Katherine E. Rhoades is an intellectual property litigation associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on litigation, including intellectual property disputes, commercial litigation, and other complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels. Her practice involves a range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and mechanical systems. Katherine has experience in all aspects of litigation, including pre-filing investigation, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, trial, post-trial, and appeal.

From 2018 to 2019, Katherine served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Katherine was previously an associate with Kirkland from 2016 to 2018.

While at Kirkland, Katherine has also provided legal counseling and representation for individuals on a pro bono basis, including arguing an administrative appeal on behalf of a client terminated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, petitioning for review of administrative agency decisions, and negotiating and favorably settling administrative appeals for clients.


Thought Leadership


Note, “Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Stop for Summary Judgment: The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware’s Seemingly Disjunctive Yet Efficient Procedures in Hatch-Waxman Litigation,” 14 Nw. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 81, 2016

Co-Author with Jennifer Turnchyn, “Poaching the American Dream: The U.S. International Trade Commission’s Instrumental Role in Combating Foreign Theft of American Trade Secrets,” 337 Reporter, The Paul J. Luckern Summer Associate Ed., Summer 2014


Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award, 2016–2017


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016, Illinois
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2016

    Order of the Coif

    Managing Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property

  • Illinois Wesleyan UniversityB.S., Chemistrymagna cum laude2012

    Varsity Volleyball Team Co-Captain 

    Member of Student Athlete Advisory Committee