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Graham is a recognized authority in the patent field, having been invited to testify before Congress and speak before the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission on patent issues. In both 2014 and 2013, IAM Magazine included him on its list of the world's 300 leading IP strategists. He has been named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois and, for the last three years, designated as a Super Lawyer.

Graham works on all aspects of clients’ efforts to monetize patents, including sales, licensing, and litigation. He is experienced with many technologies, including telecommunications, consumer electronics, digital imaging, data networking, optical transmission, computer architecture, circuits and semiconductors, software, and biotechnology. One of Graham’s notable achievements was the successful sale in 2012 of two patent portfolios on behalf of his client, Aware, Inc., for a combined $91 million. Aware's market capitalization immediately prior to the announcement of these transactions was just $77 million.

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. He also managed a portfolio of technology-related and national-security issues for the Deputy Attorney General, including 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 specializing in patent 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.

Mr. Gerst’s legal activities outside of the office include serving on the Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and on the Advisory Board of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology at DePaul University Law School.  He is a frequent speaker, both at conferences and in the press, on IP issues, and he also taught trial advocacy at the University of Chicago Law School.  In his non-legal capacity, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Foundation for Education (former Chair) and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.  He is a past Chair of the Metro Board of Metropolitan Family Services.


  • 29 June 2012: Quoted in "Apple gains ground on legal front with patent win, Samsung injunction," Mobile Marketer
  • 26 June 2012: Quoted in "Does dismissal of Apple, Motorola suits have implications for other patent cases?," Mobile Marketer
  • 24 March 2012: Speaker on "Offensive and Defensive Patent Portfolio Acquisition: Is Google Getting It Right?" at the American Bar Association's Spring Meeting in Las Vegas, NV
  • 13 December 2011: Quoted in “Apple vs. Android,” National Law Journal
  • 26 September 2011: Quoted in “It’s the Chips, Not the Cards,” Managing IP Magazine
  • 8 September 2011: Speaker on “Patent Considerations in Technology Transfers” at International Symposium on Intellectual Property, Krakow, Poland
  • 25 May, 2010: Speaker on “Managing IP Assets” at 2010 Corporate Intellectual Property Law Conference, Chicago, IL
  • 8 August 2008: Speaker on “The U.S. Justice Department’s Role in Protecting Intellectual Property Rights,” at Conference on IP Law Enforcement Protection, Baltimore, MD
  • 28 March 2008: Speaker on “Working with the U.S. Justice Department to Protect Your IP” at Technology and Innovation Conference, San Jose, CA
  • 19 February 2008: Speaker on “The Advice-of-Counsel Defense” at 2008 Corporate Intellectual Property Law Conference, Chicago, IL
  • 11 April 2007: Speaker on “Effective Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution to Achieve the Best Results for Your Client” at Law Bulletin Case Valuation Seminar, Chicago, IL
  • 18 October 2006: Speaker on “Protecting Your Innovation Through Intellectual Property” at University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago, IL
  • August 2006: Speaker on “Damage Control – How to Obtain and Limit Damages in Trademark and Advertising Cases” at the Kirkland & Ellis Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Law Seminar, Chicago, IL
  • May 2005: Speaker on “Phillips v. AWH: The Federal Circuit’s En Banc Review of the Claim Construction Process” at the Kirkland & Ellis Technology & Law Seminar, Chicago, IL