Ellisen Turner Joins Kirkland & Ellis as Intellectual Property Litigation Partner in Los Angeles

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that prominent intellectual property strategist and litigator Ellisen Turner has joined the Firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner.

“Ellisen is known for his strong IP litigation experience, as well as his leadership within the legal community,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “His talents and business acumen will be a positive addition to our active IP practice.”

Ellisen’s practice focuses on complex patent and trade secret litigation and IP strategy and transactions. He represents clients on high-profile matters in numerous federal courts, as well as at the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and in domestic and international arbitrations.

With a background in computer engineering, computer science and biomedical engineering, Ellisen has represented and advised clients across multiple technology sectors including media and entertainment technology, semiconductor design and fabrication, biotechnology and life sciences.

“Ellisen’s great litigation, business and technical experience make him a valuable addition to our IP practice,” said Gregg LoCascio, an IP partner and member of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “His track record is impressive and his ability to creatively achieve solutions that meet clients’ needs impressed us. We knew he would be a natural fit at Kirkland.”

In addition to IP litigation, Ellisen has developed a successful IP strategy practice where he helps clients maximize the value of their technology investments during corporate transactions, when developing licensing programs, and in pre-litigation planning. He counsels businesses on IP portfolio analyses, technology development and commercialization, IP issues arising in bankruptcy matters, and IP due diligence in connection with mergers, acquisitions and asset purchases.

Deeply involved in the Los Angeles community and in national legal organizations, Ellisen has been appointed numerous times to the Judicial Elections Evaluations Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has served as the chairman and a board member of the Intellectual Property Section of the National Bar Association. He also serves on the Intellectual Property Owners Association Litigation Committee and its Education Subcommittee.

A 2019 recipient of the Deborah Broyles Law Firm Diversity Leader Award from the California Minority Counsel Program, Ellisen has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving diversity and inclusion within the legal community. He founded the National Bar Association’s Diversity in Tech Awards, which annually recognize leaders for fostering diversity and inclusion in the STEM and IP fields. He was instrumental in crafting his former law firm’s diversity scholarship program to promote diversity in the legal profession and attract future leaders dedicated to inclusion. He also speaks regularly on diversity topics and mentors attorneys and students from underrepresented groups.

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