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Overview

Jim is widely recognized in the area of trademark infringement.

He assists pharmaceutical manufacturers and other clients in protecting their assets. Experienced serving as lead trial counsel in patent, trademark and copyright litigation, Jim has secured several jury verdicts for clients and argued a number of successful appeals. Jim’s industry experience includes:

  • Serving as lead trial counsel for a generic drug manufacturer in an ongoing patent infringement dispute with a competitor.
  • Serving as trial counsel in a patent infringement case involving two pharmaceutical suppliers.

Before entering private practice, Jim was an assistant U.S. attorney representing federal agencies and officers in affirmative and defensive litigation.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2013-2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2005-2006, 2008-2017
  • IP Stars, Managing Intellectual Property, 2014, 2017

Education

  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School
  • B.A., Michigan State University

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association,Copyright Piracy and International Laws Committee, vice chair, 2004
Experience
  • Lead trial counsel for a generic drug manufacturer in an ongoing patent infringement dispute with a competitor.
  • Trial counsel in a patent infringement case involving two pharmaceutical suppliers.
  • Lead trial counsel in defense of a plush toy company in a 2006 action brought by a toy manufacturer for copyright and trademark infringement and damages of more than $20 million. After a two-week jury trial, a jury returned its verdict in favor of the client on all counts.
  • Lead trial counsel for plush toy company in a trademark infringement lawsuit against Softbelly’s Inc., a California plush toy maker. In February 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, affirmed the jury’s verdict in favor of the client on its trademark infringement claim and a damage award of more than $1 million.
  • Developed and spearheaded a worldwide intellectual property enforcement program for plush toy company. Assembled team of lawyers dedicated to registration of the company’s trademarks and copyrights, anti-counterfeiting efforts, licensing programs and a vigorous policing policy that essentially stopped infringers in all countries where the company does business.
  • Lead trial counsel in a jury trial involving a patent infringement dispute between rival label printer manufacturing companies.
  • Trial counsel in a patent infringement dispute between two major electric companies. Negotiated a favorable settlement for client.
  • Lead trial counsel for an audio equipment manufacturer in an investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
  • Lead trial counsel in a multidistrict litigation patent infringement lawsuit. Represented a family-held company in prosecuting infringement claims against multiple digital camera manufacturers.