February 26, 2020

James R. Nault

James Nault focuses his practice on complex litigation, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, commercial disputes, breach of contract, and trade secret licensing disputes. Jim is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Appellate Groups. 

Patent / Intellectual Property Litigation

Jim is a registered patent attorney and a registered professional engineer. He handles a variety of intellectual property litigation, including lawsuits related to patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement. He has represented diverse clients in intellectual property actions across the country and has achieved numerous favorable settlements on their behalf. 

Jim regularly monitors and reports on changing areas of intellectual property law, especially patent cases at the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has assisted in drafting briefs to the various federal courts of appeals, the Connecticut Supreme Court, and has drafted a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. He routinely makes presentations to the Connecticut legal community to share his knowledge about patent issues.

Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Jim worked as a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at a firm in New York.


Jim has extensive experience handling appellate matters in both state and federal courts. He assisted in winning a significant decision before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal of a complaint against the state of Connecticut and his clients.

Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, he clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Pro Bono

Jim regularly does pro bono litigation work. For his representation of an indigent inmate in a civil rights case, he received commendation letters from two federal judges, won the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award for 2016, and was runner-up Pro Bono Service Award Winner for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut for 2016. 

Prior to attending law school, Jim had a career in the United States Navy's submarine force, culminating in his tour of duty as Commanding Officer of USS Toledo (SSN-769), a 688-class attack submarine based in Groton, Connecticut. He retired as a Navy captain in 2008.

Articles in the National Law Review database by James R. Nault