Carissa Wilson is an associate in the IP Litigation team in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Carissa’s practice spans such areas as (1) patent litigation; (2) standard essential patent (SEP) and FRAND disputes; and (3) copyright and trademark litigation and counselling.

Carissa received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2020, where she served as co-president of the Intellectual Property Law Society and comments editor for the University of Chicago Legal Forum. She interned at the U.S. Department of Justice in the International Section of the Antitrust Division before joining Crowell & Moring LLP as a first-year intellectual property associate in Washington, DC.

Carissa’s approach to legal practice is interdisciplinary. She has performed innovative published research on the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, passed in the U.S. in 2020. This research explored the intersection of intellectual property, administrative, and constitutional law. She has also published on the myriad legal consequences of novel technologies like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in relation to copyright, trademark, patent, and advertising law.

Carissa is sensitive to cross-border and comparative law issues. As an undergraduate student, Carissa completed coursework at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Vienna, Austria on European Union law. She also attended the residential programme component of the Oxford Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law as a non-degree student in Fall 2020 while still practicing in the U.S.


Thought Leadership


“The ‘Agencies’ of Copyright Law: Constitutional and Administrative Law on the CASE Act of 2020,” Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Fall 2021

“Re-examining Three Preconceived Notions Of SEPs As The 5G Patent Wars Ignite,” IPWatchdog, October 2021

“The CASE Act Of 2020: New Board To Provide Low-Cost Resolution Of Copyright Small Claims,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, June 2021

“AG Alliance Highlights New Trends in Organized Retail Crime,” State AG Blog, May 2021

“Navigating NFT Brand Management Risks And Rewards,” Law360, April 2021

“What Cos. Need To Know Before Entering Nascent NFT Market,” Law360, March 2021


Panellist, “Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) 101: What’s All the Hype?” Crowell & Moring Webinar, May 2021

Speaker, “Legislation in the Copyright Space and What to Look Out for in the Year Ahead,” NAWL IP & Tech. Group, March 2021

Memberships & Affiliations

DC Bar Association Member


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021District of Columbia


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.2020

    Comments Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum

    President, Intellectual Property Law Society

  • University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of BusinessB.S., International Business & Business Economicsmagna cum laude2015