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James M. Sulentic


Jim’s litigation practice is focused on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on class actions and multi-district litigation. He also provides transactional advice and assistance to clients on a broad array of franchise, dealer and distribution-related issues.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Jim’s current commercial litigation practice centers around nationwide class-action, multi-defendant, multi-district anti-trust cases. He also has extensive experience with patent infringement litigation in numerous jurisdictions, including the Eastern District of Texas. Clients also turn to Jim for litigation involving contract disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practices issues, and franchise and dealer disputes. His clients include companies in the financial services industries, food and industrial products manufacturers, transportation-related companies, and dealer/distribution networks representing a wide variety of products and services.

Franchise, Dealer and Distribution

Jim provides transaction assistance to both franchisors and franchisees, including the preparation, filing and review of Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars and franchise agreements. He also drafts and negotiates a wide range of manufacturing, co-packing, supply and related distribution agreements, as well as intellectual property licensing, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. He also litigates franchise, dealer and distributor disputes.

Intellectual Property

As a complement to his commercial litigation practice, Jim has meaningful experience in all aspects of trademark clearance, registration, maintenance and protection, both domestically and abroad.

  • In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, Eastern District of New York, Case No. 1:05-md-01720
  • In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 1:16-cv-08637
  • Proximity Sensors of Texas, LLC v. Rohm Semiconductor U.S.A., LLC, Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 1:19-cv-00208
  • Rasmussen Air & Gas Energy, Inc. v. Ingersoll-Rand Company, District of Nebraska, Case No. 8:16-cv-00103
  • Vishay Dale Electronics, Inc. v. Rohm Co., Ltd., District of Nebraska, Case No. 8:13-cv-03201
  • Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. First National Bank of Omaha, District of Nebraska, Case No. 8:13 cv-00167
  • Phoenix Licensing, L.L.C. and LPL Licensing, L.L.C. v. Alliance Data Systems Corporation, et al, Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 2:11-cv-00286
  • DataTreasury Corporation v. Austin Bancorp, Inc., et al, Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 6:11 cv-00479
  • Secure Axcess, LLC v. Bank of America Corp., et al, Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 6:10 cv 00670
  • SFA Systems, LLC v., Inc., et al, Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 6:09 cv 00340

  • The Best Lawyers in America© "Lawyer of the Year" in Omaha for Trademark Law, 2022 
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Trademark Law, 2018-2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation; Franchise Law, 2023; Commercial Litigation; Trademark Law, 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rating