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.

As a member of litigation teams representing clients in federal district courts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the United States International Trade Commission, Adam has experience litigating high-stakes, bet-the-company patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation matters involving a wide variety of technologies, including semiconductor LEDs, wireless payment systems, self-driving vehicles, surgically implanted devices, BPA-free polymer coatings, UVC disinfection systems, and pharmaceuticals, as well as complex multi-district class action litigation defense. Adam has experience representing both patent owners and accused infringers.

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 was selected to the list of 2022 Illinois Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine. 

Received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for earning the highest class grade in 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