Russell E Levine PC is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis where he has spent his entire 30+ 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 US 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 many accolades for his IP practice. His strategy of seeking and obtaining a writ of mandamus earned "stand-out" recognition in the Financial Times, US Innovative Lawyers 2011. He also won the International Law Office 2012 Client Choice Award in Litigation for the US. 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"; "Mr Levine is constantly reachable and willing to take on tough assignments. He is up to date with the law and able to provide solutions to numerous problems without excessive research;" and "Russell stands out as good communicator. His manner instills confidence when called upon to present matters to the management team."
Russell has been named for several years running in the IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners and the IAM Strategy 300: The World's Leading IP Strategists. These and previous IAM publications state that: "He is fantastic and has a knack for breaking down complex subjects to their essentials without getting caught in the weeds. He really knows his audience and how to get points across effectively;" he is "well known for the depth of his licensing expertise;" and "for the most important cases, he is one of the leading figures in Chicago and nationally."
Russell is active in bar associations, industry organizations and his community. He is a past president of LES (USA and Canada); a past member of the American Heart Association's Chicago board of directors; a past chair of the By-Laws Committee of the Midwest Section of the United States Tennis Association; 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 workshop at the LES Annual Meeting is consistently standing room only. For over 25 years, he taught a course for the Society of Automotive Engineers entitled Patent Law for Engineers.
Russell holds a BS in Engineering and a BS in Economics, both degrees from the University of Michigan. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is on the World Intellectual Property Organization's List of Mediators and Arbitrators.