Mr. Kearney is a litigation partner in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins. As a member of the firm's global Intellectual Property Practice, he has more than 25 years of experience as a patent litigator and trial lawyer. Mr. Kearney represents a broad range of companies, from major international corporations to venture-backed startups. He has provided counsel to both defendants and plaintiffs in bench and jury trials and mediations across the United States and internationally. Mr. Kearney has particular expertise in both the life sciences and information technology industries.
In the life sciences field, Mr. Kearney has represented clients in matters pertaining to:
- Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
- Molecular diagnostics and DNA sequencing
For the second largest US generic pharmaceutical company, he led seven concurrent litigations including a successful trial resulting the launch of the first generic version of the product at issue with US sales of US$350 million.
In the information technology field, Mr. Kearney has represented clients in matters pertaining to:
- Chip fabrication and electronic design automation
- Software and internet-related applications
For a venture-backed startup, he successfully led an international, multi-firm defense of his client’s patent portfolio involving actions in the US Patent Office, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the High Court of England, San Francisco Superior Court and the Northern District of California.
Mr. Kearney's pro bono experience includes inmate civil rights and human trafficking cases.
The Daily Journal named Mr. Kearney as one of the "Top 75 Intellectual Property Lawyers in California." Martindale-Hubbell awarded him an AV Peer Review Rating. He has also been recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation by Law & Politics Magazine.