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James D. Peterson is a member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups in the Madison office and he is the leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Working Group.
Jim has handled a wide variety of commercial and constitutional disputes, concentrating on intellectual property litigation. Highlights of his recent litigation work include serving as lead patent litigation counsel for a Wisconsin automotive parts manufacturer in a case litigated as an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court and serving as co-counsel to Extreme Networks, which won a complete victory in jury trial of a patent infringement action. Jim has also argued appeals before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jim also advises clients on intellectual property issues, and he recently assisted a technical college system develop and implement an institution-wide copyright policy.
In addition to his work as lead counsel, Jim has served as local counsel in nearly two dozen patent disputes in the Western District of Wisconsin. Jim earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, in 1998, where he was vice-president of the Moot Court Board Executive Committee, an articles editor on Wisconsin Law Review, and a member of the Order of the Coif. From 1998 to 1999, he served as the law clerk to the Honorable David G. Deininger of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Jim is the author of numerous academic publications, as well as articles on fee arbitration and legal citation systems published in Wisconsin Lawyer magazine. Jim was formerly a member and a past chairman of the editorial board of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine.
Jim teaches copyright law as a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and he is a popular public speaker on intellectual property issues. He received his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. Prior to his career in law, Jim was a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught film and television history.