Sean McEldowney is a partner in Kirkland’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Sean has litigated patent, trade secret, breach of contract, and other intellectual property cases in federal district courts around the country, the International Trade Commission, and in state courts. He has been trial counsel in more than 10 patent and trade secret cases, and he has also represented clients in appeals at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to his trial experience, Sean also prides himself on developing litigation strategies that drive favorable settlements or summary judgments. He has represented clients in litigation matters involving a variety of technologies including chemical technology, semiconductor technology, medical equipment, various software and hardware applications, and industrial technologies. Sean was selected as a “Rising Star” in Washington, D.C., by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2014–2016.


Thought Leadership


Sean M. McEldowney, Comment, New Insights on the "Death" of Obviousness: An Empirical Study of District Court Obviousness Opinions, 2006 Stan. Tech. L. R. 4.

Sean M. McEldowney, Comment, The "Essential Relationship" Spectrum: A Framework for Addressing Choice of Procedural Law in the Federal Circuit, 153 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1639 (2005).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • California
  • District of Columbia


  • United States District Court for the Central District of California2010
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California2009
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit2009


  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2005

    Dolores K. Sloviter Prize

    Executive Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

    Arthur Littleton and H. Clayton Louderback Legal Writing Instructor, 2004–2005

  • Washington State UniversityB.S., Chemical Engineering2000