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

John O’Quinn’s practice focuses on litigation, including intellectual property disputes, commercial litigation, regulatory matters, and other complex litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. He has argued over seventy appeals in courts throughout the country, including more than forty in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. For each of the past five years he has been named in the IAM Patent 1000, particularly for his work in the Federal Circuit. His work has also been recognized in the National Law Journal, the Legal 500, the Financial Times, and in Law360, where he was named a “Rising Star” in appellate litigation. John has been to trial multiple times, where he has examined expert and fact witnesses. Representative clients include Abbott, Charter Communications, Cisco Systems, C.R. Bard, IBM, Motorola, POET LLC, and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2001 magna cum laude, Fay Diploma (graduated first in class), Sears Prize (awarded to the two students with highest GPA in second year), Editor-In-Chief, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S., Chemical Engineering Practice, 1998, National Science Foundation Fellowship; University of Oxford, UK, M.Sc., Environmental Change and Management, 1997 with Distinction, Fulbright Scholar; North Carolina State University, B.S., Chemical Engineering; B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies, 1996 summa cum laude, Valedictorian, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Student Body President, 1995-1996.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses one of the country’s most admired appellate law practices, which is frequently involved in high-stakes cases before all Circuits. On the US Supreme Court front, the firm continues to secure a dominant volume of precedent-setting matters, notably arguing five cases during the 2020 term, which represented 10% of all cases heard that year. The firm also earns plaudits for its impressive success rate, which saw it win all five of its merits cases over the past year. Former Solicitor General Paul Clement stands out as one of the most seasoned litigators in the market and has argued over 100 cases before the US Supreme Court. Erin Murphy is also a sought-after appellate expert, with an impressive record in constitutional, statutory and administrative law cases. Clement and Murphy recently paired up to successfully represent the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association before SCOTUS in a dispute over whether Alaska Native Corporations are ‘Indian tribes’ under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, and thus eligible for funding available to Tribal governments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. George Hicks is also a high-profile appellate litigator and acted alongside Clement to obtain a victory for Snyder’s-Lance in the Fourth Circuit in a long-running trademark dispute with Frito-Lay. The practice also benefits from the senior experience of John O’Quinn and New York-based Jay Lefkowitz. Among the premier group’s up-and-coming names, William Burgess stand out for his IP expertise, while Harker Rhodes recently represented Windstream Holdings in two appeals arising out of its bankruptcy proceedings, winning both appeals. All attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP houses a stellar bench of experienced trial lawyers, including the New York-based Gregory Arovas, Robert Appleby, Joseph Loy, and Todd Friedman; James Hurst, Amanda Hollis, and Bryan Hales in Chicago; Michael De Vries and Ellisen Turner in Los Angeles; Adam Alper in San Francisco; Gregg LoCascio and John O’Quinn in Washington DC; and Jeannie Heffernan in Austin. Operating across the country, the practice is a preferred choice for major industry clients for a wide gamut of patent disputes, litigating cases before district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, the PTAB, and the Supreme Court. The group has particular expertise in the semiconductor, telecommunications, technology, electronics and pharmaceutical industries.