Desmarais, John M. [MC1985]
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Mr. John M. Desmara is a Partner in the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. Mr. Desmarais obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College and a law degree from New York University.
After practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation and counseling for several years, he left private practice to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where for three years he tried criminal jury trials for the federal government.
After leaving the government, Mr. Desmarais returned to the practice of intellectual property litigation, and later joined Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office. Mr. Desmarais is a member of the bars of New York and Washington, D.C., the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and various other federal district courts and courts of appeal. Mr. Desmarais is also registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has and continues to serve on the Delaware District Court Judges’ Intellectual Property Advisory Committee from 1999 to present.
In January 2003, Mr. Desmarais was retained by Computer Motion, Inc. to lead efforts in their ongoing patent litigation. Computer Motion, Inc. is the world’s leading developer of surgical systems.
Mr. Desmarais’s work on behalf of Verizon Wireless and several other cellular service providers was selected as Defense Verdict of the Week by The National Law Journal. The article is entitled “Company Loses $271 Million Claim Over Wireless Patents.” Mr. Desmarais’s successful win for Kirkland & Ellis client, Infineon Technologies AG, was profiled in a feature story in Fortune, “A Hot Stock’s Dirty Secret,” Vol. 144, No. 1, Pg. 106, July 9, 2001. That article quotes some of Mr. Desmarais’s key cross-examination and concludes that: “During the trial Rambus’ lawyers were outmaneuvered at every turn by a team from the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis.”
Mr. Desmarais was quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “Rambus Is Ordered by Jury to Pay $3.5 Million to Infineon Over Patents,” and the San Jose Mercury News article, “California-Based Chip Designer Rambus Found Guilty of Fraud in Patent Case.”
Mr. Desmarais was selected by The American Lawyer for “45 Under Forty-Five: The Rising Stars of the Private Bar.” He was selected as one of the 7 best IP trial lawyers in the IP Worldwide article, “The Magnificent Seven, IP’s Best Young Trial Lawyers.” He was also recognized as one of the most successful young litigators in America in The National Law Journal’s , “40 Under 40, A look at some of the most successful young litigators in America.” The path towards his career as a K&E IP litigator was profiled in the IP Worldwide article, “IP Litigation Makes Desmarais a Happy Guy.”
He is a Member of American Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Federal Bar Council, New York County Lawyer’s Association, New York Intellectual Property Law, Association, Intellectual Property Owners Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, International Trademark Association (INTA), and American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
He did JD in 1988 from New York University School of Law and B.Ch.E. in 1985 from Manhattan College.
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