Jim Sawtelle leads the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. For over twenty years, clients have turned to him for advice on their most complex commercial and intellectual property needs. Those clients range from individuals, small businesses, and other law firms, to Fortune 500 companies. Jim's ability to offer clear guidance and sound judgment has been forged through years in the courtroom. He has tried to verdict more than 50 civil jury and bench cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the country, with a track record of notable victories. In addition, he has briefed and argued more than a dozen appellate cases, many of which have resulted in refinements to existing law.
A trusted advisor and advocate, his experience enables clients to achieve the results they seek, whether through risk analysis and counseling, litigation avoidance, dispute resolution by settlement, or victory at trial. In recognition, Chambers USA writes that Jim is known for being " . . . adept at handling all areas of commercial litigation . . . extremely thorough and very communicative. He is also recommended for his ability to combine legal sense with awareness of business objectives."
Since 2001, Jim has served as outside counsel to one of the nation's largest media companies, overseeing a variety of legal matters including Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Employment Counseling and Litigation, Contract Negotiations, Data Privacy / Security, Class Action Defense, Consumer Protection, Executive Compensation and Benefits, Brand Licensing Agreements, Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures.
Some of Jim's other achievements include:
Winning a jury verdict of $16.7 million, including a record-setting $15 million in punitive damages, as lead counsel for an investor group in an action against a multinational corporation