Graham is a partner at Global IP Law Group, LLC.  His wide and varied experience in the intellectual-property field includes testifying and speaking on patent monetization before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, and as an expert witness. IAM Magazine included him on its list of the world's 300 leading IP strategists every year since 2012. He has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois and, for the last eight years, designated as a Super Lawyer.  He also is a frequent speaker, both at conferences and in the press, on IP issues. 

Graham counsels clients in a wide array of intellectual-property and technology-related matters.  He represents clients in litigation in the district courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission and works with clients to license their intellectual property without resorting to the courts.  He also sells patents and trade secrets for his clients and, in one engagement, achieved possibly the highest per-family price ever paid in the industry ($37.5M).  Based on his successes in patent monetization, Graham often advises an array of financial interests considering investments in patent assets and patent enforcement.  Graham also advises on data-privacy issues.

He is experienced with many technologies, including telecommunications, consumer electronics, digital imaging, data networking, optical transmission, computer architecture, circuits and semiconductors, software, textile manufacturing, and biotechnology.

Immediately before joining Global IP, Graham served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. In that position, he vice-chaired the Justice Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and was appointed Deputy U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement, a body devoted to anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting initiatives. He also managed a portfolio of technology-related and national-security issues for the Deputy Attorney General, including international data privacy regulation, computer forensics, information sharing, biometric data collection and management, and the Department’s participation in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), the body that reviews foreign acquisitions of U.S. technology for national-security concerns. Graham held the U.S. government's highest level of security clearance. Finally, during his tenure, Graham was appointed Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia and was lead counsel on multiple successful criminal jury trials.

Before that experience, Graham spent nine years in the Intellectual Property group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a partner focused on IP litigation.

Graham received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago law school, where he was an editor on the University of Chicago Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Graham received his B.A., with honors and cum laude, from Williams College.

He is admitted to the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal courts of appeals of the 5th, 7th and Federal Circuits, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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