Gianni Cutri is a partner focusing on high-tech IP and commercial litigation, post-grant review proceedings and data protection and privacy matters. Gianni has litigated significant actions in state and federal courts around the country, including major patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of California, the Western District of Wisconsin the District of Colorado, the District of New Jersey and the Federal Circuit. Gianni’s practice covers the full range of specialized IP courts as well, from the International Trade Commission, where has represented Complainants and Respondents in multiple Section 337 investigations, to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, where he has served as lead counsel in more than 17 post-grant review proceedings.

Gianni has significant experience representing industry-leading clients, such as Intel, Cisco, Motorola, Yahoo!, Sharp, NETGEAR and Murata in high-stakes litigation involving semiconductor, telecommunications, and computer hardware. Gianni has also successfully represented some of the world’s leading consumer and retail companies, including McDonald’s, Home Depot, FedEx, Delta Airlines, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, UPS, The Buckle and Lucky Brand Jeans, in defensive patent litigation. He has represented clients in a diverse array of technologies, including 3-D imaging, healthcare billing and IT systems, electronic stability controls, flat-screen LCD monitors, radio frequency identification (RFID), MP3 encoding and accelerometers and gyroscopes.

Building on his familiarity with complex technological issues in litigation, Gianni is also part of Kirkland’s practice group on data security and privacy matters. He regularly advises clients on significant security breaches, such as theft of trade secrets and source code, intrusions by suspected state actors, extrusion of employee financial and tax data.  In these matters, Gianni has led the incident response teams responsible for internal investigations, crisis management, public disclosures and litigation strategies. The practice group has represented numerous companies that have experienced significant security breaches. Clients have included retailers, health care providers, media companies, transportation companies and business service providers.

Gianni holds a J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.



Recognized in The Legal 500 United States for Patent Litigation: International Trade Commission (2016), Patent Litigation: Full Coverage (2020), and Trade Secrets: Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters (2021–2024)

Named one of Managing Intellectual Property magazine's "IP Stars," 2014–2022

Recommended in Litigation in IAM Patent 1000, 2015–2018

Selected as a “Rising Star” Illinois Super Lawyers, 2010

Profiled in Chicago Lawyer, 2008


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2000Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Federal Claims


  • Italian


  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.2000

    Order of the Coif

    Associate Editor, University of Illinois Law Review

    Articles Editor, University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignB.S., Mechanical Engineering1997

    James Scholar