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David L. Applegate

David L. Applegate

Williams Montgomery & John Ltd.

Chicago, IL, USA

David L. Applegate is a partner of Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., chair of the firm's intellectual property practice group and a member of the commercial litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, licensing, and business litigation and arbitration.
Mr. Applegate is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society. He is "AV Preeminent" peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for both ethical standards and legal ability.

Mr. Applegate has been named by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers and Illinois Super Lawyers for both commercial and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Applegate joined the firm in 2003, after three years with an established intellectual property boutique, ten years running his own firm, and 12 years with two prior intellectual property and commercial litigation firms. Throughout his career, Mr. Applegate has represented corporations and individuals as both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He has taken many cases to verdict as lead trial counsel in both jury and bench trials nationwide and has argued appeals in the Illinois appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Federal Circuits. Mr. Applegate also has extensive commercial arbitration and private mediation experience in both national and international dispute resolution forums, and is a member of the Chicago International Dispute Resolution

Mr. Applegate's clients include individual entrepreneurs, startup companies, established mid-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies in the fields of advertising, authorship, arts and entertainment; broadcasting; computer security devices; environmental technologies; financial technologies; industrial turbine technology; medical, dental, orthopedic and orthodontic products; medical and clinical testing devices; trucking and transportation, including air-ride and leaf-spring suspension technology; and Internet domain names.

As examples of cases he has litigated for clients, Mr. Applegate represented Beckman Instruments in a patent, copyright and trade secret lawsuit against a competitor in the scientific instrumentation field, represented MTV Networks in licensing and copyright disputes related to the Chicago Bears "Super Bowl Shuffle" video, defended Jennifer Lopez and her producers in a federal Lanham Act trademark case, and prosecuted international trademark infringement claims on behalf of Sears Roebuck and Co. and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Education/Bar Admissions

Mr. Applegate received a B.A. in political science, cum laude, in 1975 from Yale University after pursuing a core curriculum in mathematics and science. He received his J.D. in 1978 from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the national moot court team, chaired the Hinton Moot Court Committee and received the Lewis F. Powell Award for excellence in appellate advocacy.

Mr. Applegate has guest lectured at both The University of Chicago Law School and John Marshall Law School in Chicago, has judged moot court at The University of Chicago and Suffolk Law School, and has taught patent damages law, including demonstrating the examination of a patent damages expert at trial, for the Practising Law Institute since 2005.

Mr. Applegate was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1978 and also has been admitted to the following federal trial and appellate courts:
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (including the trial bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Mr. Applegate is past president of Literacy Chicago and its predecessor, Literacy Volunteers of Chicago; a former board member of the Yale Club of Chicago; and the founding member and current chair of the John Fischetti Scholarship Fund Advisory Board of Columbia College Chicago. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Tower Club and is a member of the Business Alliance of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago.

Mr. Applegate has been honored by the judges of the Northern District of Illinois for his outstanding commitment to and results in pro bono representation of indigent clients in employment discrimination, police brutality and excessive force cases.

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