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J. Thomas Vitt


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  • Duke University (J.D. with honors 1987; William Neal Reynolds Scholar); St. John's University (Minnesota) (B.A. in History summa cum laude 1984; National Merit Scholar)

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Seventh, Eighth, and Federal Circuits; and U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Tom Vitt has won multimillion dollar jury cases and favorably resolved many cases while serving as lead counsel in a variety of patent, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition cases in trial and appellate courts around the United States. He has represented clients in a range of industries, including medical devices, health care information technology, oil refining, fishing equipment, and manufacturing.

Among the many cases he handled prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Tom won a $4.5 million jury verdict for a plaintiff and defeated a $40 million counterclaim in a product disparagement and defamation case involving medical devices; won judgment, affirmed by the Federal Circuit, finding plaintiff's cardboard manufacturing patent invalid after a jury trial; won summary judgment invalidating plaintiff's patent on a process for manufacturing high-strength fishing line and also recovered attorneys' fees on the same plaintiff's claim of infringement of a polymeric fishing lure patent; and won summary judgment for the defendant in a trade dress lawsuit, securing defendant's right to continue selling its main dental implant product and again winning a substantial recovery of attorneys' fees.

Tom is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota Bar Association, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He is active in the community and currently serves on the boards of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Hennepin Theatre Trust and the finance committee of St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers USA (2017), where he is described as "talented" and providing an "excellent work product"

    Legal 500 (2017)

    Recognized as an "IP Star" in 2013 and 2015-2016 by Managing Intellectual Property Handbook

    Best Lawyers in America (2013-2018)

    Minnesota Super Lawyers (2003-2004, 2008-2016)

    Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow (2001-2002)
J. Thomas Vitt