Deanna R. Kunze

Deanna Kunze is a trial lawyer and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation group. She represents both intellectual property owners and accused infringers in matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights as well as related areas of commercial litigation. She uses her courtroom skills and experience—spanning state and federal courts, jury and bench trials—to craft litigation strategies tailored to each client’s particular goals.

What do you focus on?

I have litigated large-scale, multi-party actions as well as narrow disputes. Combining tried-and-true courtroom strategy and techniques with the most appropriate use of litigation technology for the subject matter and forum, I work with clients to meet their goals in the litigation, whether it be an early settlement or a jury trial.

Technical Litigation—Patent, Trade Secret & Copyright

I’ve represented clients in actions involving a variety of industries and technologies, including medical devices, software, navigation equipment, financial equipment and audio systems. I rely on my courtroom and trial experience to position complex, cutting-edge technical concepts in a way that makes the most sense to the judge and jury.

Brands & Arts Litigation and Intellectual Property Management

I’ve assisted businesses protecting well-established brands as well as growing businesses, and I often tackle the special issues that Internet companies experience. I’ve also represented artists, authors and copyright holders in copyright and related disputes, both domestic and international. One of my favorite practices is advising clients on holistic intellectual property management and protection strategies and policies.

e-Discovery & Data Preservation

I have extensive experience managing the discovery process, including e-discovery and general data preservation and management issues. In the early stages of crafting a litigation strategy, I work with the client to evaluate e-discovery and data issues and choose from the vast array of litigation technology available to manage that data most effectively—and most economically.

What do you see on the horizon?

I predict that the frequency of requests for temporary restraining orders and/or preliminary injunctions will explode in cases where injunctive relief is an option. Just as the world of social media has revolutionized the way we do business, it’s also revolutionizing the speed by which a business can be damaged or harmed by misuse of intellectual property or by other unfair competition. It will be critical for a lawyer to be able to effectively request or respond to these expedited proceedings.


  • “Protecting Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace,” Chapter 21 of Intellectual Property Law, 2013 edition, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, February 2013. (co-author)

Representative Experience

  • Frequently advise beverage alcohol companies regarding consumer protection, brand management, vendor and distribution management, state and federal shipping and regulatory requirements, and intellectual property protection

  • Frequently represent clients in responding to subpoenas and managing document production
  • Represented several large corporations accused of infringing patents related to e-commerce in the Eastern District of Texas that were resolved through settlements or dismissals
  • Represented foreign corporation accused of patent infringement in temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction proceedings in the District of Nevada
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a fleet management company in a patent infringement action in the Northern District of Georgia
  • Represented energy consolidator in obtaining favorable settlement against accusations of consumer fraud before Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Advised industrial manufacturers on intellectual property protection strategies

  • Represented Fortune 500 telecommunications corporation in the Northern District of Illinois in a multi-party, multi-claim action regarding wireless communications software patents and trade secrets
  • Led trial team to jury verdict for plaintiff in a misappropriation of trade secrets matter in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding scientific glassware and obtained a permanent injunction that was limitless in time against defendants
  • Member of a trial team that obtained a jury verdict for plaintiff on all claims in a patent infringement suit in the District of Massachusetts involving medical devices in the women’s health industry
  • Represented Fortune 500 utilities corporation in the Central District of California in a multi-district litigation matter regarding call processing software patents
  • Represented wireless infrastructure and equipment leader in the District of Delaware in a patent litigation matter regarding wireless location software
  • Obtained favorable summary judgment ruling and large attorney’s fees award for roll-your-own tobacco and rolling paper manufacturer in the Northern District of Illinois in a trademark litigation matter involving both its logos and trade dress
  • Represented financial payment processing solution provider in the Eastern District of Texas in patent litigation matter regarding electronic check processing methods and systems patents


Deanna R. Kunze



Phone: 312-425-3971

Fax: 866-947-1702

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., (Order of the Coif; Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Editor)

University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Deanna was named a “Rising Star” in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the publisher of Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. Inclusion in “Super Lawyers” is based on a peer-review survey.

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