Cherny, Steven

Steven Cherny

Partner *
*Not yet admitted to The State Bar of Massachusetts


Steven Cherny is a partner in Quinn Emanuel's Boston office.  He was previously a partner at Kirkland and Ellis and at Latham and Watkins, where he was the Global Chair of the firm's IP Group. His practice focuses on patent litigation before the Federal Courts and the United States International Trade Commission.

Steve has been lead counsel in numerous high profile patent cases spanning technologies including telecommunications, medical devices, electronics, pharmaceuticals, financial and business methods and consumer products.  He has been honored by The American Lawyer, who twice named him Litigator of the Week.  Chambers recently described him as “brilliant” and a “very effective patent lawyer,” who draws praise for his “photographic memory of case law” and being “very good in front of juries and very good with judges.” IAM listed Steve as a “world leading patent professional” in 2017, stating "Steve Cherny is one of the most intellectual people doing this kind of work – a top guy. Because he is so smart, he's great in a bench trial, but he's also brilliant in front of a jury."

Steve has won some of the most important patent cases of the last decade, and holds the record for the largest recovery ever in a patent case – more than $2 billion.


  • ABB
  • Cisco
  • Convergex
  • C.R. Bard
  • MediaTek
  • Marvell
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Murata
  • NetGear
  • Open Invention Network


Lead trial counsel for C.R. Bard in a two-month jury trial before the District of Arizona where he obtained a verdict of willful infringement and damages of $185 million. The court doubled the damages and awarded Bard its attorneys' fees and entered an order mandating that Gore pay Bard 15-20 percent of its revenues on infringing products through the expiration of the asserted patent in 2019—one of the largest compulsory licenses ever. He successfully argued the appeal and the award currently stands at over $2 billion—one of the largest civil judgments ever.

Lead trial counsel for C.R. Bard in two-week jury trial before the District of Delaware where Gore sought a half billion dollars in damages.  Prevailed on all defenses with judgment of noninfringement on two grounds and invalidity on three grounds.

Lead trial counsel for Cisco against Arista Networks in landmark cases before the International Trade Commission that excluded all of Arista Networks’ products from importation into the United States.

Lead trial counsel for Medafor Inc. in the District of Delaware, and obtained rare preliminary injunction against competitor CryoLife that permanently put the competitor out of the market.

Obtained dismissal of all claims, and award of $51 million attorney fees, as lead counsel for the entire cable television equipment industry including, Cisco, Thomson and Motorola in a case commenced by Rembrandt before the District of Delaware in case alleging infringement of eight patents.

Obtained extremely favorable result in groundbreaking FRAND case as lead trial counsel for Cisco, Motorola Solutions and NetGear in the landmark multidistrict case of Innovatio IP LLC Patent Litigation. After a two week bench trial, the court set a Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (RAND) rate of 9.56 cents per Wi-Fi chip for a license to 19 patents essential to the 802.11 standard—a result lauded by industry and the bar. The case was recognized by the Financial Times as one of the most innovative litigations of the year and has been featured in numerous articles.

Lead counsel for Cisco in an action brought by Mosaid before the ITC. Mosaid alleged that Cisco infringed six patents and sought to have the ITC exclude numerous Cisco products from the U.S. market. After losing numerous pretrial motions and being sanctioned by the Commission, Mosaid agreed to dismiss its ITC case against Cisco the day before trial for no money. Steve also was lead counsel for Cisco in an action Chrimar commenced in the ITC. Mere weeks before trial, Chrimar, like Mosaid, gave up and dismissed its case for no money.

Lead counsel for K-12 in a case commenced by IPlearn against numerous educational software companies before the District of Delaware. After all the other defendants settled Steve successfully obtained summary judgment that the asserted IPlearn patent is invalid for failure to meet the requirements of 35 USC Section 101.


  • University of Chicago Law School
    (J.D., 1991)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    (B.S.M.E., 1987)


The State Bar of New York; Not yet admitted to the State Bar of Massachusetts (practicing under the direct supervision of members of the Massachusetts Bar); United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals: Federal Circuit; United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York


  •  Kirkland & Ellis:
    • Partner, 2008-2017

  • Latham & Watkins:
    • Global Chair of Intellectual Property, 2005-2008
    • Partner, 2004-2008

  • Fish & Neave:
    • Partner, 2000-2004


  • Listed as a “Top Intellectual Property Partner” by Chambers USA in 2016.
  • Included in “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” list in the 2016–2017 editions of Chambers Global.
  • Twice honored as The American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week for the weeks of October 8, 2015, and February 16,2012.
  • Featured in The National Law Journal’s “2014 Intellectual Property Hot List” for the Innovatio IP LLC Patent Litigation case, which was described as “a groundbreaking decision by U.S. District Court Judge James Holderman defining what it means for a patent to qualify as standard essential and how to determine its price—not to mention a bargain-basement settlement for Cisco.”


  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School
  • Member, District of Delaware IP advisory subcommittee
  • Member, Advisory Board of the MIT Museum