Mr Paul Brinkman > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20004
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property


Paul focuses on Section 337 litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission. His work for plaintiffs has led to orders excluding competitors’ products from the United States and high-value settlements and license agreements, and he has a near-perfect track record of wins following trial on the defensive side. Paul also works with Customs and Border Protection.


Previously leader of the Section 337 practice at Quinn Emanuel, founder of the Washington office; partner at Alson & Bird; law clerk to the Hon. James Turk (W.D. Va.).


UVA School of Law, J.D.; Cambridge University, M.Phil.; Yale University, B.A.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

(Leading lawyers)

Paul BrinkmanKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP impresses with a string of successful and historic representations in ITC investigations, such as obtaining the first ever temporary exclusion order, acting in the largest ITC investigation to date and securing multiple precedent-setting rules. Under the lead of key practitioners Gregory Arovas in New York and Paul Brinkman in Washington DC, the group continues to attract a varied high-profile caseload, including ITC investigations themselves, but also appeal proceedings and the enforcement of exclusion orders with US Customs and Border Protection, all in addition to the firm’s excellent track record in district court and PTAB litigation. Patent and trade secret litigator Ellisen Shelton Turner joined the firm from Irell & Manella LLP in October 2019. Sarah Piepmeier joined Perkins Coie LLP in September 2019.