Ken Adamo is a partner in the Intellectual Property group in Kirkland's Chicago and New York offices. Ken has extensive trial experience as lead counsel in jury and nonjury cases before state and federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission, as well as ex parte and post-grant PTAB experience in the US Patent and Trademark Office. He has had substantial experience as lead counsel in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and actively practices before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having appeared in over 40 appeals to date.
In 2011, Ken was named to IAM Patent Litigation 250 – The World's Leading Patent Litigators, ranked as a top attorney in the "Individuals – US International Trade Commission," and, as a Band 1 lawyer in "Individuals – Illinois" and "Individuals – National" categories. He was recognized as a "true leader and luminary trial lawyer" who is "sharp and extremely effective both in federal district court litigation and before the ITC." In 2012, in IAM's The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 1000, he was again named a top attorney in Individuals – US International Trade Commission, and was named to Gold Band Individuals – Litigation in Illinois. In 2013, he continued in the IAM 1000 publication as a Gold Band Individual – Litigation in Illinois, being described as "a 'brash and bold winner' who secures superb results for clients." In 2014 and 2015, Ken maintained those rankings, with IAM saying he's a "Nationally renowned trial lawyer . . . [who] has a tremendous amount of energy and is a commanding presence in the courtroom" and "is a polished trial lawyer with extensive district court, ITC, appellate, alternative forum and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) experience." In 2016, IAM noted that "You can't be too dazzled by the depth and strength of the firm's bench of first-chair trial lawyers. Ken Adamo is another big name in the group; he litigates high-stakes cases across the IP spectrum and excels at all levels and in all forums, including the ITC and PTAB". IAM 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals 2017, named Ken as another best-in-class advocate: "Ken practiced patent litigation well before it came into vogue, and has unrivalled experience and a rare depth of substantive patent law knowledge. He takes the time to get to know your business and goals, and will protect your interests zealously. He does a good job training and developing new talent for the next generation of representation for his clients – a lot of senior lawyers take their eye off that particular ball, but not Ken." Among his peers, he is lauded as a "laser-focused, high-energy lawyer who does an awful lot of work without ever getting flustered."
Who's Who Legal Patents 2014, 2015, and 2016, named him as one of its Most Highly Regarded Individuals, saying that "the 'phenomenal' Kenneth Adamo . . . is widely acknowledged as a 'frontrunner' of US patent litigation. He regularly appears as lead counsel before state and federal courts and before the International Trade Commission, and recently acted in high profile infringement cases for clients including IBM, Samsung . . ."
IP Stars Illinois 2017 noted that a peer said that Ken is "a very strong patent litigator and very good in the courtroom," adding that "even though he has a New York lawyer personality, he does well in the East Texas courtroom," and, further, that he is "very strategic in how he approaches cases and has a good understanding of the technology so it's easy for him to simplify."
The 2017 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, ranked Ken Gold Band Individuals – Litigation in Illinois for the seventh consecutive year, noting that he is "incredibly seasoned, very experienced," and "has an encyclopaedic understanding of patent law." The 2016 edition of Chambers USA noted that he "brings an incredible understanding of the law and a depth of experience that few, if any, other practitioners can offer." The 2014 edition of Chambers USA noted his being described by clients as an attorney who is "highly professional", "very responsive", and "very attentive." The 2013 edition of Chambers USA praised Ken for his "great court skills." The 2012 edition of Chambers USA called Ken "an outstanding patent litigator." The 2011 edition described him as "very dynamic and great on patent litigation."
In Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016, sources said that Ken "brings an incredible understanding of the law and a depth of experience that few, if any, other practitioners can offer." Chambers Global 2011 noted that Ken is "revered for his powerful courtroom presence." In 2010, Chambers ranked Ken as a Star Performer in Ohio and Band 1 in Texas, with clients remarking that he "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,'" as well as that he "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."
Recent major representations in intellectual property litigation as lead counsel include US federal court and ITC cases for Citicorp, CQG, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, MediaTek, Procter & Gamble, Otter Products, Samsung, TEL, Texas Instruments, TSMC, and Xilinx.