Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.)

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Intellectual Property

Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.) joined JAMS following 16 1/2 years of distinguished service as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. During his time on the bench, Judge Denlow presided over thousands of matters in both the pretrial and trial stages. He has conducted over 2,000 settlement conferences.

A nationally recognized expert in settling cases, Judge Denlow has continued to prove invaluable to parties involved in intractable disputes at JAMS.  His breath of experience as an advocate, attorney neutral, and a settlement-focused judge makes him an ideal choice to mediate the complex case.

Judge Denlow settled a number of patent, trademark and copyright cases during his tenure as a Federal Magistrate Judge.  Since coming to JAMS in October 2012, Judge Denlow has mediated IP disputes in a variety of contexts:

Representative Matters


  • Settled lawsuit alleging copyright infringement of software pending in USDC WDWIS
  • Settled suit against multiple defendants alleging copyright infringement in connection with educational texts
  • Settled ten suits for copyright infringement of architectural design and related insurance coverage issues pending in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois
  • Settled false advertising claim pending in arbitration regarding the alleged misrepresentations of prescription drug plans
  • Settled suit involving claim for trademark violation and breach of restrictive covenant
  • Settled suit for trademark infringement and unfair competition in the meeting management and event marketing industry


  • Settled a patent suit involving automated trading of derivatives
  • Settled two patent infringement suits between parties relating to popcorn makers
  • Settled a patent suit involving on-line focus groups
  • Settled pre-suit patent dispute involving respiratory devices
  • Settled suit for patent infringement relating to spine surgery table
  • Settled two suits involving claim for breach of patent license

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recipient, Edwin A. Rothschild Award for Lifetime Achievement in Civil Rights, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 2015
  • Member, Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System of the Judicial Conference, 2005-2012 
  • Immediate Past President and Board of Directors, Resolution Systems Institute
  • Vice President, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation, 2006-2012 
  • Member of Advisory Committee, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dispute Resolution Research Center 
  • Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law, 1990-1991 
  • Senior Lecturer in Law, Loyola University School of Law, 1983-1995
  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1988-1998
  • Lecturer, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Northwestern University Corporation Counsel Institute, National Employment Lawyers Association, American Intellectual Property Association, International Claim Association, Association of Attorney Mediators, Employers Counsel Network, and PLI Consumer Financial Services Institute
  • Judicial Profile published in the Federal Lawyer, December 2012
  • Recipient, Seymour Simon Justice Award, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, 2010

Author of numerous articles including the following publications:

Background and Education

  • Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1996-2012 (Presiding Magistrate Judge, 2004-2008)
  • Partner, Dardick & Denlow, 1984-1993
  • Partner, Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., 1979-1984 (Of Counsel, 1993-1996)
  • Director of Professional Services for Chicago Regional Office, JAMS/Endispute, 1995-1996
  • Associate, Rosenthal & Schanfield, 1977-1979
  • Law Clerk and Associate, D’Ancona & Pflaum, 1971-1977
  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1972 (Order of the Coif)
  • A.B., Economics, cum laude, Washington University, 1969


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