Areas of Practice
  • Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.S.I.E.
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • US Supreme Court
  • Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • US Patent and Trademark Office

James "Jay" R. Nuttall

115 South LaSalle Street
Suite 3100
Chicago IL 60603
TEL: +1 312 577 1260
FAX: +1 312 577 1370

Jay Nuttall is a nationally recognized patent litigator on whom companies depend “when the stakes are high.” Clients attribute Mr. Nuttall’s success to his quick thinking, effective cross-examination skills, and ability to articulate complex legal and technical issues. His substantial trial experience spans a range of technologies, including telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronic systems and methods, software, lighting, and chemical processes. Mr. Nuttall has successfully served as lead counsel on patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, and other technology related matters. Some of his significant victories include trying a complex 11-patent case in which the client won on all issues and received attorneys’ fees; obtaining, as part of a team, a jury verdict of willful infringement and a $78 million judgment; and defeating a multi-patent infringement claim alleging more than $4 billion in accused sales. 

Mr. Nuttall serves as lead counsel for both petitioners and patent owners in post grant review proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR). He also counsels clients in the development and protection of intellectual property, including worldwide patent and trademark protection and due diligence investigations.

According to clients, Mr. Nuttall “has a really good understanding of what our business objectives are [and the] efforts needed to obtain business objectives” and that he “consistently and successfully litigates against well-known high-profile attorneys who have been practicing many more years than he has.” Mr. Nuttall is the managing partner of Steptoe's Chicago office and also serves on the firm’s executive committee.

Mr. Nuttall is a Registered Patent Attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Representative Matters

  • Representing American Axle in a multi-patent infringement suit against one of its competitors involving automotive drive line noise and vibration technology.
  • Represented and resolved all claims for RR Donnelley in a patent infringement suit involving 10 patents related to web-to-print and variable-data printing products and services.
  • Represented RR Donnelley in a multi-patent infringement case related to electronic procurement systems for customized goods. Successfully briefed and argued claim construction and summary judgement on behalf of numerous defendants. Parties reached confidential settlement after RR Donnelley received a favorable claim construction decision.
  • Represented VTech in a five-patent infringement suit involving telecommunications products. Successfully resolved all claims resulting from the sale of Nortel’s patent portfolio to Rockstar and Spherix, including invalidating all instituted claims from multiple IPR proceedings. 
  • Represented CSP Technologies, Inc. in a complex 11-patent infringement suit related to diagnostic test strips. After a successful trial in which CSP’s patents were found valid and infringed, the client obtained an injunction and $8 million settlement.


  • Ranked, Chambers USA, Intellectual Property (Illinois), 2015-2017
  • Ranked, IAM Patent 1000, Litigation:  Illinois, 2012-2017
  • Listed in Illinois Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property Litigation, 2014-2017; "Top 100," 2016-2017; "Rising Star," 2012
  • Named to "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" for 2007 by Law Bulletin Publishing Company (LBPC)

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Professional Affiliations

  • Pro Bono Program, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • The Sedona Conference® Working Group Series SM Patent Damages and Remedies