Abby Litow is an intellectual property litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. While much of her practice is focused on patent infringement litigation, she also has experience litigating cases and advising on other subject matters, including trade secrets, antitrust, pharmaceutical regulation, and breach of contract. She has represented clients in litigation and advisory matters involving a variety of technologies and products including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, HVAC controls and accessories, semiconductors, consumer products, and mechanical designs.


Thought Leadership


Abigail Lauer, Comment, The Disparate Effects of Gene Patents on Different Categories of Scientific Research, 25 Harv. J.L. & Tech. 179 (2011)

Abby Lauer, The Legality of Pay-for-Delay Agreements in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Striking a Balance Between Promoting Innovation and Protecting Consumers, Food and Drug Law Institute Update Magazine (July/August 2010)


National Winner, Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2011

Student Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, 2010–11


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012, Virginia
  • 2013, District of Columbia
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


  • English
  • French


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2012
    Article Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology
  • College of William & MaryB.S., Biologysumma cum laude2009
    Varsity Soccer