For over three decades, James R. Troupis has practiced law at all levels of the federal court system, as well as the state courts of Wisconsin and Illinois. Mr. Troupis’ practice focuses on general civil litigation and appellate work. Mr. Troupis has extensive trial experience, including intellectual property matters, international patent litigation, antitrust, breach of contract, fraud, Qui Tam, securities, corporate, product liability, real estate, and criminal cases
Mr. Troupis is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Northwestern University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Troupis served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, was an Edwin C. Austin Scholar and received the William Jennings Bryan Award. After graduating from the Northwestern University School of Law, Mr. Troupis clerked for Justice (later Chief Justice) Howard C. Ryan of the Illinois Supreme Court.
B.A., Northwestern University, 1975
J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law 1978
U.S. Supreme Court
State of Wisconsin
State of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (general & trial bar)
Academic Awards and Honors:
Visiting Professor of Law, Baikal National University of Economics and Law, Irkutsk, Russia (2008, 2010)
Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Switzerland, Teaching Certification (2008)
Law Clerk, Justice (later Chief Justice) Howard C. Ryan, Illinois Supreme Court (1978-79)
Editor in Chief, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
Julius Minor Moot Court Finalist
William Jennings Bryan Award
Adlai Stevenson Brief Writing Award
Edwin C. Austin Scholar
Julius H. Minor Moot Court Board
Professor Wm. McGovern Political Science Award
DERU (Honorary for overall achievement)
NORLEGAMMA (Junior Men’s Honorary)
Richard Cumnock Debate Award
Delta Sigma Rau-Tau Kappa Alpha-Forensic Honorary
Pi Kappa Delta-Forensic Honorary
Public Service Activities (Past and Present):
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Board of Directors (Providing Access to Justice for Low Income Individuals and the Elderly) (2014-Present)
Agrace Hospice, Ethics Committee (Non-profit Hospice Care, Dane County and Southern Wisconsin) (2013-Present)
Office of Lawyer Regulation, Wisconsin Supreme Court, District 9 Committee) (2011-Present)
The MacIver Institute for Public Policy Board of Directors (Founding Board Member) (2009 – Present)
Board of Governors, State Bar of Wisconsin (2007-2009)
Wisconsin Higher Education Business Roundtable Board of Directors (2006 – 2010)
Chairman, Judicial Selection Committee, Dane County Bar Association (2005)
Public Member, Special Joint Legislative Committee on Election Law Review (2004-05)
Chairman, Governor’s Advisory Council for Judicial Selection (2001-02)
Board of Governors, President (2004-05), Vice President (2003-04) and Executive Committee, Western District Bar Association
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, United States Federal District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Committee Chairman and Board of Directors, Dane County Bar Association
Board of Editors, Matthew Bender Health Law Monthly
Advisor, Vice President, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Madison Symphony Orchestra
Vice President and Board of Directors, Black Earth Creek Watershed Association
Firm Representative and Adjunct Admissions Interviewer, Northwestern University Law School
St. Thomas Aquinas Worship Commission and Fundraising Chairman
Secretary, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Madison Literary Club
Mayor, City of Mendota
Board of Directors, Illinois Development Finance Authority
President and Board of Directors, Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce
Chairman, National Sweet Corn Festival
Board of Directors and Officer, Mendota Area Senior Services
Secretary and Board of Directors, Mendota Lions Club
Supreme Court Historical Society
15th Congressional District Advisory Committee
Secretary, LaSalle County Bar Association
Panel Attorney, Federal Defender Program
Panel Attorney, State Public Defender Program
Advisory Board and Pro Bono Panel, Prairie State Legal Services
De Bruin, J. Troupis, A. Kujak, Western District of Wisconsin: When it comes to IP, it is the place to be, (American Bar Association, IP Litigation Committee Newsletter) (Spring 2007).
Magistrate S. Crocker, J. Troupis, Electronic Discovery and the New Rules of Federal Civil Procedure, (Dane County Bar Association) (February 27, 2007).
Troupis, Inequitable Conduct: The Lessons of Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. v. Promega Corporation, (Western District Bar Association Newsletter Feb. 2006).
