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Shira J. Kapplin

Senior Counsel, IP Litigation
North Chicago, IL, USA


Senior Counsel, IP Litigation

AbbVie, August 2015 – Present (2 years 1 month) | Greater Chicago Area



Chapman Spingola, LLP, July 2013 – August 2015 (2 years 2 months) | Greater Chicago Area

Focused my practice on intellectual property and commercial transactions, negotiating a variety of agreements, including intellectual property and technology licensing, non-disclosure agreements and reseller agreements. I also participated in patent and trademark litigation and trademark prosecution and counseling.



Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP, May 2011 – July 2012 (1 year 3 months)

Managed several cases, including developing strategy, development of invalidity and non-infringement positions, document collection and production, locating and retaining experts, development of expert reports, taking and defending depositions, conducting motion practice. Regular liaison with in-house client.



Abbott Laboratories, August 2010 – April 2011 (9 months)

Managed ongoing patent litigation matters, including litigation in multiple countries; licensed patents and technological know-how, both into and out of the company; negotiated settlements; counseled client regarding various intellectual property matters, including generic competition; participated in due diligence.



Kirkland & Ellis LLP, September 2004 – July 2010 (5 years 11 months)

Experience in all aspects of various intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright. Developed non-infringement and invalidity positions; took and defended depositions of individual witnesses, corporate witnesses, and experts; authored motions and briefs, including appellate briefs, claim construction briefs, summary judgment motions, post-trial motions, motions in limine, and discovery motions. Handled various aspects of discovery, including document collection and retention, document production, privilege logs. Second chaired for various witnesses at trial, drafted witness outlines, prepared witnesses for trial (including experts). 


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