James F. Holderman

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James F. Holderman (born 1946) is a Senior United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Born in Joliet, Illinois in 1946, Holderman received a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1968, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1971. He then worked as a law clerk to the Hon. Edward J. McManus, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa from 1971 to 1972. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, Illinois from 1972 to 1978. He was in private practice as a litigator in Chicago, Illinois from 1978 to 1985.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On February 25, 1985, Holderman was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 3, 1985, and received his commission on April 4, 1985. He served as Chief Judge from 2006 to 2013. In July 2010 the Court of Appeals ordered him removed from a drug trial underway, concluding that he had shown "unreasonable fury" towards the prosecution. [1] Holderman assumed senior status on December 31, 2013.

Other work[edit]

Holderman enjoys teaching, and has taught classes at many Illinois law schools. He was an Adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law from 1981 to 1983, and at Northwestern University School of Law from 1982 to 1984. He was a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School from 1983 to 2000. Currently, he teaches as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois (1986–present) and at the University of Illinois College of Law (1993–present).

Holderman is particularly interested in intellectual property litigation, and teaches trial advocacy courses focusing on patent, trade secret, and copyright cases. He also teaches courses related to international IP rights and enforcement.