James R. Troupis

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)

Professional Activities:

State Bar of Wisconsin: Board of Governors (2007-present), Finance Committee

Western District Bar Association: Board of Governors, president (2004-05), vice president (2003-04), Executive Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Dane County Bar Association: Board of Directors (multiple terms); past chair, Judicial Selection Committee

Wisconsin Higher Education Business Roundtable, Board of Directors (2006 – Present)

Special Joint Legislative Committee on Election Law Review, public member (2004-05)

Governor’s Advisory Council for Judicial Selection, chair (2001-02)


D. De Bruin, J. Troupis, A. Kujak, “Western District of Wisconsin: When it comes to IP, it is the place to be” (ABA, IP Litigation Committee Newsletter) (Spring 2007)

J. Troupis, “Inequitable Conduct: The Lessons of Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc. v. Promega Corporation” (Western District Bar Association Newsletter Feb. 2006)

J. Troupis, “Antitrust Liability for Denial of Physician Access to Patients,” Report of Proceedings on Health Care Antitrust (American Health Lawyers Association and ABA 2001)

J. Troupis & J. Furlow, Appellate Court Jurisdiction, Federal Appellate Procedure – Seventh Circuit (Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing, 1998 (unpublished))

J. Troupis & B. VanDam, “Practical Guidelines for the Use of Legal Resources,” Chapter 21 in Health Care Law: A Practical Guide (Matthew Bender, 1998)

J. Troupis and J. Decker, Construction Claims Under Wisconsin Law (1989)

J. Troupis, Comment, “Immunity and Subsequent Informal Punishment,” 69 J. Crim. L. & C. 322 (1978)

Professional Appearances and Papers:

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