Success in today’s highly complex technical environment—particularly in complex litigation and appellate cases—requires the ability to understand and explain complex legal and technical issues to jurists and laypeople alike.
I have spent my career counseling high-profile clients in the S&P 500, entrepreneurs, and individual inventors in the software, electrical arts, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. My objective has been to provide the appropriate legal strategy and most efficient approach to realize my clients' IP and business goals.
I trained as an electrical engineer, and I feel fortunate in the depth and breadth of my experience. Few litigators understand the innovation process from inception through enforcement, but my engineering background typically allows me to fully comprehend the scope of the technologies at stake, while my business management experience helps me to understand the weight and importance of particular issues. Then I rely on my extensive appellate expertise to gain insight into the likely proper outcome. I can offer all that relevant experience—along with more than two decades' experience in the courtroom.
In Chambers USA, clients have described me as "an exceptionally skilled lawyer" and a "key figure, who knows the courts inside and out," and as "extremely pro-business. [Addy] really understands business and how it's run." Former Chief Judge Paul Michel, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, remarked, "When you ask Addy a difficult question, as we often do in oral arguments, she fires right back with a very crisp, clear answer that is totally responsive to the question. And it's factual and accurate and fair. The contrast with other attorneys is stark. Most other attorneys duck the questions. Addy answers them head-on."
I have testified before Congress to address the Federal Circuit and the state of patent law. I am formerly a member of the Federal Circuit's Advisory Council and of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s board of directors. I co-founded the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, which is directed to intellectual property, and I served as its first president.
I am a perennial editor of Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit, a publication of West LegalWorks. I have written numerous articles and publications and I speak frequently on patent law and litigation at professional conferences, including for CLE. I also write a blog, Business De Novo, to generate conversations around the business of innovation.
I've been featured in Law360 as a Female Powerbroker and named one of the Most Influential Women in IP Law. I was inducted into the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s 40 Under Forty Hall of Fame, a list of the 40 most recognized lawyers nominated for 40 Under 40 in its history. I have been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Top 10 multiple years, and am regularly named to the Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers and Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers. In August 2018, I was again named in Best Lawyers (2019 ed.) in the categories of Litigation – Patent, and in Patent Law. In July 2018, I was named one of 250 Top Women in IP by intellectual property valuation firm IPmetrics LLC. And I am featured in IAM 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals.
I earned my JD cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, and an LLM with honors from The John Marshall Law School. In 2015, I earned my MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. I hold a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in fine arts from Rice University.