Mr Kenneth Adamo > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States
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Work Department

Intellectual Property


IP law, including patent, unfair competition and trade secrets. Extensive lead trial counsel experience in jury and non-jury matters before state and federal courts and USITC, as well as ex parte and inter partes experience (including IPR and CBMR trials) in USPTO and with non-US patent and trademark authorities. Has substantial appellate experience before the Federal Circuit, as well as arbitration and ADR experience. Frequent lecturer and author on trial, appellate and litigation issues, skills, and training topics.


Admitted to Bars of Illinois, New York, Ohio and Texas; USPTO Reg No 27 299. Frequent lecturer and author on trial, appellate and litigation issues, skills, and training topics.




The John Marshall Law School, LL.M., 1989; Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1975; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S.Ch.E., 1972.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is praised by clients for its ‘exceptional combination of legal, business and technical understanding‘. ‘Indisputably one of the nation’s largest and most qualified teams‘, the ‘very well-coordinated‘ group ‘tends to dig deeper than most firms‘; it has a broad sectorial spread and proven expertise in all the major US patent litigation venues, including the PTAB. Marcus Sernel in Chicago and New-York based practice head Gregory Arovas successfully defended Apex Tool Group against a patent infringement suit brought by LoggerHead Tools regarding a patent covering a wrench. New York’s Jeanne Heffernan defeated Sycamore IP Holdings in infringement litigation it had brought forward against AT&T Services over a coding scheme patent, sparing the client $200m in damages. In Chicago, Kenneth Adamo is ‘one of the nation’s top legal minds‘ and Russell Levine is ‘an exceptional litigator‘. San Francisco’s Sarah Piepmeier is ‘a great lead counsel‘. Adam Alper, also in San Francisco, and Los Angeles colleague Michael De Vries ‘are thorough and focused on ensuring decisions are made that support the long-term view of a case‘. IP practice head Gregg LoCascio in Washington DC, Amanda Hollis in Chicago and Leora Ben-Ami in New York are also recommended. Abbott Laboratories, Cisco and Samsung Electronics also feature on the client roster.