Paul Vickrey

Founding Partner

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Paul Vickrey graduated from the University of Illinois in 1977. He received his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1980, where he was a member of the Law Journal. 

He has won a multitude of jury trials in federal and state courts throughout the country, the most notable of which was a fraud trial that resulted in a $100 million verdict against W.R. Grace. In 2005, Paul won coast-to-coast jury verdicts of patent infringement (one of them willful) in just 21 days. (Acumed v. Stryker (D. Ore.) and Colassi v. Cybex (D. Mass.))


Paul was lead trial counsel in a trade secret misappropriation case in Seattle against Key Tronic Corporation where he won a $19.2 million judgment for two inventors from Argentina who invented a computer mouse for concurrent pointing and scrolling.


With Ray Niro, Paul tried: Sufrin v. Hosier, a jury trial in which they defeated a $70 million claim brought against noted patent lawyer Gerald Hosier and C & F Packing v. IBP, a jury trial in which they won an $11 million judgment against IBP for misappropriation of trade secrets.


In addition to handling IP and business tort cases, Paul has taken on many discrimination and pro bono cases in his career.  Significant victories include: Smith v. Dovenmuhle Mortgage, the first AIDS discrimination case under the ADA, and Hall v. Red Lobster, a case involving the discriminatory termination of a gay manager. In June of 2017, Paul won a murder trial for a client who has been sitting in Cook County jail as a pre-trial detainee for five years and eight months. 


Paul served on the Editorial Board of The Business Tort Reporter from 1993-2010; he was President of the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago from 1990-1993. He serves on the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Subcommittee for the drafting of pattern jury instructions for patent cases. He also served on the committee which worked with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in drafting the Local Patent Rules.

In May of 2018, Chief Judge Ruben Castillo presented Paul with an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service. 

Paul has been selected as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2018, and eleven prior years. In 2018, Managing Intellectual Property magazine named Paul an "IP Star." 

Vitale, Vickrey, Niro, Solon & Gasey LLP