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Edward Bobrick

Hon. Edward A. Bobrick (Ret.)

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Debra Lewis
T: 612-332-8225
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333 So. Seventh St., Ste. 2550, Minneapolis, MN 55402-2470


Hon. Edward A. Bobrick (Ret.), a highly experienced and well regarded trial judge, has over the course of fourteen years as a Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and later as a Court-appointed Special Master, handled all aspects of intellectual property cases, from discovery supervision through disposition, involving patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark and trade name/ trade dress matters.

In addition he has mediated through to settlement numerous and varied intellectual property cases.

Representative Matters

  • Patents: As a federal judge and Special Master, he has adjudicated a wide range of patent infringement issues, including Markman hearings. 
    • UT Starcom Inc. v. Starent Networks, Corp.  2009 WL 3122554 (Internet communication equipment and services)
    • BorgWarner, Inc. v. New Venture Gear, Inc., 237 F. Supp. 2d 919 (N.D. Ill. 2002) (electronically controlled transmission transfer case) 
  • Trade Secrets: Both as a federal judge and Special Master he has handled, from discovery to judgment, numerous cases dealing with trade secret and claims of misappropriation.
    • UT Starcom v. Starent Networks Corp. 675 F. Supp 854 (N.D Ill. 2009)
    • Web Communication Group Inc. v. Gateway 2000 FRD 108 (ND Ill. 1995)
    • UT Starcom v. Starent Networks Corp. 2009 WL 490857
  • Copyright: Mediated and presided over copyright disputes involving a wide array of businesses
    • Syscom Inc. v. Vehicle Valuation Services 274 F. Supp 2d .975 (N.D Ill 2003)
  • Trade Name/ Trade Dress/Trademark: While in the District Court these types of cases were regularly on his docket or before him for mediation.
    • Bixby’s Food System v. Jan and Phillip McKay 985 F. Supp. 802 (N.D. Ill 1997)
  • Distinguished Service Career Award, United States Department of Labor, 1978
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Member: Federal Magistrate Judges Association, Association of the United States Navy, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, Federal Bar Association, Decalogue Society of Lawyers Bar Association, Naval Order of the United States, The National Association of Destroyer Veterans, Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, and American Legion
  • FAA Commercial Rated Pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS, Inc., 2004-present
  • Mediator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, 2007
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1990-2004
  • Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Administration, 1985-1990
  • Administrative Law Judge, United States Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, 1978-1985
  • Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, Chicago Regional Office, 1966-1978: Counsel for Occupational Safety & Health, 1975-1978; Trial Lawyer, 1966-1975
  • Private Practice, Freeman, Freeman & Haas, 1965
  • United States Navy, 1958-1988: Commissioned Ensign on active duty; later designated as Surface Warfare Officer; graduate of Naval War College; selected as Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of many Naval Reserve units; retired with rank of Captain
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1964
  • B.S., University of Illinois, 1958

Counsel Comments

    • "He's extremely hard working, diligent and committed. He epitomizes a judge. He has an outstanding reputation among members of the Bar. He is always prepared."
    • "He is very knowledgeable in the civil area."
    • "...He's intellectually honest and has a great temperament."
    • “He takes a realistic approach to litigation.”
    • “He is very fair-minded and very practical. He has outstanding ability.”
    • “He is someone with the ideal judicial temperament.”
    • “He is interactive and works well with the attorneys.”
    • “He is very good at working out settlements; he is one of the best. He knows the techniques of mediation and has an intuitive ability.”



Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Federal Judge
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Securities


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