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One of the unique aspects of my practice is advising on the intellectual property issues that arise at the intersection of bankruptcy law, antitrust law, and legal malpractice litigation. The unique combination of my partner Bob Chapman’s legal malpractice experience and my intellectual property practice has positioned our firm as the “go-to firm” for legal malpractice actions that arise out of mishandled intellectual property litigation and transactions.

  • We were retained as successor counsel to litigate plaintiff’s legal malpractice claim against one of the most successful IP firms in the country. The malpractice case arose out of an allegedly mishandled patent infringement trial where a $12 million verdict was knocked down to $2 million.  After dissecting the trial testimony and closing arguments, we developed a theory of trial negligence and damages (in excess of $12 million) that catapulted the plaintiff over various pleading motions and put the case on target for trial by jury. The case settled shortly thereafter for a confidential amount.
  • A family-owned technology business hired our team six months prior to trial of its legal malpractice claim in a Madison, Wisconsin state court. The claim arose out of the defendant patent law firm’s failure to pay timely the required fees to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in order to maintain the enforceability of the technology business’ key patents. We vigorously prepared the case for trial and after one day of testimony, the case settled for a confidential amount.
  • The world’s largest manufacturer of projection screens hired our team to bring a legal malpractice action against a large Indiana law firm arising out of an allegedly mishandled cease and desist letter that resulted in an expensive patent infringement litigation. We filed the case in Indiana federal court, and the dispute was amicably resolved before the parties served their initial discovery requests.
  • A Fortune 100 tool manufacturer hired me to advise on the interplay of various patent infringement, patent licensing, and antitrust issues in order to avoid impending litigation.
  • ISBA Mutual recently retained me as an expert witness for the defense in a legal malpractice claim brought against a Chicago firm who allegedly mishandled the prosecution of a copyright infringement action against Northwestern University concerning the construction of the Ford Engineering Design Center.