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James R. Ferguson

James R. Ferguson

Mayer Brown LLP

Chicago, IL, 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, license disputes, and breach of contract 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 a wide range of other commercial and white-collar criminal litigation, including antitrust, securities, FCPA and tax cases. He has tried more than 50 cases to verdict or judgment and argued more than 40 appeals in federal courts, including the Federal Circuit.

In Chambers, Jim has been described as a "phenomenal" lawyer whose "high energy" practice "includes IP and white-collar criminal defense" (Chambers USA). In similar publications, he has been described as "dynamic," "incredibly impressive," an "exceptional attorney," a "real expert in the patent litigation field" and an "extraordinarily hardworking guy" with "sophisticated contentious expertise." (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 member of the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property and the US Council for International Business Intellectual Property Committee. He is also a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University School of Law and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Jim is a registered neutral with AAA, CPR, the International Chamber of Commerce (United States), the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.


Northwestern University School of Law, JD Law Review - Articles Editor, Clerkship - Honorable William J Bauer, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Indiana University, BA Phi Beta Kappa


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