Troupis, Antitrust Liability for Denial of Physician Access to Patients, Report of Proceedings on Health Care Antitrust (American Health Lawyers Association and American Bar Association 2001).
Troupis & J. Furlow, Appellate Court Jurisdiction, Federal Appellate Procedure – Seventh Circuit (Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing, 1998 (unpublished)).
Troupis & B. VanDam, Practical Guidelines for the Use of Legal Resources, Chapter 21 in Health Care Law: A Practical Guide (Matthew Bender, 1998).
Troupis, Antitrust Laws Emerging Exemption–Medical Care, Matthew Bender Health Law Monthly (July 1997).
Troupis, “The Marshfield Clinic Case: A Primer in Conspiracy,” Antitrust Health Care Chronicle, American Bar Association, Vol. 9, No. 3 (1995).
Troupis & W. Snyder “Analysis of Seventh Circuit’s Decision in Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin and Compcare Health Services Insurance Corp. v. Marshfield Clinic and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc.,” Vol. 23/No. 10, Health Law Digest National Health Lawyers Association (Oct. 1995).
Troupis and J. Decker, Construction Claims Under Wisconsin Law (1989).
Troupis, “Review Article: A Theoretical Explanation of the Development of Criminal Law,” 70 J. Crim. L. & C. 589(1979).
Troupis, Comment, “Immunity and Subsequent Informal Punishment,” 69 J. Crim. L. & C. 322 (1978).
Troupis, Note, “Pretrial Publicity,” 67 J. Crim. L. & C. 430 (1976).
Troupis, WisconsinFree News, Various Opinion Page Columns, 2013-14
Professional Appearances and Papers Selected (1995-Present, Selected):
Cooperative Network, Annual Meeting, Presentation and Debate with Minnesota Common Cause on Redistricting Process, Fall 2014.
Wisconsin Judicial Conference, Presentation Regarding Government Accountability Board Speech Regulation, Fall 2011.
IBC TIDES 2008 Oligonucleotide and Peptide® Technology & Product Development Conference and Nucleic Acids Technologies for Diagnostics; Panelist –“Patent Strategies in View of Proposed Changes in US Patent Law and Practice,” – Presenter of “Latest Legal and Licensing Developments in Relation to PCR,” Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19-21, 2008.
EuroTIDES Informa Life Sciences 8th Annual Conference- Nucleic Acid Technologies for Diagnostics 2007, “Latest Legal and Licensing Developments in Relation to PCR” Berlin, Germany, December 4, 2007.
Western District Bar Association, “E-Discovery under the New Federal Rules,” May, 2007, (with Magistrate Judge Crocker).
Dane County Bar Association, “Changes in E-Discovery,” Spring 2007.
Lorman Education Services, “Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Wisconsin,” Madison and Brookfield, Wisconsin. December 6, 2005, June 19, 2007 & October 19, 2007.
“ReedLogic Conferences: The Litigation Leadership Roundtable 2005.” Keynote Speaker. James Troupis. September 2005.
Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, “Advice From the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts,” Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 4, 2004.
Madison Literary Club, Commentator on Randall L. Dimond’s paper, “The Uncomfortable Interface of Science and the Law,” Madison, Wisconsin, March 8, 2004.
National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts Forensic Institute, “The Litigation Expert’s Critical Role in Planning & Strategy,” Northbrook, Illinois, August 13, 2001.
American Bar Association: Intellectual Property/Litigation Section Program Chair, “Intellectual Property and Antitrust,” Chicago, Illinois, February 16, 2000.
Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, Hot Topics (And Some Basics) in Intellectual Property Law, “Enforcing the Patent: Preparing for Patent Litigation,” Madison, Wisconsin, November 16, 1999.
Wisconsin Biotechnology Association, “Inequitable Conduct and its Consequences,” October, 1999.
Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, Identifying, Protecting and Enforcing Your Intellectual Property Assets, “Enforcing The Patent: Preparing for Patent Litigation,” Brookfield, Wisconsin, March 26, 1999.
Dane County Bar Association, “From Blackstone to O.J.: The Proud Tradition of the American Jury,” Madison, Wisconsin, October 21, 1998.
