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Kris Leftwich is a partner in intellectual property and technology law with Sidley Austin LLP, a full-service international law firm.  Kris’s interest in technology law began during law school at Duke University when he helped form a medical device startup to compete in the Duke Startup Challenge.  

After graduating, Kris spent eleven years representing global technology companies in complex patent litigation across the United States.  Now, Kris leverages that experience and a deep understanding gained from years of litigation to help startups, emerging companies, and investors evaluate intellectual property portfolios and implement strategies to protect and support the innovations, data, and brands that give clients a competitive edge.