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Kirkland & Ellis Partner Russell E. Levine Elected President of Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)

Russell E. Levine, a partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has been elected President of the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES).

With more than 4,500 members and 30 local chapters throughout the United States and Canada, LES is a professional society engaged in the transfer, use, development and marketing of intellectual property. It is the largest of the 32 National Societies within the Licensing Executive Society International, which has a membership base of over 10,000 licensing executives from over 90 countries.

As president, Mr. Levine intends to focus on growing membership by leveraging innovative branding and marketing strategies and social media outreach to highlight the value of LES membership to a broad spectrum of licensing professionals across industries.

Mr. Levine focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving technology transfer and patent license agreements. His practice includes structuring and negotiating both licensing-in and licensing-out transactions.

He has been an LES member since 1992 and active throughout as a volunteer on various committees, in leadership roles, and as a content provider at annual, seasonal and local chapter meetings. In addition to his most recent role as president-elect, he also is an International Delegate to, and chair of, the Long-Range Planning Committee for, LES International (LESI). He has previously served as an LES Trustee, as Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee (1994-1998), as co-chair of the Laws & Government Action Committee for several years, a member of the 2005 Annual Meeting Committee, Program Co-Chair for the 2009 Spring Meeting, and as Meeting Chair for the 2011 Spring Meeting. Mr. Levine has been an instructor for several LES educational courses and he is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP™).

About Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,600-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex intellectual property and technology, corporate and tax, litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration, and restructuring matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Calif., San Francisco and Washington D.C.

About the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.

Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of over 4,500 members engaged in the transfer, use, development and marketing of intellectual property. The LES membership includes a wide range of professionals, including business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists and government officials. Many large corporations, professional firms, and universities comprise the Society's membership. Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. & Canada), Inc. is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), with a worldwide membership of more than 10,000 members in 32 national societies, representing over 90 countries. For more information on LES, see