John Polansky is an associate in the Austin office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. John focuses on complex patent litigation and has experience across a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor manufacturing, wireless communication, virtual networking and artificial intelligence. He previously served as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Sharon Prost on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Judge Beth Labson Freeman on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
John also holds a Doctorate in Astronautical Engineering and prior to law school worked as a professor and engineer in satellite and ion thruster technology. John’s engineering background allows him to work closely with technical experts and clients’ technology to develop creative legal solutions.
John additionally has experience across a broad array of non-patent matters, including copyright litigation, employment litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, defamation actions and privacy law. He is experienced in all phases of litigation, including trial and arbitration proceedings.
Admissions & Qualifications
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- Stanford Law SchoolJ.D.2018
Member Editor, Stanford Technology Law Review
Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Non-Practicing Entity Litigation
- University of Southern CaliforniaPh.D., Astronautical Engineering2013Award for Best Research Assistant in USC Astronautical Engineering, 2012–2013
- University of North DakotaB.S., Mechanical Engineeringsumma cum laude2008Private Pilot Certificate