Overview

Luke is a trial lawyer who focuses on resolving cases of unusual complexity, including commercial, antitrust, RICO and IP matters. For the past 25 years Luke has first-chaired over 20 trials. As lead counsel, he has won jury verdicts and judgments in venues throughout the country totaling well over $500 million and obtained defense verdicts in cases totaling demands of well over $1 billion. This has earned him recognition from clients (“fantastic in a courtroom”) and noted opponents (“Luke is one of the best trial lawyers I ever faced”) alike. Luke has much appellate experience as well, having orally argued numerous matters. Significantly, Luke has steered many cases to successful conclusions well short of trial, deploying problem-solving skills and litigation strategy to achieve business-friendly results.

Recognitions for Luke’s practice include

  • The National Law Journal: “The Magnificent Seven: Chicago Litigation Departments of the Year.” Profiles Luke’s back-to-back jury trial wins against “legendary patent litigator Ray Niro [who] said of Dauchot: ‘Luke is one of the best trial lawyers I ever faced.’”

  • Litigation Daily: Closing argument in patent case featured in article “To Nail Your Closing Argument, Follow This Kirkland Partner's Guide;” unsolicited commentary notes “it’s hard enough to make a riveting closing argument in, say, a murder trial, but to do it in a patent case takes a special kind of finesse.”

  • BTI 2015 Client Services All-Stars Report: One of only 25 intellectual property attorneys selected by a survey of corporate legal decision makers at companies with revenues north of $1 billion.

  • Intellectual Asset Management 2015 review of global legal talent: “Fantastic in the courtroom – he knows all the best questions to ask of witnesses and he’s an animated guy who is fun to listen to. Moreover, he can relate to laymen and break the most complex technical concepts down into digestible pieces.”

  • Law360: Among General Counsel’s “Favorite IP Counsel” “by having a deep awareness of the interplay between the complicated technical, legal and business issues facing IP clients;” patent litigation “MVP.”

  • IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2012–2019.

  • Who’s Who LegalPatents 2016 and 2018.

  • Benchmark Litigation: Recognized as a Local Litigation Star, 2012–2020.

  • U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers®

  • The American Lawyer: One of Kirkland’s lead IP trial lawyers.

  • The Daily Journal: Among California’s Top 75 IP Litigators.

  • “Southern California Super Lawyers,” 2009–2018

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Luke L. Dauchot – Q&A – Law360, July 2009

Luke L. Dauchot – “Markman Marks Ten Years: Where Do Things Stand?” American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, 21st Annual IPL Conference Course Materials, April 2006

Luke L. Dauchot – “The Doctrine of Equivalents: An Endangered Species?” American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, 21st Annual IPL Conference Course Materials, April 2006

Luke L. Dauchot, CAFC Year in Review, 2005 National CLE Conference, Intellectual Property, Snowmass, Colorado

Luke L. Dauchot and Jeffrey C. Metzcar, “Technical Advisors: Welcome Scientific Education, But at What Cost to a Patent’s Notice Function?” IP Litigator, March/April 2003

Luke L. Dauchot, “Patent Claim Construction: Understanding the Game Called the Claim,” IP Litigator, August 2001

Luke L. Dauchot, “Patent Claim Construction: Substantive and Procedural Update” 2001 National CLE Conference, Intellectual Property, Vail, Colorado

Luke L. Dauchot, “The CAFC’s De Novo Regime: Are We Better Off?” Vol. 2, No. 3, News Source, a publication of the Chicago John Marshall Law School Center for Intellectual Property Law, Summer 2000

Luke L. Dauchot, “State of Patent Construction: Substantive and Procedural Background,” American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law IPL Conference Course Materials, Summer 2000

Luke L. Dauchot and Karl M. Laskas, 1999 American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law 1999 Markman Survey, 18 A.B.A. SEC. Pub. I.P.L. 3, Spring 2000

Luke L. Dauchot, “The Federal Circuit’s De Novo Review of Patent Claim Construction: A Need for a More Balanced Approach,” 18 Am. Bar Ass’n Sec. Pub. I.P.L. 1, 4 (1999)

Seminars

“J4: IP Is Increasingly Pervasive in Society — How Does That Impact IP Licensing?” 2018 LESI Annual Conference, San Diego, California, May 2018

“New Developments: Key Patent Cases and their Impact on the Ground,” Federal Judicial Center and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Law Seminar for Judges, Alexandria, Virginia, April 2016

“Expert Witness Examinations: Tips and Tricks You Need to Know,” The Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Los Angeles, California, February 2016

“International Exhaustion: United States,” Licensing Executives Society, Königswinter, Germany, March 2014

“Follow the Money - Monetary Compensation in Intellectual Property Cases,” International Bar Association, Dublin, Ireland, October 2012

“The General Counsel’s Perspective: Insight for 2011 and Beyond,” 30th Anniversary Institute for Corporate Counsel, Los Angeles, California, December 2011

“But It’s Only A Drop in the Bucket!” The Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Los Angeles, California, November 2011

“Smooth Moon Walking: Nikkie Shoes v. MJ Footwear,” The Los Angeles Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Los Angeles, California, October 2009

“Emerging Trends in Patent Litigation,” Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Statewide Intellectual Property Spring Seminar Event, Lake Arrowhead, California, June 2009

“IP Litigation - Blessing or Curse? Practical Tips to Maximize Results and Minimize Exposure,” AmLaw 6th Annual General Counsel West Coast Conference, San Francisco, California, November 2008

“IP Litigation: Global Best Practices,” American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, ABA 2008 Annual Meeting, New York, New York, August 2008

“Extrinsic Evidence in a Post-Phillips World,” Patent Claim Construction 2007: The Advanced Legal Forum, Washington, D.C., March 2007

“Extrinsic Evidence in a Post-Phillips World,” Patent Claim Construction 2007: The Advanced Legal Forum, Palo Alto, California, January 2007

Markman Marks Ten Years: Where Do Things Stand?” American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, 21st Annual IPL Conference, Arlington, Virginia, April 2006

“The Doctrine of Equivalents: An Endangered Species?” - American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, 21st Annual IPL Conference, Arlington, Virginia, April 2006

“CAFC Year in Review,” 2005 National CLE Conference, Intellectual Property, Snowmass, Colorado, January 2005

“Claim Construction: Where are we and how did we get here?” Columbus Intellectual Property Law Association, January 2002

“Patent Claim Construction: Where are we and how did we get here?” Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, October 2001

“Patent Claim Construction: Substantive and Procedural Update,” 2001 National CLE Conference, Intellectual Property, Vail, Colorado, January 2001

“The State of Claim Construction: A Panel Presentation,” American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Summer Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2000

“The State of Patent Claim Construction,” Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, April 2000

Recognition

Society of Benchers

  • Honorary organization established “to give recognition to graduates from Case Western Reserve University School of Law who have distinguished themselves in their professions and their communities and have brought honor to the law school.”

Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Los Angeles, California, Immediate Past President, 2016–2019

  • Organization consisting of federal judges and lawyers dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy.

Member, President’s Visiting Committee, St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio

Teaching Positions

Adjunct Professor
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California

Guest Lecturer
Federal Judicial Center

Case Western Reserve University
School of Law

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004California
  • 1988Ohio
  • 1986Illinois

Languages

  • English
  • Dutch
  • French

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of LawJ.D.1986
  • Case Western Reserve UniversityB.A.magna cum laude1983
    Phi Beta Kappa