Jay Nuttall is the co-chair of Steptoe's Intellectual Property group and a nationally recognized patent litigator that companies depend on "when the stakes are high." Clients attribute Jay's success to his quick thinking, effective cross-examination skills, and ability to articulate complex legal and technical issues. His substantial trial experience spans a range of technologies, including telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronic systems and methods, software, lighting, and chemical processes. Jay has successfully served as lead counsel on patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, and other technology related matters. Some of his significant victories include trying a complex 11-patent case in which the client won on all issues and received attorneys' fees; obtaining a jury verdict of willful infringement and a $78 million judgment; and defeating a multi-patent infringement claim alleging more than $4 billion in accused sales.
Jay is nationally recognized as a leading IP trial attorney by Chambers (2015-2021), IAM Patent 1000 (2012-2021), IAM Strategy 300 (2019, 2021), American Lawyer, Midwest Trailblazers (2021), Crain's Chicago Business, "Notable Gen X Leaders in Law" (2019), Best Lawyers in America (2022) and Super Lawyers, Illinois (Top 100 Attorneys 2016-2021) where clients have noted that Jay is "fantastic," "a high-level strategic thinker," "excellent communicator," and obtains "superb results."
Prior to law school, Jay received his B.S.I.E from the University of Illinois and worked for Baxter, an international health care supply company, where his responsibilities included the design, manufacture, and testing of medical drug delivery devices.
Jay is an active participant in the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar’s pro bono program, provides pro bono service to several local non-profit organizations and has served as a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of DuPage County.