Gregory Sanford is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP with extensive experience in intellectual property and business litigation. His practice focuses on assisting clients with their patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright needs, including trial and appellate litigation, alternate dispute resolution, and assessing and advising clients on intellectual property opportunities and risks.

Gregory has represented clients in complex patent infringement and contract litigation in federal district court. He has experience in all phases of litigation, including pre-filing investigations, drafting pleadings, claim construction, fact and expert discovery, summary judgment and other motion practice, trial in federal district courts, arbitration hearings, and appeals.

Gregory’s experience covers a broad range of technologies such as computer software, wireless communication including cellular telecommunications and radio-frequency identification, medical devices, semiconductors, and power amplifiers.

Gregory is also active in pro bono work, including for Fair Housing Act and Illinois Human Rights Act claims and on appeal before the Seventh Circuit.


Thought Leadership


Your Opinion Really Does Not Matter: How The Use Of Referenda In Funding Public University Student Groups Violates Constitutional Free Speech Principles, 83 Notre Dame Law Review 845 (2008).


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2008Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit2012


  • Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D.magna cum laude2008
    Article Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
  • Carnegie Mellon UniversityM.S., Electronic Commerce2003
  • Wheaton CollegeB.S., Computer Sciencecum laude2000