As a partner in the Intellectual Property Department in the Chicago office, Dawn H. Dawson has worked on complex commercial cases involving patent, trade secret, antitrust, trademark, copyright and related matters. Prior to joining Kirkland & Ellis, Dawn was the Technology Transfer Administrator at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where she drafted and negotiated contracts for the protection and commercialization of intellectual property developed there. Dawn had previously worked in St. Jude's Immunology Department where she assisted in a project to develop a polyvalent vaccine to the HIV virus. Dawn authored the article, Supreme Court Reaffirms the Broad Scope of Patentable Subject Matter, which appeared in the Spring 2002 issue of the K&E intellectual property publication, Biotech Update.


Thought Leadership


Dawn H. Dawson, Note, The Final Frontier: Right of Publicity in Fictional Characters, U. ILL. L. REV. 685 (2001)

Hurwitz, J.L., Soike, K.F., Sangster, M.Y., Portner, A., Sealy, R.E., Dawson, D.H., and Coleclough, C.: Intranasal Sendai Virus Vaccine Protects African Green Monkeys From Infection with Human Parainfluenza Virus-Type One. Vaccine 1997;15:533-540

Rencher, S.D., Slobod, K., Dawson, D.H., Lockey, T.D., and Hurwitz, J.L.: Does the Key to a Successful HIV Type 1 Vaccine Lie Among the Envelope Sequences of Infected Individuals? AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 1995;9:1131-1133


Recognized by Best Lawyers, Spring 2017 Business Edition, “Women In The Law” for IT Outsourcing Law


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2001Illinois


  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.summa cum laude2001

    Order of the Coif

    Associate Editor, University of Illinois Law Review

    Articles Editor, University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Public Policy

  • University of MemphisB.S., Biologysumma cum laude1994

    Biology Faculty Award

    Undergraduate Research Scholar, Undergraduate Research Fellowship sponsored by Merck, Best Student Paper Award, Tennessee Academy of Sciences, 1993