Christopher R. Liro is a registered patent attorney at Andrus Intellectual Property Law and focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation in federal district and appellate courts, as well as at the International Trade Commission.
Chris has litigated patent disputes involving technologies including wireless communications, medical devices, semiconductor manufacturing, automotive components, and food packaging and manufacturing, for clients including Research In Motion, C.R. Bard, Zimmer, Seaquist Closures, Bank of America and Pylon Manufacturing. He manages and executes all aspects of litigation, including developing litigation and settlement/licensing strategies; conducting discovery and motion practice; assessing client and competitor intellectual property assets and litigation-related risks; negotiating litigation and settlement positions; representing clients at hearings and trials; and partnering with in-house counsel and business and technical staff.
Chris received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon honor societies, and received his master of science degree in civil engineering from the same institution in 1991. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2000 (magna cum laude), where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, the recipient of the Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award, and a contributing editor to the University of Michigan Law Review. Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 2000-2001. Prior to joining Andrus, Chris was an intellectual property litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.
Chris is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Chris also represents clients on a pro bono basis before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit through the Federal Circuit Bar Association Veterans Pro Bono Program. In June 2012, he received an Annual Pro Bono Excellence Award from the Federal Circuit Bar Association for his work in the Veterans Pro Bono Program.
Representative Cases (prior to joining Andrus):
Licensed since 2001
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2001||05/14/2015|
|Attorney||Andrus Sceales Starke Sawall||2012 - Present|
|Partner, Associate||Kirkland & Ellis LLP||2001 - 2012|
|University of Michigan Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Civil & Environmental Engineering||MS - Master of Science||1991|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Civil & Environmental Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1990|