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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

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University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review (editor-in-chief) (1998)
Rutgers University
B.A., with honors (1988)

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

James W. Poradek


Jim Poradek is a lead attorney for complex intellectual property and technology litigation. Jim has won significant cases for clients such as W.L. Gore, 3M, Sorin, Shell Oil and Pella. Jim has been praised by one federal judge as a "great lawyer" who has "the uncanny ability to make the unusually complicated simple." Middleton v. 3M , 842 F. Supp. 2d 1133, 1136 (S.D. Iowa). Jim's cases include the following:

  • Lead counsel for W.L. Gore in the medical device patent case in which the client won summary judgment of non-infringement in AGA Medical v. W.L. Gore (D. Minn.).
  • Lead counsel for Global Traffic Technologies in GPS-based traffic control technology trial in which the client won a jury verdict of willful patent infringement and damages of over $5,000,000 GTT v. KM Enterprises (D. Minn.).
  • Lead counsel for 3M in patent infringement case involving commercial graphics technology, in which 3M won complete summary judgment against plaintiff based on lack of patent standing in Middleton v. 3M (S.D. Iowa).
  • Lead counsel for W.L. Gore in patent infringement cases in Massachusetts, Delaware, and New Jersey involving pharmaceutical bioprocess technology, including a non-infringement summary judgment victory in Millipore v. W.L. Gore (D. Mass.) and defeat of preliminary injunction motion in Millipore v. W.L. Gore (D.N.J.).
  • Lead counsel for Becker Underwood in patent infringement case in the Western District of Wisconsin involving crop growth technology, which resulted in a non-infringement summary judgment victory for client in EMD v. Becker Underwood (W.D. Wis.).
  • Lead counsel for 3M in several patent infringement actions in which 3M won judgments against competitors in different industries, including $3.5 million consent judgment on the eve of trial against defendant in 3M v. Gerson (D. Minn.).
  • Lead counsel for Sorin in a heart valve technology case, in which client obtained a $7.5 million settlement on the eve of trial in Sorin/CarboMedics v. ATS Medical (D. Minn.).
  • Lead counsel for defendant Shell Oil/Jiffy Lube in patent infringement case in which client obtained complete dismissal of infringement claims in Transclean Corp. v. Jiffy Lube International, Inc ., 474 F.3d 1298 (Fed. Cir.).
  • Lead counsel for Pella in patent infringement case involving reduced visibility insect screens in which Pella won summary judgment of non-infringement at the district court in Pella v. Andersen Windows (D. Minn.).
  • Counsel for plaintiff Global Traffic, a former 3M business unit, in which client won jury trial verdict of $6.75 million in the patent infringement case Global Traffic v. Tomar (D. Minn.).
  • Counsel in for plaintiff in patent infringement trial in which the jury found willful infringement and the court subsequently awarded double damages, attorneys' fees and a permanent injunction in Floe v. Newmans (D. Minn.).
  • Lead counsel for National Beverage in the complex commercial trial Dunn v. National Beverage (Minn.), in which the jury found in favor of National Beverage on plaintiff's principal claims, including trade secret and franchise act claims.
  • Counsel for Wyeth in billion-dollar trade secret trial in which the court found trade secret misappropriation and granted Wyeth a permanent injunction in Wyeth v. Natural Biologics, Inc . (D. Minn.).
  • Counsel for Target in false advertising case in which Kmart stipulated to the complete withdrawal of its nationwide "Dare to Compare" advertising campaign shortly after Target filed for a preliminary injunction in Target v. Kmart (D. Minn.).

Jim teaches patent litigation and strategy at the University of Minnesota Law School. He has taught claim construction courses for judges and judicial clerks in the District of Minnesota. He has served on the District of Minnesota Markman Committee, a joint project of the Minnesota federal judiciary and the Federal Bar Association. Jim serves on the Legal Personnel Committee at Faegre Baker Daniels. Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Jim was editor-in-chief of the Minnesota Law Review and clerked for Judge David S. Doty in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.

Pro Bono

Jim's pro bono practice focuses on housing law.


  • The Best Lawyers in America — Patent Litigation, 2015-17
  • Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, 2014-17


  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota, Hon. David S. Doty, 1998–2000


  • The Basics of Pre-Suit Investigations
    Minnesota State Bar Association CLE
  • The Rules for Conducting Powerful Cross-Examinations
    Minnesota State Bar Association CLE
  • Establishing Trial Vision from Day One
    Minnesota State Bar Association CLE
  • The Secrets to Winning Trade Secret Cases
    Minnesota State Bar Association CLE
  • Claim Construction After Texas Digital
    Faegre & Benson in-house presentation
  • The Transition from Law School to Law Practice
    Minnesota State Bar Association Presentation
  • Technology in the Federal Courtroom
    United States District of Minnesota CLE

Published Articles

  • Winning Patent Litigation Casebook
    Editor, Faegre & Benson
  • You Must Be Mistaken: Federal Circuit "Corrections" of District Court Claim Constructions
    Practicing Law Institute Patent Litigation 2003, 766 PLI 47
  • Recent Highlights in Patent Cases in the District of Minnesota
    Minnesota State Bar Association IP Book
  • Critical Issues in Trade Secret Litigation
    Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Putting the Use Back in Metropolitan Land-Use Planning
    Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 82


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