& Clerk of Court
James AmendChief Circuit Mediator
Wendy DeanCircuit Mediation Officer
Annette YoungCircuit Mediation Administrator
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Washington D.C. 20439
James F. McKeown
Jim was a senior partner in the Intellectual Property Group in the D.C. office of Crowell & Moring LLP until his retirement at the end of 2010 and served on that firm’s Professional Responsibility Committee. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring in 2001, he had been a founding partner of Evenson, McKeown, Edwards & Lenahan which specialized in intellectual property law.
He received his undergraduate degree from the City College of New York in 1965, a J.D. degree in 1970 from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law where he served as an Associate Editor on its Law Review, and an LLM degree in Patent and Trade Regulation Law in 1974 from the George Washington University School of Law. His master’s thesis was subsequently published as the lead article in volume 24 of The Catholic University Law Review under the title “The FTC v. Xerox Litigation: Implications for the United States Patent System.” He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is a registered patent attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Prior to beginning his practice in the IP law field as a patent examiner, he was a member of the Johnson & Johnson Management Training Program in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During his legal career, he had been involved in patent, trademark and copyright litigation in district courts throughout the country as well as in the International Trade Commission. His practice also involved administrative proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, patent prosecution and counseling. More recently, he has also been consulted and retained as an expert witness in connection with professional liability issues involving practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Upon formation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, he served as a member of that committee and subsequently was appointed its Co-Chair. During that time, he contributed a chapter entitled “Characteristics of Neutrals and Advocates” to the Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Guide, and organized and participated in mediation training programs in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
From 1999 to 2002, he served as a member of the D.C. Bar Attorney-Client Arbitration Board and has arbitrated fee disputes since almost the inception of the program. In 2008, the D.C. Bar presented him with its Distinguished Service Award for 20 years of service as an arbitrator. He is currently also serving as a mediator for intellectual property matters in the Dispute Resolution Program for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
In 2000-2001, he served as President of The Bar Association of the District of Columbia and had previously served as its Treasurer and Chair of its Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section. He has served on the Board of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and was Co-Chair and then sole Chair of that association’s Amicus Committee.
In recent years, he has been actively involved in pro bono activities such as Catholic Charities’ Archdiocesan Legal Network, the D.C. Superior Court’s Family Court Self-Help Center, Landlord-Tenant Resource Center, the American Constitution Society’s Constitution in the Classroom program, veterans appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and in serving as a judge for moot court competitions sponsored by the American Bar Association and local law schools. In 2007, Crowell & Moring honored him with its Pro Bono Award for his work at the Family Court Self-Help Center and for the Legal Aid Society’s Medicare Part D clinics for assisting low-income senior citizens. In 2009, The John Carroll Society presented him with one of its Pro Bono Awards for his work with the Archdiocesan Legal Network which still continues.
He is currently serving as the Chair of the Federal Circuit Historical Society’s lecture series committee which schedules speakers for programs held each Spring and Fall at the Dolley Madison House in the Howard T. Markey National Court Building complex. He is also a member of the Supreme Court Historical Society. Most recently, he has volunteered to participate in the oral history project of the Historical Society of the D.C. Circuit.