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Hon. John C. Lifland

Hon. John C. Lifland


New York City, NY, USA

Hon. John C. Lifland (Ret.) is highly regarded by counsel for his exceptional ability to handle complex litigation. He is perceived by parties as being well prepared, knowledgeable, courteous, and a consummate professional. Prior to his 19 years of distinguished service in the federal judiciary at the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, he was in private practice for 27 years concentrating on commercial litigation including antitrust, employment, construction, banking, intellectual property, and securities matters.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Facilitated settlement negotiations involving a full range of issues including:
    • Antitrust
    • Banking
    • Business
    • Class action
    • Complex commercial
    • Employment
    • Environmental
    • Government agencies
    • Health Care
    • Insurance
    • Intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks, unfair competition, and licensing
    • Pharmaceuticals/Mass torts
    • Securities
  • During the last several years while serving on the federal bench, cases presided over were mostly civil with an emphasis on intellectual property matters and included multidistrict litigation
  • Managed such cases to settlement or judgment, and his decisions included resolving challenges to validity and enforceability of patents on various brand-name drugs by generic drug manufacturers, questions of infringement in such cases and questions of patent validity, infringement, and damages in other varied contexts including consumer products, construction materials, and electronic devices. His work also included evaluating infringement issues in trademark and copyright cases and resolving various issues in securities litigation.

Background and Education

  • Judge, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1988-2007
  • Private practice, Stryker, Tams and Dill, Newark, New Jersey, 1961-1988
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Thomas F. Meaney, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • LL.B., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Yale University

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