James Speta is of counsel at Eimer Stahl LLP.  He is a Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, where he has been on the faculty since 1999.  Professor Speta writes in telecommunications and Internet law, at the intersection of antitrust, intellectual property, first amendment, and sector-specific regulation.  His articles have appeared in numerous law reviews, including the Antitrust Law Journal.  He teaches antitrust, intellectual property, administrative law, business associations, torts, and telecommunications and Internet policy, and has won numerous teaching awards.  In addition to teaching in the Law School, Professor Speta has taught classes at the Kellogg Business School and the McCormick School of Engineering, and he is faculty director of Northwestern’s Executive LLM program in Seoul, South Korea.  Professor Speta specializes in complex commercial litigation and appellate matters.  He has argued several cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the Illinois Appellate Court and has filed merits and amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and several state appellate courts.  Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, he practiced for five years in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, focusing on telecommunications, antitrust, and appellate litigation.


Speaking Engagements

  • What In-House Lawyers Need to Know About the Federal Trade Commission's Current Initiatives, Ranging From a Non-Compete Ban to Merger Enforcement Practices
    Chicago, IL, May 19, 2023
  • Big Tech & Beyond: Antitrust in the Biden Era
    June 10, 2021
  • Antitrust Red Flags, Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, and Enforcing Arbitration Clauses
    May 11, 2016
  • Class Action Litigation: Current Topics in Class Action Certification, Management, and Settlement
    Seoul, South Korea, 01.06.2015
  • Class Action Settlements: Recent Trends and Key Considerations for Obtaining Approval and Avoiding Objections
    Seoul, South Korea, July 10, 2024
  • Antitrust: Territorial Restrictions
    Seoul, South Korea, 07.09.2014
  • Recent Developments in Discovery
    Seoul, South Korea, 07.10.2013
  • Class Action Supreme Court Update
    Seoul, South Korea, 07.10.2013

J.D., The University of Michigan, 1991

  • magna cum laude
  • Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Law Review

B.A., The University of Michigan, 1988

  • With Highest Distinction in Economics

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
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