James McConnell is an intellectual property partner in Kirkland's New York office. James focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation in federal courts and the International Trade Commission. He has represented clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical and life science, computer hardware and software, smartphones, and wireless communications. James has worked on issues in all phases of litigation, including pre-suit analysis and strategy, discovery and depositions, Markman, summary judgment, trial, post-trial, and ITC enforcement.



Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for Patent Litigation: Full Coverage, 2020 

Recipient, Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award for Outstanding Service, 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

American Chemical Society

American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Cornell Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2010

    American Bar Association - Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law

    CALI Award: Intellectual Property

    CALI Award: Patent Law and Trade Secrets

    CALI Award: Adv. Litigation: Problem-Solving Seminar

    Managing Editor, Legal Information Institute Supreme Court Bulletin (LIIBULLETIN)

  • Hamilton CollegeB.A., Chemistry & Mathematicssumma cum laude2007

    Phi Beta Kappa

    Sigma Xi

    Honors in Chemistry; Honors in Mathematics

    The Norton Prize

    The Donald J. Denney Prize in Physical Chemistry

    The Edward Huntington Memorial Mathematical Prize Scholarship