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Jim is the chair of Reed Smith's Intellectual Property Group and focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, representing clients in trials, arbitrations and mediations throughout the United States. Jim has particular experience in technology and intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and trade dress litigation.  He also advises clients on various issues relating to software licensing, software development agreements, and conflict resolution in connection with domain names and other e-commerce related issues.


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1990, J.D.
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, 1986, B.S.

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • State Supreme Court - Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Indiana

  • American Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Computer Law Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected as an Acritas Stars stand-out lawyer in 2019
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2018-2023, and Trade Secrets Law, 2023
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition – 2009 in the area of Business Litigation
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2007, 2009-2019