Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis Adds Ken Adamo to IP Litigation Practice Group

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that intellectual property trial lawyer Ken Adamo has joined the Firm as a partner in the Chicago office. Mr. Adamo is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience in trying patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets matters. He joins Kirkland from Jones Day, where he worked in the Cleveland and Dallas offices.

"Ken's trial experience gives our clients yet another option at the Firm for their significant IP matters. His decision to join Kirkland speaks to the breadth and strength of our nearly 300-attorney global IP practice. We are delighted that Ken has joined us," said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland & Ellis.

Mr. Adamo has extensive trial experience as lead counsel in jury and non-jury cases before the state and federal courts, and before the U.S. International Trade Commission, as well as ex parte and inter partes experience in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also has had substantial experience as lead counsel in arbitrations (ICC and AAA, as well as non-administered arbitration) and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

While acting as lead trial counsel makes up the core of his practice, Mr. Adamo has also appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as appellate counsel in more than 35 appeals.

Mr. Adamo joined Jones Day in 1983. Prior to that, he was a partner in Neuman, Williams, Anderson and Olson, a Chicago IP firm he joined in 1975.

Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2010), ranked Ken in Intellectual Property in both Ohio (Star Performer; "Ken Adamo has unparalleled stature as a patent litigator and is 'incredibly smart with a strong presence that makes him very persuasive to a judge and jury'") and Texas (Band 1; "Ken Adamo enjoys national recognition for his IP practice, which encompasses patent, trademark and copyright issues. 'He's got the energy, the eye for detail and the courtroom presence—he's just a superb trial lawyer'").

"I am energized by this new opportunity at Kirkland & Ellis, which has an outstanding contingent of IP lawyers, a solid international platform, tremendous experience with complex matters and a trial-ready philosophy that fits well with my trial background," said Mr. Adamo.

Mr. Adamo frequently writes and lectures on intellectual property law, trial and litigation issues, skills and training, for U.S. and international publications and organizations.

Mr. Adamo earned a B.S.Ch.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a J.D. from The Albany Law School of Union University and an L.L.M. from The John Marshall Law School. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, New York, Ohio and Texas, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Kirkland & Ellis' Intellectual Property Law Practice is one of the oldest such practices in a full-service firm in the world, having been an integral part of Kirkland since 1925. Kirkland has nearly 300 intellectual property lawyers who are experienced in a variety of technical disciplines and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Approximately 75 percent of the lawyers are engineers and scientists trained with degrees and professional backgrounds in technical areas.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP ( is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex intellectual property and technology, corporate and tax, restructuring, and litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.