Mr James Hurst > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 NORTH LASALLE
CHICAGO, IL 60654
United States

Position

Jim Hurst is a trial lawyer who serves on Kirkland’s Executive Committee. He’s been trying cases for 30 years, including patent, products liability, trade secret, antitrust, fraud, and contract cases. He’s also argued dozens of appeals including before the U.S. Supreme Court. He’s was named Benchmark’s “Trial Lawyer of the Year” in 2018, and is one of only three lawyers honored twice in The American Lawyer’s biannual “Litigator of the Year” contest—the first for eight straight trial wins and the second for six straight trial wins. His trial wins are regularly reported in the press, including a 2019 American Lawyer articled entitled “Kirkland’s Hurst Wins, And Then He Wins Some More–How Does He Do It?”

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1989 cum laude; University of Delaware, B.S., 1986 magna cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

(Leading lawyers)

James HurstKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ‘brings an almost unique set of strengths and resources to address complex, high-stakes commercial litigation.’ The practice is noted for its breadth, with expertise in civil trials, congressional inquiries, securities litigation, class action claims and government investigations, among others. Defendants and plaintiffs alike approach the group for legal support in crises. The New York-based Sandra Goldstein is noted for her expertise in fraud class actions, securities and commercial disputes. Mark Filip, who divides his time between Chicago and Washington DC, has a strong track record for civil cases: he is for instance acting for Allergan in the Opioids litigation. James Hurst‘s broad practice spans patent, products liability, trade secret, criminal, antitrust, and contract matters, and Andrew Kassof has know-how in trying cases; both are based in Chicago. New York’s Aaron Marks is well versed in acting for financial institutions. Other prominent practitioners are Richard Godfrey and Diana Watral in Chicago, as well as Craig Primis in Washington DC.

United States > Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers

(Leading trial lawyers)

James HurstKirkland & Ellis LLP

James HurstKirkland & Ellis LLP. Mandates taken on by James Hurst include patent, product liability, contract and trade secrets litigation, for which he has a strong track record. Historical matters include representing Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and affiliates in a US District Court as part of a consolidated patent infringement action against 16 pharmaceutical companies and their affiliates. He has also handled multiple appeals before the US Supreme Court.

James HurstKirkland & Ellis LLP. Mandates taken on by James Hurst include patent, product liability, contract and trade secrets litigation, for which he has a strong track record. Historical matters include representing Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and affiliates in a US District Court as part of a consolidated patent infringement action against 16 pharmaceutical companies and their affiliates. He has also handled multiple appeals before the US Supreme Court.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses a stellar bench of experienced trial lawyers, including the New York-based Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Joseph Loy, and Todd Friedman; James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, and Bryan Hales in Chicago; Michael De Vries and Ellisen Turner in Los Angeles; Adam Alper in San Francisco; Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC; and Jeannie Heffernan in Austin. Operating across the country, the practice is a preferred choice for major industry clients for a wide gamut of patent disputes, litigating cases before district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, the PTAB, and the Supreme Court. The group has particular expertise in the semiconductor, telecommunications, technology, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.

United States > Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences

 Kirkland & Ellis LLP‘s ‘top-notch’ team advises on transactions and significant litigation. It is particularly known for its IP litigation practice, with partners Jay Lefkowitz in New York and Matt Rowen in Washington DC particularly regarded for their work on appellate litigations. It also acts on major product liability matters, with Lefkowitz advising GlaxoSmithKline, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Amneal Pharmaceuticals on multiple consolidated class actions related to the drug Zantac. Chicago-based James Hurst is recognized for his work on Supreme Court cases and New York-based Patricia Carson is a key patent strategy advisor.