Stephen C. DeSalvo is an intellectual property associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice focuses on patent and trade secret litigation involving a wide variety of technologies. Prior to joining Kirkland, Stephen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kent A. Jordan at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to the Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger, III at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Thought Leadership


Comment, "Invalidating Issue Preclusion: Rethinking Preclusion in the Patent Context," 165 U. Pa. L. Rev. 707, 2017

Co-Author, "Signaling Factor Interactions with Polysaccharide Aggregates of Bacterial Biofilms," 31 Langmuir 1958, 2015

Co-Author, "Probing Mechanisms of Bacterial Infection Through Molecular Dynamics Simulations," 39 Ann. Ne. Bioengineering Conf. 41, 2013


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2020District of Columbia
  • 2018New York


  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D.summa cum laude2017

    Managing Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

    Peter McCall Prize

    Herbert F. Schwartz Award

    Littleton Fellow Legal Writing Instructor, 2016–2017

    National Champion, Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, Intellectual Property, 2017

  • Syracuse UniversityB.S., Chemical Engineeringsumma cum laude2014

    Renee Crown University Honors Program

    L.A. Hotze Outstanding Achievement Award, Chemical Engineering, 2014

    George M. Berry Award, Best All-Around Engineering, 2014

    Best Honors Capstone in Science and Engineering, 2014

    Class Marshall, L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, 2014

    AIChE Donald F. Othmer Award, Sophomore Academic Excellence, 2012

    Department of Chemistry Award, 2011