Madison Literary Club, “From Blackstone to O.J., A Proud Tradition of the American Jury,” Madison, Wisconsin, November 10, 1997.
1997 National CLE Conference, Law Education Institute, “Antitrust and Unfair Trade Practices: Avoiding a Health Care Disaster,” Vail, Colorado, January 7, 1997.
University of Wisconsin, Business & Tax Association, “Antitrust, Healthcare & the American Jury,” Madison, Wisconsin, October 16, 1996.
Midwest Regional Biotechnology Conference, Wisconsin Biotechnology Association, “Cost Effective Strategies for Chicago Successful Intellectual Property Litigation,” Madison, Wisconsin, September 11, 1996.
Numerous non-legal Speeches, Appearances and Presentations not listed.
Reported Decisions (selected)
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network, Inc. et. al. v. Scott Walker et. al. 2012 AP 584 and Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP et. al. v. Scott Walker, et.al., 2012 AP 1652 (Voter Identification)
Wisconsin Prosperity Network et.al. v. Myse et.al. 2012 WI 27 (Original Action, Enjoining GAB Rule 1.28)
Promega Corp. et. al. v. Life Technologies Corporation et. al., 10-CV-281 (W. D. Wi. 2010) reported at a variety of different citations including, 67 F. 3d 1352 (2012); 2012 U.S. LEXIS 11206; 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 20460; 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154448; 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119830; 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82708; Federal Circuit, Case #2013-1011,1029 & 1376, Slip Opinion, December 15, 2014 (Reversed, liability verdict reinstated) (Patent Infringement and Arbitration, DNA Technology $52million+ jury verdict)
SanDisk Corp. v. Kingston Tech. Co., 863 F. Supp. 2d 815 (W. D. Wi. 2012); Also reported at 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153116 and 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27696. (Patent Infringement, computer storage/flash drives)
John A. Scocos v. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, 2012 WI APP 81, 343 Wis.2d 648, 819 N.W.2d 360 (2012)(Established rights of veterans to employment following active service)
Rembrandt Data Storage, LP v. Seagate Tech. LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120018 and 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153364. (Patent Infringement, computer data storage)
Illumina, Inc. v. Affymerix, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 132145, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116264, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7059, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45342 and 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86339. (Patent Infringement, biotech)
SanDisk Corp. v. Zotek Elec. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99500. (Patent Infringement, computer storage/flash drives)
SanDisk Corp. v. ITE Techs., Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32909. (Patent Infringement, computer storage/flash drives)
SanDisk Corp. v. Phison Elecs. Corp., 538 F. Supp. 2d 1060, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70693. (Patent Infringement, computer storage/flash drives)
Through The Country Door Inc. v. J.C. Penney Co., 93 U.S.P.Q.2d (BNA) 1538, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23975 (W.D. Wis. 2007) (copyright infringement)
Franklin Electric Co. v. Dover Corp., 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 11654, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 5083, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84588, 2007 WL 634430, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47722, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27247 (patent infringement, gasoline storage)
AU Optronics Corp. v. LG. Phillips LCD Co, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39340 (Patent Infringement, television picture)
State v. Bobby G, 2007 WI 77, 734 N.W.2d 81 (adoption rights and obligations)
Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. v. Promega Corp., 323 F.3d 1354 (Fed. Cir. 2003); 243 F.3d 564 (Fed. Cir. 2000); 1999 WL 1797330 (N.D. Cal. 1999); 33 U.S.P.Q 2d 1641 (N.D. Calif. 1994); 319 F. Supp. 2d 1011 (N.D. Cal. 2004) (fraud in DNA/life science patent prosecution); United States ex rel. Promega Corp. v. Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., No. 03cv1447 (E.D. Va.)
