Professional Biography
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Christopher G. Hanewicz Partner

Firmwide Chair, Patent Litigation Practice

  • Madison

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    33 East Main Street, Suite 201

    Madison, WI 53703-3095




Christopher Hanewicz, firmwide Patent Litigation practice chair, is a partner in the Patent Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation practices. He has been involved in complex intellectual property litigations concerning both biotechnology and mechanical patents. He has extensive patent litigation trial experience, as well as experience in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. While Christopher’s practice includes experience across all of the major patent litigation dockets (e.g., N.D. Cal., C.D. Cal., E.D. Tex., D.D.C. and the Western District of Wisconsin), he has particular experience in trying cases in the “rocket docket” Western District of Wisconsin, where he has obtained favorable jury verdicts in all four of his patent litigation jury trials, with technology ranging from football helmets to a method of genotyping the hepatitis C virus.  

Christopher has also gained substantial experience in the damages side of intellectual property litigation, and one of his recent trials (on behalf of his client Riddell) resulted in the largest damages verdict in the history of the Western District of Wisconsin.

Christopher is also actively involved in the community, having been a member, and now president, of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund.  

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Ranked by Chambers USA Nine Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Recommended in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000, 2016 - 2020
  • Named Best Lawyers' Madison, "Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year," 2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 - 2020: Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Business Lawyers (Up and Coming)," 2008; “America’s Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers," 2011 - 2020
  • Listed in Wisconsin Super Lawyers, "Rising Star - Intellectual Property Litigation," 2006 - 2008

Professional Leadership

  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Wisconsin School for the Deaf Mock Trial Program, 1999 - present





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1999
  • Carleton College, B.A., cum laude, 1996