William D. Patterson


Bill represents corporate plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial litigation, typically with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes. Bill uses his extensive experience in both federal and state courts to represent his clients in a variety of matters, including trade secrets, trademark, patent, copyright and breach of contract disputes. With a reputation for working closely with his clients to understand their business, Bill enjoys working strategically with his clients to resolve their problems.

Bill leverages his experience in intellectual property litigation to help his clients understand their risks and to better protect their information.

Prior to joining the firm, Bill was general counsel for Business Logic Holding Corporation, a financial technology company. In addition to overseeing the company’s day-to-day legal needs, Bill managed all aspects of bet-the-company trade secrets litigation against Morningstar, Inc. The matter resolved on the eve of trial with one of the largest monetary trade secrets settlements in Illinois history.

Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of Chicago Lights, a Chicago-based not for profit that addresses issues related to urban poverty.


Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services
Class Action Defense
Entertainment and Media Law
General Trial Practice
Data Protection and Information Privacy



Chicago, August 28, 2019
Patterson Speaks on Litigation Finance
Patterson and fellow panelists will offer "A Case Study: How Litigation Funding Saved A Business."

Chicago, April 3, 2019
Patterson Speaks on Data Privacy at DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal Symposium
This year's symposium will focus on "Innovation, Technology, and Developments in the Legal Landscape."

Chicago, January 16, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers for 2019
Those designated Leading Lawyers were recommend by their peers to be among the top lawyers in Illinois.

Chicago, October 22, 2018
Patterson Addresses Legal Realities in a Virtual World at 2112 Tech Summit
Patterson led "a discussion of known-knowns and known-unknowns in immersive tech."

Chicago, June 21, 2016
IP Newsletter: How the Defense of Trade Secrets Act Impacts Your Business
The Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group has released its June newsletter.

Chicago, March 28, 2016
Patterson Speaks at SuperConference on Litigation Finance
Patterson, who was formerly General Counsel at Business Logic, will speak on litigation finance.

Chicago, January 21, 2016
Patterson Authors "Above the Law" Article on Litigation Finance
Patterson discusses three ways litigation finance changes an attorney's job, inside and out.

Chicago, January 18, 2016
Becker, Patterson Lead Tech Talk on New Media
The talk is hosted at 2112, Chicago's first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technology.

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