Todd is ‘devastatingly effective, demonstrate[s] exceptional presence of mind when the pressure is dialed up to 10’ and ‘is known for his leadership and advocacy skill.’” - IAM Patent 1000, 2022

Todd Friedman is a senior litigation partner in Kirkland’s New York office, with a primary focus on intellectual property matters. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having litigated dozens of high-stakes cases in district courts across the country, the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent and Trademark Office. Todd represents clients in a wide range of technology fields, including semiconductors, computer software and hardware, telecommunications, and medical devices. Todd has tried many cases to verdict, and his clients have included some of the nation’s largest companies, such as Intel, Samsung, IBM, Dell, and Lenovo, among others.

Todd has been nationally recognized by numerous publications, including The Legal 500 U.S., Law360, IAM Patent 1000, and Chambers USA. The Legal 500 U.S. has consistently recognized Todd as a key lawyer on the Firm’s Tier 1 Patent Litigation team and in the Firm’s International Trade Commission patent practice, and noted that he is an “excellent strategist,” “responsive, organized and an effective oral advocate.”

In addition to his trial work, Todd has served as lead counsel in many inter partes reviews before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He also has extensive experience conducting infringement assessments, coordinating clients’ efforts in multinational patent disputes, and helping companies manage their patent portfolios through active licensing programs.


Thought Leadership


Panelist: “How to Extract Value from an IP Portfolio,” American Bar Association’s 24th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference

Panelist: “Intellectual Property and Value Creation,” 24th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies

Presenter: “Trends and Developments in Global FRAND Litigation,” Feb. 2019 Continuing Legal Education Presentation

Presenter: “Defending Against Willful Infringement Post-Halo,” Feb. 2017 Continuing Legal Education Presentation


Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Patent Litigation: Full Coverage

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Patent Litigation: International Trade Commission

Recognized in IAM Patent 1000

Recognized in Chambers USA: Nationwide Intellectual Property

Memberships & Affiliations

New York Intellectual Property Law Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

American Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999, New York
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Albany Law SchoolJ.D.with Honors1998

    Graduated Top 10%

    Matthew Bender Award

    Executive Editor, Albany Law Review, 1997–1998

  • State University of New York, Maritime CollegeB.E., Electrical Engineeringwith Honors1994