James P. McParland



James (Jim) McParland, Ph.D. is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Jim counsels clients in intellectual property matters, where his practice focuses on patent preparation, both U.S. and foreign prosecution, due diligence, and litigation support. Jim has experience in the areas of small molecule chemistry, pharmaceuticals, polymers, batteries, and medical devices. He is a member of the Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice.


Jim earned his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 2012) where he was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Student Association. He also earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Kansas (Ph.D., 2009). He graduated, summa cum laude, with a degree in chemistry from Loyola University Chicago (B.S., 2003).

Prior to joining Foley as an associate, Jim served as a summer clerk in the Madison office where he assisted attorneys in the IP Department.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association and the American Chemical Society.

Jim is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Co-author, “Divalent and Multivalent Activation in Phosphate Triesters: A Versatile Method for the Synthesis of Advanced Polyol Synthons,” European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2009)
  • Co-author, “Total Synthesis,” Chemtracts (2008) 
  • Co-author, “Decarboxylative Coupling in 2006: Advances, Insights, and Applications,” Chemtracts (2007) 
  • Co-author, “Divalent Activation in Temporary Phosphate Tethers: Highly Selective Cuprate Displacement Reactions,” Organic Letters (2006)


Divided Infringement Between Doctor and Patient
01 October 2015
Foley Elects 23 New Partners
01 February 2023
ACC-WI CLE Program and Networking
15 September 2022
Milwaukee, WI
Foley's 13th Annual IP Conference
06 October 2017
Chicago, IL