Matthew Satchwell
DLA Piper LLP
Intellectual property
40 Under Class – 2014

Matthew Satchwell is a Chicago-based trial attorney who has impressed colleagues and clients both nationally and internationally.

Satchwell, 33, is a partner in DLA Piper, LLP’s Chicago office specializing in patent litigation. He represents clients in the automotive device, semiconductor, integrated circuit, navigation, mobile communication devices, power electronics and communications technology areas.

At a young age, Satchwell has already experienced great success in court in complex intellectual property cases. He routinely litigates in a variety of Federal District Courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern District of California, the District of Delaware and the District of New Jersey.

Satchwell, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, also has extensive experience in Section 337 patent investigations before the International Trade Commission, where he has won several cases on behalf of some of the world’s largest technology companies.

As an example of some of his work, Satchwell served as lead counsel in one of the first inter partes reviews (IPR) filed under the new America Invents Act. He is one of the relatively few attorneys in the country who has argued and won an IPR hearing at the Patent Trials and Appeals Board.

Satchwell’s colleagues consider him a great litigator, commending his “impressive ability to run a major international litigation.”

Texas-based Attorney Eric H. Findlay, of Findlay Craft, P.C., has worked with Satchwell on several patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas.

“In my observation while working with Matt, I have found he is exceptionally brilliant, determined and a remarkably proficient attorney,” Findlay said. “In several of the matters we have worked together, Matt showed tremendous expertise in his ability to formulate an effective and efficient strategy to resolve issues in a speedy manner which far exceeded our clients’ expectations.”

Tokyo, Japan-based Attorney Hiro Nakada, with Shibata, Suzuki & Nakada, first met Satchwell nearly a decade ago when they both worked at Kirkland & Ellis. The two men tried a major jury trial for Rohm Co. Ltd. in the Eastern District of Texas. After that, Nakada returned to Tokyo, and Satchwell moved to his current firm.

“As a young associate, Matt was an incredible trial lawyer,” Nakada said. “In the Rohm case, I worked closely with Matt, who was responsible for learning and presenting the complicated circuit technology to a judge and jury in East Texas.”

Nakada said Satchwell was able to efficiently handle complex technical and legal matters on a tight schedule, much to the client’s satisfaction.

“Matt has an impressive ability to run a major international litigation,” Nakada said. “Several times, I found a Japanese document relevant to a certain issue in the litigation, and Matt immediately found the best way to utilize such facts to the client’s maximum advantage. Matt has developed a unique and widespread reputation in Japan for such a young American attorney.”

California-based attorney Charles S. Kim, corporate counsel for Satchwell’s client Mazda Motor of America, Inc., has worked with Satchwell since 2011, and they have worked on seven patent litigation cases together. He commended Satchwell’s ability to quickly resolve complex legal issues, and said Satchwell is currently managing all the patent work for both Mazda and several other major automakers.

Satchwell is a frequent speaker at various conferences and seminars in the U.S. and abroad, having presented most recently at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in August 2013, the Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation in April 2013, and DLA Piper’s Global Patent Symposium in Tokyo, Japan in November 2013. In his free time, Satchwell enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and their two young children and playing competitive rugby for the Chicago Westside Condors Rugby Club.