Danielle Anne Phillip
Shareholder
Overview

“The best client team is one that has different perspectives and approaches. A diverse team has more to offer a client when it comes to finding innovative solutions.”

With more than 14 years of experience, Danielle Phillip is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation in the federal district and appellate courts. She regularly advises clients concerning the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights; manages litigations at all stages; participates at trial; and provides analysis and counsel on litigation strategy, damages and settlement. Over her career, Danielle has litigated disputes in a wide range of industries, including Internet and e-commerce, electronic and medical devices among others. With her scientific background, Danielle has the ability to grasp complex technology and—most importantly for a litigator—describe it in clear terms to judges and juries. 

Cool under pressure, Danielle is a trusted ally for her clients, for whom litigation represents one of the most stressful events in their business lives. She understands that the best litigation result is the one that meets a client’s business goals. That might be a trial victory, but it could also be a well-negotiated licensing deal or favorable settlement. Above all, Danielle understands the economic realities her clients face and works to secure cost-effective solutions.  Always thinking forward, Danielle assembles client teams that include individuals with different backgrounds and experience. She believes this gives her clients the most comprehensive representation as they benefit from a variety of perspectives and approaches. True client service, for Danielle, requires looking at an issue from all sides to arrive at the best solution.

A lifetime member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Danielle is co-chair of Brinks’ Diversity Committee and a member of the Advisory Board for The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

Education
  • J.D., cum laude
    University of Michigan Law School, 2001
  • A.B., Biochemical Sciences
    Harvard University, 1995
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
  • U.S. Dist. Court, S.D. Indiana
  • U.S. Dist. Court, S.D. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Court, W.D. New York
Languages
  • French
Experience | Overview
  • AOL, Inc. v. Yahoo! Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2010-2011). Represented defendant Yahoo! Inc. in patent infringement case that settled on confidential terms.
  • Star Scientific, Inc. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (D. Md.). Multi-patent infringement case involving two patents relating to tobacco curing barns and methods for treating tobacco to yield low tobacco-specific nitrosamines. Star Scientific sought damages in excess of $1 billion. On June 16, 2009, after a four-week trial, a 12-person jury ruled in favor of RJR on all issues. District Court entered final judgment on a jury verdict of patent non-infringement and invalidity (based on anticipation, obviousness, indefiniteness and failure to disclose the best mode) in favor of client RJR. The Federal Circuit affirmed the jury verdict of patent non-infringement on August 26, 2011.
  • Cook Incorporated v. Endologix, Inc. (S.D. Ind. 2009-2012). Represented Cook in this action filed based on two patents concerning endovascular stent grafts and their delivery systems for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The case settled favorably following resolution of summary judgment motions in favor of Cook.
  • Represented major multi-level marketing company in patent infringement litigation.
  • Represented leading camera manufacturer in securing an investigation by the International Trade Commission into the use of the company’s patented inventions in smartphone cameras. Secured favorable settlement. 
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Shareholder, January 2011 - Present
Associate, October 2008 - December 2010

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York, New York
Associate, September 2003 - October 2008
Summer Associate, Summer 2000

Experience | Non-Legal

University of Chicago, Department of Pharmacological & Physiological Sciences, Chicago, Illinois
Senior Research Technologist, September 1997 - September 1998

Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Tropical Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
Research Assistant, September 1995 - August 1997

Experience | Teaching
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
Adjunct Professor, 2012 – Present
Experience | Clerkships & Internships
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
Law Clerk, Honorable John W. Darrah, August 2001-July 2003
Forward Thinking
alert
April 28, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, No. 15-446, that seeks to determine whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board...

blogpost
April 28, 2016
On April 25, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, No. 15-446, that seeks to determine whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) should apply the broadest reasonable ...
multimedia
2015

Danielle Phillip and Danielle Gillen discuss the importance of diversity ...

in the media
March 04, 2015
Shareholder Danielle Anne Phillip was recently featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine—Women's Edition for 2015 in the article 'Danielle Anne Phillip: Bringing the Rigor of a Scientist to the World of Intellectual Property,' which ...
in the media
May 14, 2014
On May 14, 2014, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin mentioned in the “In the News” section, that Brinks is co-hosting AIPLA’s “Women in IP Global Networking Event” being held in Chicago on May 22nd at the Union League Club. ...
Presentations
  • “Reasonable Royalty in Patent Damages: What You Need to Know in 2016," Brinks Webinar, July 29, 2016
Representative Matters
Litigation
  • AOL, Inc. v. Yahoo! Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2010-2011). Subject: Patent Infringement. Ms. Phillip represented defendant Yahoo! Inc. Case settled on confidential terms.
  • Star Scientific, Inc. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (D. Md.). Multi-patent infringement case involving two patents relating to tobacco curing barns and methods for treating tobacco to yield low tobacco-specific nitrosamines. Star Scientific sought damages in excess of $1 billion. On June 16, 2009, after a four-week trial, a 12-person jury ruled in favor of RJR on all issues. District Court entered final judgment on a jury verdict of patent non-infringement and invalidity (based on anticipation, obviousness, indefiniteness and failure to disclose the best mode) in favor of client RJR. The Federal Circuit affirmed the jury verdict of patent non-infringement on August 26, 2011.
  • Cook Incorporated v. Endologix, Inc. (S.D. Ind. 2009-2012). Ms. Phillip represented Cook in this action filed based on two patents concerning endovascular stent grafts and their delivery systems for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The case settled favorably following resolution of summary judgment motions in favor of Cook.
  • Represented major multi-level marketing company in patent infringement litigation. 
Press Releases & Events
March 29, 2017
On March 29, 2017, Gus Siller will speak at the “The Ethics of Diversity and the Economics of Inclusion” panel at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s Chicago fundraiser hosted by Exelon at its corporate ...
July 29, 2016

On July 29, from 3:00-5:00 PM (EST) Danielle Phillip will be speaking at the Live Webcast entitled ...

January 12, 2016

CHICAGO—Twenty-two attorneys at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione have been named to the 2016 ...

January 20, 2015
CHICAGO—Twenty-four attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation's largest intellectual property law firms, are named to the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers, a rating service that lists lawyers from more than ...
October 23, 2014
CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, a shareholder at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione and the firm's past president, has been named the #1 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, and fifty-nine ...
September 18, 2012
CHICAGO – Leading Lawyers Network has named 54 attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, as 2012 Leading Lawyers in intellectual property in Illinois for 2012. The roster ...
Honors
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013-2017
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2012, 2015, 2016 
  • Named to Law Bulletin's "Forty Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch" for 2011
  • University of Michigan Law Review, Contributing Editor and Associate Editor
  • Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, Quarter Finalist
Affiliations
  • American Intellectual Property Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Advisory Board, The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
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