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Russell E. Levine


Russell is a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he has spent his entire 34+ year career. He focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving and related to technology transfer and patent license agreements. His trial practice includes jury trials, arbitrations and Section 337 proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission. His appellate practice concentrates on appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His technology transfer and licensing practice includes structuring and negotiating both licensing-in and licensing-out transactions. 

Russell has received numerous accolades for his IP practice.  His strategy of seeking and obtaining a writ of mandamus earned “stand-out” recognition in the Financial Times, U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2011.  He also won the International Law Office 2012 Client Choice Award in Litigation for the U.S.  The clients ILO interviewed had this to say about him:  “Russell has that unique ability to provide legal advice in a manner that is understandable, practical and useful for our business.”  The 2020 edition of IAM Patent 1000 included the following: 

“One of the longest-serving anchors of the firm’s top litigation practice is Russell E. Levine; over the course of his nearly 34-year tenure, he has masterminded many of the set’s greatest high-tech successes.  ‘Russell builds strong teams and mentors the associates on them very effectively.  He’s a deeply strategic thinker with exceptional commercial awareness - for in-house counsel, the value he brings is easy to show to the business.  He is also very amenable to creative alternative fee arrangements.’  Levine also flexes deep licensing and transactional expertise and contributes much on the deal side.” 

Russell is active in bar associations, industry organizations and his community.  He is a Past-President of LES (USA and Canada); a past-chair of the By-Laws Committee of the USTA’s Midwest Section; and a past-chair of the President’s Council at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.   

He is an author and frequent speaker on IP issues.  He is co-editor of International Licensing and Technology Transfer:  Practice and the Law.  His “Top 10 Court Decisions of the Year” workshop at the LES Annual Meeting is consistently standing room only. 

Russell holds a B.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Economics, both degrees from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.  He is on WIPO’s List of Mediators and Arbitrators, and he is registered to practice before the USPTO.  He also is a Certified Licensing Professional.