Matthew Walch, a litigation partner in the Chicago office, represents clients in complex commercial and intellectual property related litigation.
Mr. Walch represents Fortune 500 companies and leading organizations in litigation related to:
- Complex commercial disputes
- Intellectual property
- Unfair competition
He draws on extensive experience litigating matters to successful resolution in federal and state courts and before US and international arbitration panels. He regularly resolves litigation through both interlocutory and dispositive motion practice as well as at trial.
Complementing his litigation work, Mr. Walch routinely counsels clients to develop strategies and processes to prevent litigation, especially in the areas of intellectual property, trade secrets and related employment issues
Mr. Walch has extensive experience managing trademark and copyright prosecution and licensing efforts throughout the world and negotiating with owners and collective management organizations regarding copyright and licensing matters.
Mr. Walch is admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits, and US District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, Western District of Wisconsin, Eastern District of Michigan, and District of Colorado.
Mr. Walch frequently writes and speaks on IP and trademark issues.
Mr. Walch is a Past President of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, an American Inn of Court consisting of over 160 Chicago-area judges, in-house and outside counsel, academics, and students focused on intellectual property law. He received the 2017 Linn Inn Alliance Distinguished Service Medal for his contributions to the American Inns of Court movement. Mr. Walch is also a member of the Intellectual Property section of the American Bar Association and the International Trademark Association.
As part of the firm’s commitment to the community, Mr. Walch regularly works with Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic of Chicago, and their clients on a pro bono basis. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse America and Legal Aid Society.