Overview

Bill Burgess is a partner in Kirkland's Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on appellate litigation across a broad range of subject matter, with particular emphasis on intellectual property and administrative matters. He has joined trial teams to brief dispositive motions and prepare for appeals, and has argued appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, D.C., and Federal Circuits. Before joining Kirkland, Bill was a law clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Judge William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Thought Leadership

Publications 

Dismissing Bankruptcy-Debtor Plaintiffs' Cases on Judicial Estoppel Grounds, 62 Federal Lawyer 54 (May 2015)

How Fed. Circ. Should Address Plague of Over-Redactions, Law360.com (Dec. 11, 2014)

The Proper Remedy for a Lack of Batson Findings: The Fallout from Snyder v. Louisiana, 101 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1 (2011) (with Douglas G. Smith)

Stop the Beach Renourishment: A Win for the State, But a Step Forward for Constitutional Protection of Property Rights, ABA Constitutional Law Committee Newsletter (Sept. 2010) (with Douglas G. Smith)

Contributing Author, ABA Committee on Business & Corporate Litigation, Annual Review of Developments in Business & Corporate Litigation (2010-2012 eds.)

Comment, Simplicity at the Cost of Clarity: Appellate Review of Claim Construction and the Failed Promise of Cybor, 153 U. Pa. L. Rev. 763 (2004)

Recognition

Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (Appellate Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation, Washington DC), 2014–2017

District of Columbia Courts, 2013 Pro Bono High Honor Roll

Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award, 2009–2017

Federal Circuit Bar Association, Annual Pro Bono Excellence Award, 2010

Memberships & Affiliations

Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court

Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court

Federal Circuit Bar Association (Rules Committee Co-Chair, 2015–present)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2007, District of Columbia
  • 2006, New York
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Languages

  • English
  • French

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2005

    Order of the Coif

    David Werner Amram Prize (best paper in civil procedure or related field)

    Executive Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

    National Symposium Editorial Board, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

    Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition (Intellectual Property)

    Philip C. Jessup Memorial Moot Court Competition (Public International Law)

  • Dartmouth CollegeB.E., Electrical Engineering2002
  • Dartmouth CollegeB.A., Engineering Sciences & French2001