Patrick M. Arenz

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Experience

In an era of litigators, Patrick Arenz is a trial lawyer. He handles high-stakes disputes for a diverse set of clients, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to small inventor-led companies and individuals. His practice focuses on patent and copyright infringement matters, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract disputes, and business and individual tort cases. In five separate enforcement efforts for inventor-led companies, he has secured eight-figure licensing revenues for each client. He is equally adept at representing defendants, and has handled competitor-versus-competitor patent cases on both sides of the “v.” His cases have garnered media attention from outlets including The New York Times, Star Tribune, and even “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Based on his accomplishments, Patrick was selected for the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list and named a Minnesota Attorney of the Year in 2018.

Patrick has honed his trial skills in courtrooms across the country, and spent his early career working alongside renowned trial lawyers, like Ronald J. Schutz. He has since tried a wide range of cases, including patent infringement, breach of contract, personal injury, and felony-criminal defense cases. In 2016, he tried a breach of license dispute over unpaid royalties, and obtained a $5.7 million verdict that settled on appeal for $13.5 million. Many of Patrick’s cases have resolved successfully before trial, driven by his preparation and readiness for trial.

 
 

Patrick is passionate about ensuring access to justice for all, not just those who can afford it. From 2015 through 2018, he chaired Robins Kaplan’s Pro Bono Committee. Under his leadership, The American Lawyer ranked the firm as having the fourth-best pro bono program in the country. Law360 and The National Law Journal, among other national publications, also recognized the firm’s program during his tenure. As chair, Patrick led by example. In 2017, he obtained what is reported to be the first-ever verdict in a civil sex tourism case; the jury awarded $950,000 to his client after finding that she had been sexually assaulted in Laos at the age of 14 by a 43-year-old U.S. citizen. He also serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois in the state’s suit against the City of Chicago for police misconduct and civil rights violations. The ABA recognized Patrick’s dedication to pro bono work by awarding him its prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award in 2018, and Public Justice named him one of four finalists for Trial Lawyer of the Year.

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Lead trial counsel in Covidien v. Esch in which a federal jury in the District of Massachusetts held the defendant, a former Covidien employee, liable for breaching his contracts with Covidien by disclosing and using confidential information to start his own company. 

Trial counsel in Megdal Associates LLC v. La-Z-Boy, Inc, (S.D. Fla. 2016), a case in which a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale awarded our client, Megdal Associates, $5.7 million for breach of a technology license agreement. The award was increased to $6 million with the award of prejudgment interest. While the case was pending on appeal, it settled with La-Z-Boy, paying Megdal Associates $13.5 million.

Trial Counsel in Vang v. Prataya (D. Minn. 2017), in which a federal jury found that the defendant had sexually assaulted our client when she was 14 years old in Laos, and awarded $950,000 in damages. This verdict is reported to be the first of its kind in a civil “sex tourism” case—in which an American citizen travels overseas for illicit sexual conduct—brought under the PROTECT Act.

Counsel in Personal Audio LLC v. Apple Inc., a patent infringement case in which a Texas federal jury awarded our client, Personal Audio LLC, $8 million in damages for infringing a patent for an audio player that can download or receive navigable playlists. The jury found that Apple's iPods infringed the patent. The district court then denied Apple's equitable defenses of laches and inequitable conduct following a bench trial, which Mr. Arenz tried as second-chair counsel. The verdict was announced on July 8, 2011, and the district court issued a final judgment in excess of $12 million on August 30, 2011.

Counsel for defendant Draeger Safety Inc. in a patent infringement suit brought by Sperian Respiratory Protection U.S.A. in the Central District of California involving Self Contained Breathing Apparatus ("SCBA") for the fire service industry. Following discovery and a Markman hearing, case settled confidentially with no changes made to Draeger Safety's product.

Benchmark Highly Recommended Firm 2020
Super Lawyers 2019
40 Under 40 2018
Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Named to the “40 & Under Hot List,” Benchmark Litigation (2018-2019)
  • Recipient of the "Pro Bono Publico Award," American Bar Association (2018)
  • Finalist, "Trial Lawyer of the Year Award," Public Justice (2018)
  • Named to "40 Under 40 List," Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (2018)
  • Named "Attorney of the Year," Minnesota Lawyer (2017)
  • Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2013-2019)
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2013, 2015-2016)
  • Harry A. Sieben Award, presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for excellence in the study of federal law and practice.
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Board Member
  • Compatible Technologies International, Board Member
  • FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (2006); William Mitchell Law Review, Assistant Editor (2005-2006), Staff Member (2004-2005); American College of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Team (2006)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., History and Political Science, with distinction in Political Science (2003)                 
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter
    • Treasurer, (2016-Present)
    • Assistant Treasurer, (2015-2016)
    • Co-Vice President, Monthly Meetings (2014-2015)
    • Co-Vice President, Legal Education (2012-2014)
    • Chair, IP Practice Group Committee (2009-2012)
    • Chair, Communications Committee (2008-2009)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
  • Eastern District Bench Bar Conference Planning Committee (2011 - Present)
  • Lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a forum limited to trial attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar results

