Aaron Fahrenkrog and Patrick Arenz Named to Benchmark Litigation 40 and Under Hot List

July 9, 2019

Robins Kaplan LLP is pleased to announce that Aaron Fahrenkrog and Patrick Arenz have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as leading litigation attorneys in its annual 40 & Under Hot List. The list recognizes notable up-and-coming litigation attorneys who have had a hand in some of their firms’ most noteworthy recent cases and have earned praise from clients and peers regarding the quality of their work.

Aaron Fahrenkrog, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group, represents both plaintiffs and defendants in all aspects of patent litigation. He handles complex cases in a wide range of areas, including patents, technology licensing, and intellectual property valuation. In recent years, his work has focused on semiconductor and computing technologies; he has litigated patents from the most basic level of transistor construction to the technology required to display content onscreen. His past cases have seen him prepare damage models exceeding a billion dollars, and he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in patent litigation at a ten-to-one return on investment. In his most recent matter, ATI v. Iancu, Fahrenkrog represented ATI in a complex patent litigation matter that was ultimately decided at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The matter was resolved when the court reversed in favor of ATI.

Patrick Arenz is a trial lawyer who 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. Most recently, he served as co-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. In addition to his IP work, Arenz had been significantly involved in the firm’s pro bono initiatives, having served as chair of Pro Bono Committee from 2015 to 2018.  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 served 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.

Find more on the firm’s Benchmark Litigation rankings here.

Patrick M. Arenz


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