Freedman, Douglas A.

Douglas A. Freedman

Retired Partner

Doug Freedman retired from the partnership in December 2016. His practice focused on intellectual property cases, including patent and trade dress matters. He also has been lead counsel on a wide variety of complex cases involving antitrust, trade secret, franchise, dealer termination and creditors' rights issues. Mr. Freedman has appeared in courts across the country, has argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has tried a number of felony criminal matters in bench and jury trials.

His experience also includes a stint as a trial lawyer in the Office of the Public Defender of Cook County. At the time of his retirement, he was admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and numerous United States District Courts, including the Trial Bar of the USDC for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Freedman has achieved highly favorable results at the trial court level and on appeal for his clients in their most important intellectual property litigation. He has litigated patents covering polymer compositions, oxygen-scavenging plastic containers, fuel injection systems for diesel engines, child-resistant closures, pharmaceutical containers, specialty valves for food service use and medical devices used in neurosurgery.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. Freedman was active in the firm's pro bono program and was a member of the Litigation, Intellectual Property and Antitrust Sections of the American Bar Association.


  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 1985
  • BS, Western Michigan University, 1981