Quoted in:

  • Alice and Section 101 Current Trends and Future Possibilities
    Sedona Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (March 29, 2019)
  • Breaking Free Pro Bono Anit Human Trafficking Litigation
    ABA Equal Justice Conference, San Diego, California (May 11, 2018)
  • The World After T.C. Heartland: Effective Management of Multidistrict Litigations (MDLs) And "Pseudo - MDLs" From The Court’s And The Parties’ Perspectives
    The Sedona Conference on International Patent Litigation, Reston, Virginia (February 26, 2018)
  • Early Patent Damages Contentions
    Leahy Institute of Advanced Patent Studies, Naples, Florida (February 19, 2018)
  • Parallel Universes The Intersection of PIRs
    American Intellectual Property Law Association, Webinar (November 8, 2017)
  • Best Practices for Managing Parallel Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and District Court Proceedings
    American Intellectual Property Law Association, Washington, DC (October 20, 2017)
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Webinar Part I: An Introduction
    American Association for Justice, Webinar (October 17, 2017)
  • Anti Human Trafficking Webinar Part I An Introduction
    American Association for Justice, Webinar (October 17, 2017)
  • With Millions of Dollars at Stake: A Trial Lawyer’s Perspective on Litigating and Trying IP License Disputes to Juries and Arbitrators
    Licensing Executives Society, Palo Alto, California (June 21, 2017)
  • Declining Right to Trial by Jury in Patent Cases
    The Future of IP and Technology Law Forum, Seattle, Washington (June 7, 2017)
  • Effective Management of Multidistrict Litigation and Pseudo MDLs
    The Sedona Conference, Houston, Texas (February 27, 2017)
  • Representing the Inventor in the Garage Megdal Associates LLC v La Z Boy
    University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 16, 2016)
  • Effective Management of Multidistrict Litigations MDLs and PseudoMDLs
    Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation, Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2016)
  • Revisiting No Challenge Clauses and Assessing At risk Licenses
    Intellectual Property Owners Association, Subcommittee on IP Licensing, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 13, 2016)
  • Patent Litigation: Practice Tips
    American Intellectual Property Law Association, Washington, D.C. (October 22, 2015)
  • Abusive Discovery Must Be Curbed
    The Sedona Conference, Reston, Virginia (October 19, 2015)
  • Impact of Octane Fitness Highmark proposed best practices
    The Sedona Conference, Miami, Florida (May 18, 2015)
  • What is an Exceptional Case
    All Voices Sedona Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 6, 2014)
  • Case Management in Patent Litigation
    All Voices Sedona Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 5, 2014)
  • What Civil Lawyers Can Learn From Criminal Lawyers, and Vice-Versa (Panel)
    The 40th Annual Federal Practice Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 26, 2014)
  • Case Management Issues from the Judicial Perspective
    The Sedona Conference Working Group 10 Midyear Meeting, San Francisco, California (April 10, 2014)
  • Appellate Practice: Intellectual Property
    Understanding Minnesota Appellate Practice and Procedure Series, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (December 13, 2013)
  • Case Management from a Judicial Perspective
    WG10: Patent Litigation Best Practices, The Sedona Conference, Washington, District of Columbia (September 19, 2013)
  • Trends Inside the Courtroom
    2012 Intellectual Property Institute, Kansas Bar Association, Overland Park, Kansas (May 4, 2012)
  • Don’t Mess with Texas: The Eastern District of Texas and its Unique Role in Patent Litigation
    The University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 18, 2011)
  • Introduction to Patent Law - A Practical Perspective
    Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Judicial Law Clerk Patent Law Training, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 13, 2011)
  • Teaming Up to Handle Criminal Defense Cases for the Indigent
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 26, 2010)
  • How the New Local Rules and Federal Rule of Evidence 502 Will Impact Your Practice (Panel)
    36th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 22, 2010)
  • Hot Topics in Patent Law
    Federal Bar Association (Minnesota Chapter) Judicial Law Clerk Patent Law Training, St. Paul, Minnesota (October 29, 2009)
  • Using FRE 502 to Maintain a Delicate Balance: Reducing Ediscovery Costs While Still Protecting Privilege (Panel)
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 24, 2009)
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