R. David Donoghue

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R. David Donoghue is a trial attorney and the co-leader of Holland & Knight's Intellectual Property Group, focusing his almost two decades of experience upon intellectual property litigation and particularly upon patent disputes. Mr. Donoghue's most recent trial experience includes a jury verdict finding of willfulness, a full trebling of damages and a full award of attorney's fees in the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Donoghue has also been chosen as lead trial counsel in RPXIS’s insurance program defending companies against non-practicing entities.

In addition to his focus defending retailers and their supply chains against non-practicing entities, Mr. Donoghue’s practice spans diverse technology areas, including internet technologies, cellular telephony, computer software, WiFi, pharmaceuticals, automotive technologies, electrical technologies, television production equipment, nutritional supplements and numerous medical devices.

Mr. Donoghue was previously with Delphi, the world's largest automotive supplier, where he was a founding member of Delphi's Technology Licensing and Litigation Group and handled substantial international intellectual property litigation and licensing matters. 

Mr. Donoghue has been recommended in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 since 2014. The 2017 write-up states “David Donoghue is a retail guru who understands the commercial drivers of the industry, as well as the technology that underpins it. Clients trust him because he makes it explicitly clear what is at stake and what it may cost them, and excels at finding solutions.” Mr. Donoghue has served as an adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching legal research and writing and intellectual property courses. At the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Donoghue served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gordon J. Quist, federal district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Patent Law, 2015-2018; Litigation - Patent, 2016-2018; Litigation - Intellectual Property 
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property magazine, Patent Contentious, Trademark Contentious, and Licensing, 2013-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2018
  • IAM Patent 1000, the World’s Leading Patent Professionals - Litigation, International Asset Management magazine, 2014-2017
  • Chicago's Rising Stars: 40 Under 40, The National Law Journal, 2013
  • Current Developments Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Chicago Bar Association Herman Kogan Media Award
  • Chicago Business Lawyer magazine 2010 40 and Under 40, 2010


  • PTAB Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Law360 Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board
  • University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Alumni Association, Board Member