Olivia T. Luk
Niro Haller & Niro
Intellectual property
40 Under Class – 2014

Olivia T. Luk is an intellectual property litigator with a tireless work ethic.

Luk, 36, graduated from the American University Washington College of Law. She now focuses on patent litigation as a shareholder at Niro, Haller & Niro in Chicago.

Luk regularly handles cases involving complex technological matters for individual inventors and small companies throughout the country.

In the past six years, Luk has been directly involved with over a dozen significant litigations before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and other federal courts around the country, preparing complaints, drafting infringement contentions, taking/defending depositions, briefing and arguing motions, presenting technical tutorials, and arguing claim construction in patent cases. She also has briefed and argued a patent appeal before the Federal Circuit.

Luk has a chemistry degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and experience as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Luk not only is a successful litigator. Luk also spearheaded efforts to form a highly respected chapter of the American Inns of Court, called the Richard Linn American Inn of Court of Chicago.

Sarah E. Dale, Corporate Counsel for McDonald’s Corporation, met Olivia through the Richard Linn American Inn of Court about five years ago. Dale served on the executive board of the “Linn Inn” with Luk, and served on the International Trademark Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee with Luk.

Dale applauded Luk’s drive and commitment to bring IP attorneys together through a highly respected organization.

Meredith Martin Addy of Katten Muchin Rosenman has known Luk since 2006, in addition to watching her grow the “Linn Inn of Court”.  Addy witnesses Luk’s ability up close, as she helped her prepare for an argument in front of the United States Court of Appeals. Addy said, “Olivia is one of the most talented and creative lawyers I know.” Addy continued, “She exudes the ability to think on her feet and put the client’s best argument on record.”

Others agree with Addy’s assessment.   

Robert Hart, a partner with The Eclipse Group, LLC, also met Luk through the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. “Olivia is an extremely talented attorney who is always willing to take time to provide advice, encouragement, and mentorship to those around her,” Hart said. “Olivia has a way of bringing out the very best in others as she seeks to infuse her passions into those around her. I have personally witnessed her handle challenging assignments and issues in fast paced high stress situations; still, she maintains a calming presence that brings out the best in the people around her.”

A Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit praised Luk’s accomplishments.

“She exhibits the highest standards of professional integrity and dedication to civility, ethics, and professionalism,” the judge said.

Luk has dedicated countless hours of her time to pro bono work. This dedication started while she was a young patent attorney working at the firm Jenner & Block, Luk volunteered to represent a Chicago high school student charged with first-degree felony murder in People v. Shannon. Robert L. Byman a partner at Jenner & Block supervised Luk on the case, had this to say on the difficult case Luk volunteered to handle, “This was a tough case, and I confess I wondered whether Olivia was up to the challenge. Boy, was she. Olivia dove into this case with a passion I have never seen before.”  Byman continued, “She poured heart and soul into it.  She gave our client the best possible defense.  And she brought credit to our profession in the process.”

Luk is involved with the Federal Circuit Bar Association and The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.  She also serves on the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.