Kirkland & Ellis promotes 11 New IP Partners

By Press Releases
October 13, 2016

Kirkland & Ellis LLP recently announced the promotion of 81 attorneys to partner effective October 1, 2016. Ten of the new partners are in the intellectual property litigation practice and one lawyer is in the technology & IP transactions practice.

Chicago

adam-kaufmannAdam Kaufmann, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Chicago office, focuses his practice on patent litigation. He has represented clients in matters involving a variety of technology areas and industries, including RFID cards, SRAM design, cloud based computing technology, flash memory devices, operating system software, capacitors, pharmaceuticals, biological extracts, polymeric coatings, and deepwater drilling equipment. He also has experience in all phases of patent litigation, including claim construction, fact and expert discovery, summary judgment, and trial in federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. He holds a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

vishesh-narayenVishesh Narayen, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Chicago office, practices complex intellectual property litigation with a focus on patent litigation. His technical experience includes a background in electrical and computer engineering and computer science. He has represented clients in complex patent infringement litigation involving a variety of technologies. His most recent successes as trial counsel include securing a complete victory defending a client against multimillion dollar claims of trade secret misappropriation, and a complete defense judgment in a complex patent inventorship trial in the District of Delaware. He holds a law degree from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Los Angeles

ali-bolooriAli-Reza Boloori, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Los Angeles office, focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation and trials. He has worked on complex cases from initiation through appeal within a wide range of technological areas. His pro bonopractice includes serving as a Special City Prosecutor for the City of Redondo Beach. He holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, a Ph.D. in engineering sciences from Harvard University, and a B.S. in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

New York

alex-henriquesAlex Henriques, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office, focuses his practice on patent litigation and IP counseling. He has represented clients spanning a broad range of technologies and industries, including computer software and hardware, cellular telephony, medical devices, and orthopedic surgery. Prior to starting his legal career, he worked as a programmer for Sidhe Interactive. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

ryan-kaneRyan Kane, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office, focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation in federal courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has represented clients in a variety of industries including medical devices, computer software, wireless communications, lithium-ion batteries, and marine seismic technology. He has worked on issues in all phases of litigation, including pre-suit analysis and strategy, discovery and depositions, claim construction, summary judgment, trial, and post-trial. His past work also includes coordination between parallel district court litigation and USPTO inter partes review proceedings. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

james-mcconnellJames McConnell, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office, focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation in federal courts and the International Trade Commission. He has represented clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical and life science, computer hardware and software, smartphones, and wireless communications.  He holds a law degree from Cornell Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College with a double major in chemistry and mathematics.

joshua-simmonsJoshua Simmons, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office, focuses his practice on litigation, counseling, and regulatory and legislative policy regarding copyright, patent, and trademark matters.  He is a frequent speaker and has authored numerous articles on emerging trends in intellectual property.  Additionally, he chairs the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section’s Copyright Division and Copyright Law Reform Task Force, is the immediate past chair of its Copyright & Social Media committee, and is an appointed member of the IPO Software-Related Inventions Committee and the INTA Internet Committee.  He holds a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.

jeremy-wilsonJeremy Wilson, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office, concentrates his practice on patent litigation in the District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and before the USPTO in inter partes reviews.  Jeremy has litigated cases spanning a wide range of technologies including semiconductors, possessor modules, Power over Ethernet, medical devices, liquid crystal displays, search engines, cloud computing and file systems.  He holds a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, a doctorate from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College.

 

Palo Alto

eric-chengEric Cheng, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Palo Alto and San Francisco offices, focuses his practice on intellectual property disputes in federal district courts around the country as well as before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has experience representing clients in complex litigation matters regarding patent and copyright infringement, as well as trade secret misappropriation, with particular experience representing companies in patent litigation involving a wide range of technologies. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked in the high-technology industry, developing server clustering software and website applications. He holds a law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and Business Administration, from the University of California, Berkeley.

tom-connorsTom Connors, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Palo Alto office, focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology driven transactions as well as the intellectual property and technology aspects of corporate transactions. Additionally, he advises clients on operational issues relating to information security and data privacy. Prior to becoming an attorney, Tom spent five years as a software developer for a provider of drug discovery informatics products and services. After law school and prior to transitioning to a transactions practice, Tom focused his practice on intellectual property litigation for two years. He holds a law degree from the Washington University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

 

San Francisco

robert-kangRobert Kang, a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ San Francisco office, focuses his practice on patent litigation in front of district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His clients have included leading smartphone manufacturers, a university, a network security company, manufacturers of wireless systems-on-a-chip, a search and mobile software company and a semiconductor company. Robert holds a law degree from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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