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David Charles Brezina, American lawyer, educator.


Brezina, David Charles was born on September 11, 1953 in Berwyn, Illinois, United States. Son of John Charles and Virginia (Nelson) Brezina.


Juris Doctor with honors, Chicago-Kent Law School, 1978. Master of Laws in Intellectual Property, John Marshall Law School, 1988.


Associate Brezina & Buckingham, Professional Corporation, Chicago, 1978—1987, Myers and Ehrlich, Ltd., 1987—1990. Associate counsel Lee, Mann, Smith, McWilliams, Sweeney & Ohlson, Chicago, 1990—1991, partner, 1991—2003, chairman management committee, 1997. Partner Barnes and Thornburg, LLP, since 2003.

Adjunct professor John Marshall Law School, Chicago, since 1992, chairman selection committee Gerald Rose Legal Writing, 1998. Instructor Columbia College, Chicago, 1983—1992.


  • Bar: Illinois 1978, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1978, United States District Court (northern district) Indiana 1988, United States District Court (western district) Wisconsin 2006, United States Court Appeals (7th circuit) 1978, United States Court Appeals (federal circuit) 1982, United States Court Customs and Patent Appeals 1980, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 2000, Trial Bar (northern district) Illinois 1982, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1981, registered: (patent attorney).


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Cases and Materials on Intellectual Property Law for AEMMP, 1984. Author: (with others) Management Handbook for Intellectual Property and Law, 1987, Antitrust and Misuse Aspects of Intellectual Property Law, 1987. Guest commentator Columbia College Chronicle, 1984, patentee composite vehicle manufacturer, 1985, railway freight car shoe, 1991.

      Contributor articles on trademarks to professional publications.


Incorporator Concerned Citizens of Brookfield, Illinois, 1976. Election troubleshooter Project LEAP, Chicago, 1977—1998, director, 1993—1995. Member staff Dick Clark Senate Campaign, Marion, Iowa, 1972.

Intern 66th Iowa General Assembly, Des Moines, 1975. Member of American Bar Association, Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (chair legal education committee 1997, antitrust committee since 2001), Chicago Bar Association (chair patents trademarks & copyright committee 1993-1994), Illinois State Bar Association, Society Naval Architect and Marine Engineers (associate), Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, Lincoln Park Rugby Football Club (assistant coach 1981-1982), Union League Club, Chicago Area Rugby Football Union (discipline chairman 1980-1981).


John Charles Brezina

Virginia (Nelson) Brezina