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James R. Ferguson

James R. Ferguson

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“…‘phenomenal’…a ‘superb trial lawyer’ whose ‘high energy’ practice includes IP and white-collar criminal defense.”

Chambers USA

James R. Ferguson focuses his practice on intellectual property, complex commercial litigation, and domestic and international arbitration. He also conducts domestic and international investigations for multi-national corporations. He has been lead trial counsel in patent, trademark, trade secret, licensing, class action, breach of contract and employment cases in federal courts and domestic and international arbitral tribunals.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Jim has also been lead trial counsel in many other commercial and white-collar criminal cases, including antitrust, securities, FCPA and Sarbanes-Oxley cases. He has first-chaired more than 35 cases to verdict or judgment and argued more than 30 appeals in federal courts of appeals. In both his patent and his commercial litigation practice, Jim has been lead counsel for pharmaceutical, medical device, financial services, insurance and other companies without ever suffering an adverse judgment against his clients.

In Chambers, Jim has been described as a "phenomenal" advocate and a “superb trial lawyer” who is "very responsive and very smart" . . . His "high energy" practice "includes IP and white-collar criminal defense." (Chambers USA) (2016, 2015, 2005). In similar publications, he has been described as "creative," "dynamic," "incredibly impressive," an "exceptional attorney," and an "extraordinarily hardworking guy" with "sophisticated contentious expertise." (Chambers USA (2015); Legal 500; IAM 250; IAM Patent 1000). Jim is listed in Chambers' America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation) (2005-present), Legal 500 (2007-present), The Best Lawyers in America (2006-present), Corporate Counsel's Top Lawyers (Bet-the-Company, Commercial and White Collar Criminal Litigation), and Leading Lawyers Network.

Jim is also listed as a "Band One" patent litigator in life sciences by IAM Life Sciences (2011-present), and he was selected by IAM 250 for inclusion in "The World’s Leading Patent Litigators" (2011) and IAM Patent 1000 (2012-present).

Jim is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also a member of the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property and the US Council for International Business Intellectual Property Committee. Jim is a registered neutral with AAA, CPR, the International Center for Dispute Resolution, the International Chamber of Commerce (United States), the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

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