Richard W. Young, Retired Partner


Richard (Rick) Young helped clients compete by leveraging their brands and intellectual property to advance their larger business objectives. With more than three decades of experience, Rick litigated patent, trademark, and copyright actions in federal trial and appellate courts around the country, across a broad range of issues.

Much of Rick’s experience was in working with middle-market businesses, for which he not only litigated IP cases but counseled on the broader implications and opportunities of IP for their business and for strengthening the competitiveness of their brands and their products. Rick represented companies in diverse industries, including advertising, publishing, hardware, manufacturing, home furnishings and apparel.

Rick’s overarching goal was to help clients achieve their objectives. He was creative — a lateral thinker who saw the whole of his clients’ business and how he could help get them where they wanted to be in the marketplace.

Education and Honors

  • Indiana University–Maurer School of Law (J.D., 1981)
    • Indiana Law Journal (Executive Editor: 1980–1981)
  • Yale University (B.S., 1978)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional and Civic Activities

  • International Trademark Association (Chair of Legal Practice Resource Committee)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (Member)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (Member)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member of Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections)
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2007–2019, 2022, 2023: Trademark Law)
  • Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Leading Lawyers Network, 2017 (Copyright & Trademark, Intellectual Property)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers® (2005–2017: Intellectual Property Litigation)
  • Leading Lawyers Network member (Computer and Technology Law; Intellectual Property)
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