Adam Janes is an associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Adam practices intellectual property litigation with a focus on patent infringement litigation.

Adam represents clients on high-stakes, bet-the-company patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition matters in federal district courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the United States International Trade Commission. Adam also counsels clients on IP acquisition, risk, and monetization strategy.

Adam’s pro bono practice has included work on litigation teams representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and has included a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Adam serves on Kirkland’s Chicago Associates Committee.

Adam serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Law Related Education Committee as a member of the High School Mock Trial Subcommittee.

Adam serves as a committee member on the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC).



Adam was selected to the list of Illinois Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine (2023, 2022).

In law school, Adam received CALI Awards for earning the highest class grade in each of the following subjects: Patent Law, Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, Legal Research, Mergers & Acquisitions, Criminal Law, Real Estate Finance, Remedies, and Privacy and Security Law.

Jan Jancin Award Nominee

Charles A. & Dianne Blixt Award Recipient

E. Kerker Law Award Recipient


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018Illinois


  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.summa cum laude2018

    Graduated 3rd in class

    Order of the Coif

    Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement

    Full-Tuition Merit Scholarship

  • Lehigh UniversityB.S., Integrated Degree in Engineering and the Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) (Mechanical Engineering & Legal Studies Concentrations)with High Honors2014

    Phi Eta Sigma Honors

    Dean’s Merit Scholarship