Kevin J. Byrne

Of Counsel

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Kevin knows how to solve tough problems. It’s a skill he developed during his tenure as inside counsel to a large, diversified manufacturing company and over more than 25 years as outside general counsel to manufacturers and product distribution companies. Combining those experiences with his background in commercial litigation, Kevin is able to analyze problems from different perspectives while never losing sight of his client’s business objectives.

Kevin concentrates on commercial litigation and business law counseling, with an emphasis on intellectual property issues where he has litigated disputes involving a wide range of consumer, commercial and industrial products. He brings practical advice and sound judgment to counseling clients about the range of intellectual property and commercial law issues that they confront as they move from R&D through branding, promotion and sales. Kevin’s business law counseling often includes advice concerning product distribution, sales and marketing arrangements, manufacturing and supply agreements, licensing, and issues relating to antitrust, trade regulation, advertising and unfair competition. He also has represented companies seeking to register trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and appeared on behalf of clients in trademark proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Fulfilling a longstanding desire to enter public service, Kevin also served as general counsel for the Illinois Governor’s Office of Management and Budget where he managed the legal challenges arising out of the $35 billion state budget.


  • Education

      • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1981, cum laude, Editorial Board, Northwestern University Law Review
      • Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., 1978, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

      • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Bar Association

      • Section of Intellectual Property Law
      • Section of Business Law
      • Section of Litigation

    Honors & Awards

      • Leading Lawyer – Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Litigation
        • Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyer (2007-2014, 2017)

    Speeches & Presentations

    • Kevin has given corporate in-house training presentations on intellectual property issues in product design and development and on patent law fundamentals and the America Invents Act.