Ms Kristin Achterhof > Katten > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

CHICAGO, IL 60661-3693
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property


Kristin Achterhof is the national co-chair of Katten’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice, as well as the national co-chair of the firm’s Advertising, Marketing and Promotions practice. She also serves as Katten’s national hiring partner. Kristin has represented some of the world’s most recognizable companies and is often the first phone call that leading technology, manufacturing, consumer goods, entertainment and fashion-industry clients make on difficult trademark, copyright and other intellectual property issues. As a first-chair trial attorney, she handles intellectual property and all manner of complex business disputes in court. As an adviser on transactions, she maximizes her clients’ rights and revenues. Both in and out of the courtroom, she is an advocate and adviser, with an eye to helping clients optimize and protect their tangible and intangible property rights and assets.

Household names in the technology and entertainment sectors and famous brands in all areas of consumer products and services rely on Kristin as an advocate and trusted advisor on IP, general advertising and competition issues. She has counseled multinational clients in multiple high-profile disputes involving novel ecommerce issues. She also gives strategic advice to clients on exploiting their copyrights and trademarks over social media, and on how to best protect their IP rights in software and emerging technologies.

Kristin acts as a first-chair trial attorney in disputes in federal court, state court and before the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition to her extensive litigation experience, she represents clients in IP-related transactions that range from licenses to distribution agreements to vendor contracts.

For many clients, Kristin is something more than an experienced first chair litigator. For them, she is a strategic counselor and partner, who takes the time to truly understand their business and what matters most when their brands are under attack, their IP is being exploited or when they simply need an effective advocate in their corner. Clients also benefit from her extensive knowledge and experience as a counselor and advocate in disputes involving their advertising, marketing and promotions practices. All of her abilities combine to make her a trusted advisor, a passionate and practical advocate, and, for her clients, the first phone call.

Kristin is a frequent speaker and panel member for business, legal practice and educational groups across the country, and she is frequently quoted in national and international publications. She also is a skilled mediator and a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, sponsored jointly by the International Trademark Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.


JD, Northwestern University School of Law, with honors, 1991 BA, Macalester College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1988

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation

Katten capitalizes on its national and international reach to represent global brands in high-stakes trademark litigation at the state and federal levels. The IP team is led by five experienced partners. In New York, global chair Deepro R. Mukerjee brings expertise to the pharmaceutical sector and Karen Artz Ash specializes in fashion disputes. In Chicago, Kristin Achterhof advises the likes of Lenovo and Motorola on global enforcement and firm IP department founder Floyd Mandell offers deep experience in representing household names. Veteran litigator Terence Ross manages high-value internet and e-commerce disputes at the Washington DC office.