Rosa, California
200 - 2003
General Attorney, Marketing, Sales, & Operations
Pacific Bell, San Francisco, California
1997 - 2000
General Attorney, Secretary, and Vice President External Affairs
Pacific Bell Mobile Services, San Francisco, California
1995 - 1997
Senior Counsel & Supervising Senior Counsel, FCC Group
Pacific Bell, San Francisco, California
1987 - 1995
Senior Counsel
Pacific Telesis International & PacTel Communications Companies, San Francisco, California
1985 - 1987
Corporate Attorney
Western Gear Corporation, Lynwood, California
1983 - 1985
Corporate Attorney
Bucyrus Erie Company, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1980 - 1983
Attorney & Partner
Schuyler, Ballard & Cowen, Chicago, Illinois
1972 - 1980