James Trainor | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
James Trainor
James Trainor

James Trainor

Partner, New York

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Patent litigation lawyer James Trainor has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation, through trial and appeal.

Clients also benefit from his significant knowledge of antitrust and commercial litigation, as well as patent counseling. In addition, he provides intellectual property (IP) transactional services, ranging from technology licensing to support for M&A and project finance deals.

Operating across the life sciences, high-tech, telecommunications and transportation industries, James brings insight and experience to matters relating to varied fields including: pharmaceuticals; genetics; drug delivery; microprocessor and circuit design; network systems and database management systems (DBMS); software; solar and wind power; transit engineering; waste management; and cosmetics.

In his commercial litigation practice, James has helped numerous clients to secure provisional remedies. His notable work in this area includes acting as lead IP counsel for the US Department of Energy, in the funding of a major solar energy initiative. He also advises corporates and private equity houses on IP-centric M&A transactions.

Clients also seek James' guidance regarding e-Discovery and Legal Process Outsourcing matters, a complex field in which he is a noted thought leader.

James' active pro bono practice has been marked by distinction from the bench. In McCall v. Astrue (S.D.N.Y), he obtained for his client the reversal of the denial of a 22-year-old Social Security Disability claim. More recently, his pro bono work has focused on his role as outside general counsel to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust, which sponsors research into a cure for the neurological disorder.

Bars and Courts

  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Massachusetts State Bar
  • New York State Bar


  • JD, Suffolk University
  • BSCE, Tufts University, College of Engineering


  • English
  • Portuguese


Patent litigation:
Pfizer and UCB

James represented Pfizer and UCB in Hatch-Waxman litigation against six defendants for infringement of five patents on the drug TOVIAZ® in the District of Delaware. After a four day trial, won on all issues of validity and infringement on all patents against all defendants. Representing Pfizer and UCB against Mylan in a subsequent litigation in Delaware on the same patents concerning Mylan’s ANDA relating to TOVIAZ®.

Google Inc. v. BT Americas, Inc., et al. (C.D. Cal)

James represented Google in litigation concerning teleconferencing and Quality of Service (QoS) assurance products.

Commonwealth Scientific and Indus. Research. Org. v. Mediatek, et al. (E.D. Tex)

James represented Amazon in litigation concerning wireless communication under Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards.

Professional Drug Co., et al., v. Wyeth, et al. (and related class action cases) (D.N.J.)

Representing Wyeth, James defended multiple, patent-based class-action antitrust claims relating to its blockbuster drug Effexor®.

ArrivalStar, et al., v. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (S.D.N.Y.)

James acted as lead counsel for The Port Authority in litigation concerning notification messaging.

Pfizer Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al. (D.N.J.)

James acted as trial counsel for Pfizer in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning Pfizer's billion-dollar incontinence drugs Detrol® and Detrol LA®.

Almirall Prodesfarma, S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al. (S.D.N.Y.)

James represented Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall in Hatch-Waxman litigation concerning the Almirall/Johnson & Johnson antimigraine drug Axert®.

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary v. Novartis Ophthalmics, Inc., et al. (D. Mass.)

James represented Novartis in litigation concerning photodynamic therapy and Novartis's Visudyne® product.

Henlopen Mfg. Co. v. Revlon Consumer Prod. Corp. (S.D.N.Y.)

James represented Henlopen in a contract and inventorship dispute concerning cosmetics applicators.

Commercial litigation:
Ma v. iGavel (NY Supreme)

Acting as lead counsel, James represented the plaintiff-heir in a dispute with a New York auction house, concerning the estate of famed Hong Kong film actress Tina Ti.

International Lease Finance Corporation v. AirComet (NY Supreme)

Acting as lead counsel, James represented global aircraft leasing leader ILFC, in a seizure action against a lessee-debtor.

Enomoto v. Space Adventures Ltd. (E.D. Va.)

James represented a Japanese national in a contract and fraud suit concerning private International Space Station tourism.