Raymond P. Niro, Jr.Founding Partner
RAYMOND P. NIRO, JR.
Admissions State Supreme Courts
US District Courts
- Northern District of Illinois
- Eastern District of Michigan
- District of Colorado
- Southern District of California
- Western District of Wisconsin
- Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Central District of Illinois
US Courts of Appeals
- Federal Circuit
- Fourth Circuit
Over the course of his career, Raymond, a founding member of the firm, has served as lead counsel in dozens of large and noteworthy cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation involving patent, trademark, trade dress and unfair competition claims.
FOR THE PLAINTIFF
Raymond won a $54 million jury verdict on October 5, 2015 for his client Black & Decker on the yellow and black trademark for the company’s DeWalt line of power tools. This is the largest trademark verdict in Illinois history. Raymond’s other multi-million dollar judgments include a patent case in which the jury awarded $2.1 million in damages and found willful infringement (allowing the court to increase the jury award to $6.3 million) even though he only asked the jury for a $1.9 million award. This verdict represented a royalty rate of 70% of defendants’ sales. In another high profile case, Raymond was retained by the Billy Goat Tavern in December 2003 to protect its famous “Cheezborger, Cheezborger” trademark against a Florida franchise that was expanding into the Chicagoland area. Shortly after the filing of the lawsuit, the Court entered a Consent Judgment Order permanently enjoining defendants from opening any restaurants within 125 miles of Chicago. Raymond has represented Weber Grill in major litigation involving utility patents, design patents and trade dress rights. Since the beginning of Raymond’s career, he has obtained more than $250 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
ON THE DEFENSE
Raymond has successfully handled patent infringement defense cases for B. Braun Medical, Stanley Black & Decker, Weber-Stephen Products, ValueClick (now Conversant), Lemko Corp. and others. In February 2014, Raymond defended Progressive Medical, Inc. in a jury trial involving elastomeric infusion pumps, filed by plaintiff Kimberly-Clark in the Central District of California. After the Court’s favorable pretrial rulings at the start of trial and Raymond’s opening statement to the jury (which was the subject of an article in the IP360 legal publication (http://www.law360.com/ip/articles/513697), Kimberly-Clark reached a mid-trial settlement with Progressive. Among his notable defense victories, Raymond convinced the Federal Circuit (on May 21, 2007) to affirm summary judgment of noninfringement in a landmark patent suit against Black & Decker, with sales of the accused string trimmer products exceeding $300 million. Raymond was lead counsel throughout the case, arguing the summary judgment motion before the District Court in Kentucky, as well as the appeal before the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. Raymond has also achieved favorable trademark defense decisions in separate actions involving Black & Decker’s Snakelight® flashlight and other trademarks.
In 2004 Raymond was selected as one of the “Top 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40″ by the Illinois Law Bulletin, which reviewed more than a thousand nominations and chose him as among the best lawyers in Illinois under 40. He is one of the only IP litigators ever included in this prestigious group. Raymond has been married for 25 years and has 5 children. He played rugby in college and currently participates in Crossfit events across the country. Raymond graduated from Indiana University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1991. As well as being involved in his litigation practice, Raymond taught litigation strategy at DePaul law school, and has been an invited panel speaker at several LES, Chicago Bar Association and other professional events. Before founding, Niro McAndrews, LLC, Raymond was a partner of Niro, Haller & Niro.