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Colleen Tracy James

Colleen Tracy James

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Colleen Tracy James "is a top tier litigator. She has great instincts for litigation and is an excellent strategist. I value her insights immensely.”

Best Lawyers 2014

Colleen Tracy James is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. She focuses her practice on the litigation and trial of patent and other complex intellectual property matters with particular emphasis in the life sciences field.  Colleen has represented high profile companies in federal courts across the country. Colleen is effective in the courtroom at trial and has extensive experience in litigating Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) cases brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Colleen has been first chair at trial and has argued many motions, including Markman hearings.

Whether she is handling a high-stakes patent litigation or engaged in IP counseling, due diligence or licensing, Colleen is known for being organized, efficient, cool under pressure and an exceptional communicator. Her skill and dedication in preparing witnesses for depositions has, time and again, allowed her to achieve outcomes that met or exceeded client expectations.

Above all, Colleen puts a premium on listening to her clients and building consensus among stakeholders so that she can craft strategies that respond directly to the client’s legal and business needs.

According to Legal 500 US, "Colleen Tracy attracted client praise for her 'overall depth of knowledge, dogged advocacy, and unfailing attentiveness to details of concern to the client.'" For the past four years, Colleen has been honored as a top New York City intellectual property litigator in Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Edition. She has also been recognized as an “IP Star” in the 2014 edition of Managing Intellectual Property. Colleen was selected as a top intellectual property law practitioner in the 2011-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America. She was also named a 2013 “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Colleen was featured as a rising star by Law360 in 2010 and was named a rising star in intellectual property law in the 2007 edition of Law360.

While in law school, Colleen served as a student law clerk to the Honorable William G. Bassler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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