Kenneth Adamo

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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North LaSalle Drive 300
Chicago 60654 IL US

Kenneth R. Adamo is a partner in the Intellectual Property group in Kirkland’s Chicago and New York offices. Ken has extensive trial experience as lead counsel in jury and nonjury cases before state and federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission, as well as ex parte and post-grant PTAB experience in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

He has had substantial experience as lead counsel in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and actively practices before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having appeared in over 40 appeals to date.

Who’s Who Legal Patents 2014, 2015, and 2016, named him as one of its Most Highly Regarded Individuals, saying that “the ‘phenomenal’ Kenneth Adamo. is widely acknowledged as a ‘frontrunner’ of US patent litigation. He regularly appears as lead counsel before state and federal courts and before the International Trade Commission, and recently acted in high profile infringement cases for clients including IBM, Samsung . . .”

IP Stars Illinois 2017 noted that a peer said that Ken is “a very strong patent litigator and very good in the courtroom,” adding that “even though he has a New York lawyer personality, he does well in the East Texas courtroom,” and, further, that he is “very strategic in how he approaches cases and has a good understanding of the technology so it’s easy for him to simplify.”

Recent major representations in intellectual property litigation as lead counsel include U.S. federal court and ITC cases for Citicorp, CQG, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, MediaTek, Procter & Gamble, Otter Products, Samsung, TEL, Texas Instruments, TSMC, and Xilinx.

Education :

  • 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

Admission :

  • 1975, Illinois
  • 1976, New York
  • 1988, Texas
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


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