Four IP Virtuosos

James Holderman: In His Own Words: IP Litigation Strategy Advice and Insight

Ashly I. Boesche and Brent Hawkins

©2016. Published in Landslide, Vol. 8, No. , March/April 2016, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

It is not often that a legal master is so well known and respected that we can draw on a Wikipedia entry for his biography. Judge James Holderman is such a master. Judge Holderman served on the bench for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1985–2015, and as chief judge from 2006–2013. Among his many honors, he received the Mark T. Banner Award in 2012. He chaired the Litigation Section’s Trial Practice Committee from 2012–2014 and the Commission on the American Jury Project from 2010–2012. Judge Holderman is currently a member of the Advisory Council for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Holderman received the Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Association in 2012. He has taught at the University of Illinois College of Law, the University of Chicago Law School, Northern Illinois University College of Law, and The John Marshall Law School, among others. Among many publications, Judge Holderman has been a contributing author of the Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook (with updates); Winning at Trial: Insights from the Bench and Leading Litigators; and The Common Law of Intellectual Property. Judge Holderman, having retired from the bench, is now a mediator with JAMS.

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