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Straka, Brianne
Direct Tel: +1 312-705-7415, Direct Fax: +1 312-705-7401
Tel: +1 312 705 7400 Fax: +1 312 705 7401

Brianne Straka is a co-managing partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Chicago office.  Her practice focuses on high-stakes complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes with an emphasis on high-tech patent litigation.  She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in federal courts as well as at the International Trade Commission.

Brianne has examined witnesses at trial, argued extensively in federal courts around the country, and deposed technical experts and corporate executives.  Brianne has worked on numerous cases involving complex intellectual property issues, including FRAND licensing, standards setting, patent exhaustion, antitrust, and unfair competition.  Her cases have dealt with a wide variety of technologies and industries, including disputes concerning memory design, power control circuitry, cellular communications, spinal implants, polyethylene implants, antivirus software, backup and recovery software, drug eluting stents, medical infusion pumps, queuing software, flameless candles, temporary stadium seating, and clothing design.  

Brianne has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.  Brianne is an active member of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law where she serves on the executive board of the Chicago Chapter and as a Co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee.

During law school, Brianne participated in the law school’s Supreme Court Clinic where she assisted with petitions for certiorari and merits briefs for clients with cases before the United States Supreme Court.  She also gained oral advocacy skills through participation in the law school’s Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition.  

Prior to law school, Brianne designed and developed software for enterprise document management systems at a consulting firm in Chicago.

  • Alcatel-Lucent USA
  • Allscripts
  • Commvault
  • Energy Conversion Devices Trust
  • DJO Global
  • IBM
  • Life Spine
  • Nokia of America Corporation
  • Qualcomm
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Verizon
  • Represented Alcatel Lucent and AT&T in $100 million patent case resulting in a complete victory before a jury in an Eastern District of Texas patent infringement lawsuit where the jury found all of the asserted claims not infringed and invalid for anticipation, obviousness, and lack of written description.  After the verdict, the Court awarded attorneys’ fees in Defendants’ favor related to a discovery issue in the case.
  • Represented Qualcomm in multiple patent infringement cases against Apple in the Southern District of California and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.  At the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Administrative Law Judge found Apple infringed Qualcomm’s patent and recommended a limited exclusion order against the accused Apple products.
  • Representing Nokia against the University of Minnesota in patent infringement case pending in the District of Minnesota, in which University of Minnesota asserts patents that allegedly read on the 4G and 5G standards.
  • Representing Nokia against Finesse Wireless in a patent infringement case pending in the Eastern District of Texas in which Finesse alleges infringement of two patents related to passive intermodulation cancellation (PIMC) technology.
  • Representing the Energy Conversion Devices Trust in a bankruptcy matter pending in the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Representing Life Spine in a patent infringement case pending in the District of Delaware against a competitor in the field of spinal implants.
  • Represented Commvault in patent disputes in the District of Delaware against industry competitors involving enterprise data management solutions.
  • Represented DJO Global in a patent infringement dispute in the Southern District of California involving patents direct to methods for manufacturing polyethylene implants.
  • Represented Nokia in a patent dispute in the Eastern District of Texas against Sol IP where Sol IP alleged infringement of over a dozen patents by Nokia base stations.  Obtained summary judgment of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 251.
  • Represented Nokia in a patent dispute in the Eastern District of Texas against Intellectual Ventures in a case relating to telecommunications.
  • Represented Symantec Corporation against Finjan in patent litigation in the Northern District of California, in which Finjan asserted eight patents relating to computer security technology.
  • Represented International Business Machines and Softlayer Technologies in a patent infringement case in the Northern District of Texas relating to data center technology.
  • Represented Allscripts in a case in Florida state court in a case involving allegations of fraud and unfair competition.
  • Represented Symantec Corporation in several cases with respect to patents covering backup and recovery software.
  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
    • Northwestern University Law Review:
      • Executive Colloquy Editor, 2008-2009
      • Staff Member, 2007-2008
  • University of Notre Dame
  • (B.S., Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, 2004)
  • The State Bar of Illinois
  • United States District Court:
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • Eastern District of Texas
    • Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Courts of Appeals:
    • Federal Circuit
  • Registered to Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office



  • McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.:
    • Associate, 2009-2013
  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2018-19