Brinkman worked at the firm as partner from 1994 to 2002 and has worked for a variety of firms in between, including Alston & Bird and Quinn Emanuel.
Based in the Kirkland & Ellis’s Washington DC office, he will focus on section 337 litigation.
Brinkman represents companies in patent infringement and trade secret cases in various industries, including smartphones and semiconductors.
Jeffrey Hammes, chairman of Kirkland & Ellis’s global management executive committee, commented: “Paul Brinkman has a strong reputation as one of the top practitioners before the ITC, an increasingly important venue for our IP clients.”
“His extensive experience and knowledge will be a great asset to our team.”
Greg Arovas, partner in Kirkland & Ellis’s IP practice and member of the global management executive committee, added: “Kirkland is one of the few law firms with the capability to try labour-intensive ‘bet the company’ ITC matters, and we have had tremendous success doing so both as stand-alone cases and as part of an overall worldwide litigation strategy.”
He added: “We are committed to the continued growth of our ITC practice, and are excited about the additional value Paul Brinkman will provide to our clients.”