Wisconsin ex rel. Nader v. Circuit Court for Dane County, No. 04-2559-W (Wis. Sup. Ct. Order September 30, 2004)(Successful Amicus Brief in support of ballot access)
State ex rel. Ford v. Holm, 2004 WI App 22, 269 Wis. 2d 810, 676 N.W.2d 500, petition for review denied, 2004 WI 50 (Apr. 20, 2004) (right to counsel for all indigent defendants in criminal appeals)
State v. Marioneaux, 2004 WI App 37 (Special Court Appointment on issues of right to counsel for all indigent defendants)
Arrington v. Elections Bd., 173 F. Supp. 2d 856 (E.D. Wis. 2002)(2002 Redistricting Trial to Three Judge Panel)
Jensen v. Board of Elections, 2002 WI 13, 249 Wis. 2d 706, 639 N.W.2d 537 (Wisconsin Reapportionment)
Life Technologies, Inc. v. Clontech Laboratories, Inc., 228 F. 3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2000) (Intellectual Property consent decree dispute)
Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin, et al. v. The Marshfield Clinic, 881 F. Supp. 1309 (W.D. Wis. 1994); 1995 WL 10115 (W.D. Wis. Jan. 5, 1995); 883 F. Supp. 1247 (W.D. Wis. 1995); aff’d in part, rev’d in part and remanded, 65 F.3d 1406 (7th Cir. 1995), cert.denied, 116 S. Ct. 1288 (1996); 980 F. Supp. 1298 (W.D. Wis. 1997); aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 152 F.3d 588 (7th Cir. 1998); cert. denied, 525 U.S. 1071 (1999) (health care antitrust verdict)
Prosser v. Board of Elections, 793 F. Supp. 859 (W.D. Wis. 1992)(1992 Redistricting Trial to Three Judge Panel)
Mariani v. The School Directors of District 40, 154 Ill. App. 3d 404, 506 N.E.2d 981 (3rd Dist. 1987), appeal denied, 116 Ill. 2d 561, 515 N.E.2d 111 (hearing officer)
Schrage v. State Board of Elections, 88 Ill. 2d 87, 430 N.E. 2d 483 (1981)(Illinois Redistricting to Illinois Supreme Court)
Public Service Recognition (selected):
Best Lawyers in Wisconsin, Chambers & Partners USA Guide
The Best Lawyers in America®
Wisconsin Super Lawyers
Top Lawyers 2005, Litigation, Madison Magazine, January 2005
Awarded the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell; an “AV” rating, February 2004-Present
Top Lawyers 2003, Litigation/Appeals Law, Madison Magazine, January 2003
National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
Volunteer of the Year, United Way of LaSalle County, Illinois
Who’s Who in American Law
Who’s Who for Young Professionals
International Who’s Who of Professionals
Strathmore’s Who’s Who
Continental Who’s Who of National Business Leaders
United Who’s Who in Empowering Executives and Professionals International Legal Professional of the Year
Professional Associations (Past & Present)
American Bar Association; State Bar of Wisconsin; State Bar of Illinois; Federal Circuit Bar Association; Seventh Circuit Bar Association; Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association; Dane County Bar Association; Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois; National Health Lawyers Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Professional Appearances and Papers (Selected):
State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Seminar, “Government Accountability Board: Year One,” Dec. 12, 2008
Western District Bar Association, “E-Discovery under the New Federal Rules,” May 2007 (with Magistrate Judge Crocker); Dane County Bar Association, “Changes in E-Discovery,” Spring 2007
State Superintendent’s PK-16 Institute on Service-Learning and Citizenship and the Dialogues With Democracy Conference. Keynote speaker at issues forum on voter registration. Pros of Voter Photo IDs, Madison, Wis., Feb. 2, 2006
Lorman Education Services, “Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Wisconsin,” Madison and Brookfield, Wis., Dec. 6, 2005, June 19, 2007 & Oct. 19, 2007
ReedLogic Conferences: The Litigation Leadership Roundtable 2005, keynote speaker, September 2005
Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, “Advice From the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts,” Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 4, 2004
Madison Literary Club, commentator on Prof. Gordon Baldwin’s paper, “The Nazi Saboteur Case – Ex Parte Quirin,” Madison, Wis., Dec. 8, 1997
Dane County Bar Association and Madison Literary Club, “From Blackstone to O.J., A Proud Tradition of the American Jury,” Madison, Wis., Nov. 10, 1997 and Oct. 21, 1998