Kenny Matuszewski

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Place of Employment: Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

Practice Area: Intellectual Property and Patent Prosecution

Admission Year: 2016

CBA Involvement: YLS Project Officer; Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Blog Steering Committee; Co-Chair of the YLS Intellectual Property Committee; Euphonium and Tuba player in the Barrister’s Big Band and CBA Symphony Orchestra (“CBASO”)

A Paragraph Describing Your Professional Background: Kenneth “Kenny” Matuszewski is an Associate Counsel at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, where he focuses his practice on patent prosecution. Kenny also has extensive experience litigating software, electrical and mechanical patents in federal court and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A firm believer that learning is a lifelong process, Kenny graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University in December 2019. Previously, he double-majored in Biological Sciences and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He also received the YLS’ Rising Star Award for Leaders with Exceptional Promise in 2019.

A Paragraph Describing Your Interests When You Aren’t Billing or Blogging: When Kenny isn’t working or cheering on Notre Dame sports teams, he is often found rehearsing a piece for an upcoming concert on his euphonium or tuba. During the Christmas season, he can be found among hundreds of Chicagoland tuba players every year at Tuba Christmas. Finally, Kenny has never met a pizza he didn’t like, whether tavern-style or deep dish.

Best Thing About Being a Lawyer: As a lawyer, I am privileged to not only help my clients with their problems but also learn from them. Specifically, through my career in patent law, I have studied technologies ranging from video games to drones. I have always had a deep respect and love for innovation and the scientific process. Practicing patent law allows me to relieve innovators’ worries about the law and help them focus on what they do best: invent.

One unexpected benefit of being a lawyer is that you may be able to achieve some of your other childhood dreams. Growing up, my band class would go to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for field trips and I would daydream about playing on that stage. Twenty years later, I was able to do just that with the CBASO. I will never forget the thrill of stepping onto that stage and the chills I felt upon hearing the final chords of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. It will always be a highlight of both my legal career and my life.

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Pieces by Kenny:

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Subjecting You to Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Highway to the Discovery Zone – Small Claims Court 

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Making Cents Out of Diversity Jurisdiction

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Dueling Rules – Local vs. Federal

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Local Patent Rules

Committee Spotlight: Intellectual Property

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Alias Summons

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Requesting a Rehearing, Retrial or Reconsideration

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Case Dismissed, Bring in the Dancing Lobsters

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Joining Forces with FRCP 20

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Default Judgments: not the Default Proceeding

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Mastering the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Program

Perspectives on Professionalism: an Interview with Martin Sinclair, Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Summarizing Summary Judgment

Fundamentally Ornamental: the Art of Design Patents

2Civility’s The Future is Now 2.019 Conference: an Interview with David Douglass

Behind the Curtain: a Perspective on the Judicial Evaluation Committee

The Future is Now 2.019: Reforming the Cash Bail System with Robin Steinberg and the Bail Project

Ending Harassment, Bullying and Incivility in the Legal Profession with the Commission on Professionalism

The Future is Now 2.019: How MJ Cartwright Increases Access to Justice with Technology

The Future is Now 2.019: How April Faith-Slaker Uses Empirical Research to Solve Legal Problems

Design Patents Built Tough: ABPA v. Ford

Make Mine Music at the CBA

Solo Practitioners’ Perspectives: Michael Reed

The Astute Associate: How to Become a Thought Leader in Your Practice Area

40 Under Forty Feature: Michael Alkaraki

Solo Practitioners’ Perspectives: Octavio Duran

In-House Counsel Perspectives: Tanya Miari

From the Bench: Making History with the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer

From the Bench: How to Succeed as a Young Lawyer from the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer

YLS Intellectual Property Committee Presents: Beer, Wine, Spirits and the Law

Gatsby’s Speakeasy: Shining a Green Light on the Chicago Bar Foundation

40 Under Forty Feature: The Dynamic Duo Olivia and Jonathan Bedi

Solo Practitioners’ Perspectives: Odell Mitchell III