Year Joined Firm: 1986
Education/Alumni: B.S. Engineering, University of Michigan, B.S. Economics, University of Michigan, J.D., University of Chicago
Network Memberships: LES, SAE
Russell E. Levine is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP 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 relating 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. He is a Certified Licensing Professional.
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, 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.”
Russell is included in Managing Intellectual Property 2018 “IP Stars,” as he has been for several years. In the 2014 edition of IP Stars, a firm client praised Russell, noting, “We have worked with Russell Levine for several years. I find he has great insight into how to give clear, concise input focused on legal solutions that leverage business needs.”
Russell is named in the 2018 editions of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners and IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists. Comments in these and previous IAM publications have included: “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-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 Court Decisions of 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. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is on the World Intellectual Property Organization’s List of Mediators and Arbitrators, and he is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Key IP Areas:
- Trade Secrets
Key Practice Areas:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- IP Transactions
- Food & Beverage
- Industrial Manufacturing
- Mechanical Engineering
Last updated 8th May 2018