James D. Peterson is a member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups in the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Although Jim concentrates on intellectual property litigation, he has handled a wide a variety of business disputes. He has experience in all phases of litigation from preliminary injunctions to jury trials and to appeals in both state and federal court. Highlights of his recent litigation work include a Markman hearing in a patent case, a jury trial on the issue of lost profits caused by a factory fire, and a successful oral argument in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Jim also advises clients on intellectual property issues, and he recently assisted a technical college develop an institution-wide copyright policy.
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 now serves as the chairman of the editorial board of Wisconsin Lawyer magazine, and he is on the editorial board of Intellectual Property Litigation, a publication of the ABA section of litigation.
Jim has taught copyright law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and he is a popular public speaker on the subject of copyright law. He received his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. Prior to his career in law, James was a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught film and television history.