Adam Alper is a member of Kirkland & Ellis' intellectual property litigation group in Kirkland's San Francisco office, with a primary focus on patent disputes. In particular, Adam has significant experience representing clients in high-stakes patent litigation involving major entities in the semiconductor, telecommunications, computer hardware and pharmaceutical industries. Adam also has significant experience with trade secret disputes in high-tech industries. He has also litigated copyright issues, primarily for architectural clients.

Most recently, Adam has been listed in the 2020 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals for Litigation. The Daily Journal recognized Adam and his team in The 2019 CLAY Awards: Intellectual Property for their successful representation of Cisco in its long-running IP battle: Cisco Systems Inc. v. Arista Networks Inc. The Daily Journal also named Adam to its 2019 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers.” Adam was recognized in the The Recorder’s Litigation Department of the Year Awards as a “Ground Breaker” for his work on a matter that concluded with a nationally-reported trial victory. Adam was also recognized in The National Law Journal’s 2015 IP Hot List for his key role in a precedent-setting patent litigation case involving claims on Wi-Fi technology. Adam was named one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in 2009–2012 and 2015–2020 in the area of Intellectual Property by Chambers & Partners, which commented that he is “a terrific trial attorney on his feet who stands out for his dedication and commitment to cases.” He has also been named one of the Daily Journal’s Top 75 IP Litigators in California in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and has been recognized in the The Legal 500 United States for his patent litigation work.

Adam has litigated numerous telecommunications technologies and standards including Internet protocols, wireless protocols (e.g., (802.11 (Wi-Fi), cellular, 802.16 (WiMAX), Bluetooth), VoIP protocols and data over cable protocols. Adam has also litigated issues involving the design, manufacture and testing of semiconductor processors, memories and FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). He has also litigated issues relating to computer hardware and software architecture, including CAD hardware and software and the design and manufacture of liquid crystal displays. Adam has also litigated issues relating to circuit-switched computer networks (at the chip, board and system levels), and online billing technologies. His experience in biotechnical fields has involved recombinant DNA, cardiological devices and testing equipment, and pharmaceutical development, testing and manufacture. He has also litigated mechanical and consumer devices, including spill-proof cups and feminine hygiene products.

Adam has substantial experience litigating standardized technologies, including in several recent nationally-reported trials. Each of these matters involved numerous parties and complicated technical and damages issues. Of note, Adam represented numerous major Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers and their customers in In re Innovatio IP Ventures LLC Patent Litigation, which, after two trials, resulted in significant court orders setting guidelines and methodologies for determining patent essentiality and RAND royalty rates.

Adam has tried numerous patent cases to verdict. Adam's representative clients include Cisco Systems, Intel, Motorola Solutions, and Yahoo!, among others.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1998California


  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (pro hac vice)


  • The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of LawJ.D.summa cum laude1998

    Order of the Coif

    Managing Editor, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law

  • Stanford UniversityB.A., Economics1994