Kourtney Baltzer is an intellectual property litigation partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis. Her practice involves a range of technologies including biotechnology, thermal heat sinking of electronics, data processing systems, and GPS technology. Kourtney has experience in all aspects of patent litigation including analyzing infringement and validity positions in pre-filing investigations, drafting various briefs and motions, including claim construction and summary judgment briefs, working with expert witnesses, taking and defending fact and expert depositions, arguing motions in court, and examining witnesses at trial. Kourtney also has experience assisting clients in drafting and negotiating settlement and licensing agreements.


Thought Leadership


Kourtney Baltzer, Note, A Clearinghouse: The Solution for Clearing Up Confusion in Gene Patent Licensing, 24 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 519 (2011)

"Patent Defenses," acknowledged contributor, Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, BNA Books, Third Edition

Memberships & Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois Legal Aid Online Young Professionals Board

Harvard Law Society of Illinois Board of Directors


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012, Illinois
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2012

    Student Fellow with The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

    Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology

  • Northwestern UniversityM.S., Biomedical Engineering2009
  • Northwestern UniversityB.S., Biomedical Engineeringmagna cum laude2009

    Member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society

    McCormick School of Engineering Student Advisory Board