James R. Ferguson: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

James R. Ferguson

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7282

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • White Collar Defense & Compliance
  • Internal Investigations
  • FCPA/Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery
  • Life Sciences
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7282
Fax: 312 706 8421
University Indiana University, B.A.
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1986, Illinois; US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; US Tax Court; US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; US District Court for the District of Connecticut; Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Board of Directors, Ann and Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Research Center

Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University Medical School


...'phenomenal'...his '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, 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, and a real expert in the patent litigation field (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), and he was selected by IAM 250 for inclusion in The World's Leading Patent Litigators (2011) and IAM Patent 1000 (2012).

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 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.


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James R. Ferguson

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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