James (Jim) Quarles is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Groups and a former member of the Executive Committee. He joined the firm in 1975. Mr. Quarles is a former managing partner of Hale and Dorr's Washington office.
Mr. Quarles' practice has been exclusively devoted to litigation. For the past 15 years, his practice has focused on intellectual property litigation matters. Most recently, Mr. Quarles has tried (or co-tried with Bill Lee) to a successful conclusion 9 matters before the International Trade Commission, and, together with Mr. Lee, represented Broadcom Corporation in its litigation against Qualcomm Corporation. He has extensive experience with the trial of complex civil matters, ranging from the successful trial defense of Legent Corporation in a shareholders' class action to the defense of ITT Corporation in a claim arising out of the construction of the Nine Mile Point II Nuclear station in Oswego, New York (selected as one of the 15 outstanding defense jury verdicts of 1992 by The National Law Journal). Mr. Quarles has argued before the United States Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth and District of Columbia Circuits.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Quarles clerked for the Honorable Frank A. Kaufman of the US District Court for the District of Maryland. After his clerkship, he was appointed an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and served from 1973 to 1975.