James Nault focuses his practice on complex litigation, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, commercial disputes, breach of contract, and trade secret licensing disputes. Mr. Nault is a member of the firm’s Litigation section, the Business Litigation Practice Group, the Intellectual Property Litigation Group, and the Appellate Advocacy Group.
Mr. Nault is a registered patent attorney and a registered professional engineer who routinely makes presentations to the Connecticut legal community to share his knowledge about patent issues.
He handles a variety of intellectual property litigation, including lawsuits related to patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement.
Mr. Nault has represented diverse clients across the country. He has achieved multiple favorable settlements on behalf of clients, including for a health care insurer involved in a federal patent infringement action, among others.
Mr. Nault regularly monitors and reports on changing areas of intellectual property law, especially patent cases at the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Nault has assisted in drafting briefs to the various federal courts of appeals, the Connecticut Supreme Court, and has drafted a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Nault worked as a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at a firm in New York.
Mr. Nault has extensive experience handling appellate matters in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Nault assisted in winning a significant decision before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal of a complaint against the state of Connecticut and his clients, alternative energy providers who had been awarded an energy generation contract.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Nault clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Nault frequently litigates commercial disputes. He handles a range of business related litigation matters, such as claims of breach of contract, business torts, and allegations of unfair trade practices.
Mr. Nault successfully represented a client who owned a large commercial fitness training center and leased space for it in Bloomfield. After a bench trial, the court ruled that Mr. Nault’s client did not have to pay back rent, and the landlord owed money to compensate his client for water-damaged gym equipment.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
Mr. Nault regularly does pro bono work. He was appointed by a judge in United States District Court in Connecticut to represent an indigent inmate in the Connecticut state prison system. The case was a civil rights complaint which alleged excessive force on the part of corrections officers. For his representation in the case, Mr. Nault received commendation letters from two federal judges, won the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award for 2016, and was runner-up Pro Bono Service Award Winner for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut for 2016.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Nault had a career in the United States Navy's submarine force, culminating in his tour of duty as commanding officer of USS Toledo (SSN-769), a 688-class attack submarine based in Groton, Connecticut. He retired as a Navy captain in 2008.