Matthew W. Walch

  • Partner
  • Ematthew.walch@lw.com
  • 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800
  • Chicago, IL 60611
  • USA
  • T +1.312.876.7603
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Profile

Matthew Walch, a litigation partner in the Chicago office, represents clients in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Walch represents Fortune 500 companies and leading organizations in litigation related to:

  • Complex commercial disputes
  • Intellectual property
  • Unfair competition
  • Advertising
  • Employment

He draws on over 25 years of experience litigating matters to successful resolution in federal and state courts and before US and international arbitration panels. He regularly resolves litigation through both interlocutory and dispositive motion practice as well as at trial.

Complementing his litigation work, Mr. Walch routinely counsels clients to develop strategies and processes to prevent litigation, especially in the areas of intellectual property, and related restrictive covenant employment issues. In 2020, the World Trademark Review 1000 recognized Mr. Walch as “[e]xperienced throughout all phases of litigation, including trial” and an “anchor” of the firm’s unfair competition practice.

Mr. Walch also manages trademark and copyright prosecution and licensing efforts throughout the world and regularly negotiates with owners and collective management organizations regarding copyright and licensing matters.

Mr. Walch is admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the Second, Third and Seventh Circuits, and US District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, Western District of Wisconsin, Eastern District of Michigan, and District of Colorado.

Mr. Walch frequently writes and speaks on IP issues.

Leadership

Mr. Walch is a Past President of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court, an American Inn of Court consisting of over 160 Chicago-area judges, in-house and outside counsel, academics, and students focused on intellectual property law. He received the 2017 Linn Inn Alliance Distinguished Service Medal for his contributions to the American Inns of Court movement. Mr. Walch is also a member of the Intellectual Property section of the American Bar Association and the International Trademark Association.

As part of the firm’s commitment to the community, Mr. Walch works with Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic of Chicago, and their clients on a pro bono basis. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse America and the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services.

Experience

Mr. Walch’s experience includes advising:  

  • ACS Carbon Solutions: Managed defense of trade secret misappropriation claims relating to the construction of an activated carbon production facility in a three-week arbitration hearing in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aon: Served as lead counsel for insurer in connection with its assertion of claims for trade secret misappropriation and breach of various non-competition covenants; negotiated comprehensive settlement agreement resolving all claims favorably
  • Aon Hewitt: Served as lead counsel in trade secret misappropriation case; obtained expedited injunctive relief preserving client’s proprietary information
  • Dalton: Defending client in trade secret misappropriation litigation arising from its hiring of two former employees from one of its competitors; successfully defeated motion for preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin the continued employment of the former employees and otherwise engage in the use of alleged confidential information
  • Eddie Bauer: Served as lead defense counsel in trademark infringement case; secured favorable settlement resulting in dismissal of all claims
  • Frazier Healthcare Ventures: Served as lead counsel in commercial contract arbitration; secured US$11 million final award for client
  • General Electric: Managed defense of various litigation matters involving trademark and products liability issues
  • GoSecure: Defended GoSecure and certain individual defendants in trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract; Defeated temporary restraining order motion and subsequently negotiated settlement of all claims
  • Hyatt Hotels: Assisted on a broad range of intellectual property and complex litigation matters
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan North America: Served as lead counsel on trademark infringement matters in various federal district courts, including litigation in the Eastern District of Michigan pursuant to which Nissan secured favorable settlement against another global automobile manufacturer
  • Orbitz, LLC: Obtained summary judgment in federal district court in Delaware dismissing all claims in case involving breach of technology license agreement
  • Owens-Illinois Inc. and Affiliates: Obtained injunctive relief and final award of over US$31 million in international arbitration arising from joint venture dispute
  • Pharma Logistics Ltd.: Served as lead counsel in successful defense of “bet the company” copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation case
  • ProQuest LLC: Acted as counsel in multi- defendant class action copyright infringement litigation; successfully obtained reversal of Second Circuit decision regarding class action settlement in the US Supreme Court
  • SS&C Technologies: Represented software company in pursuit of trade secret misappropriation claims in Illinois and Connecticut state courts against former employees charged with taking and disseminating trade secrets to a competitor
  • Steak ‘n Shake: Served as lead counsel in copyright infringement case in which federal district court in Illinois granted Rule 12 motion to dismiss copyright infringement claim relating to one of the client’s television ads
  • United States Soccer Federation: Served as lead counsel in various trademark infringement and unfair competition matters; helped secure summary judgment for the Federation in one of its commercial contract disputes

Thought Leadership

  • New Restrictions on Non-Competes and Non-Solicits: What Employers Should Know -  December 28, 2021
  • Supreme Court: “Generic.com” Trademarks May Be Registered if Consumers Do Not Perceive Them as Generic -  July 29, 2020
  • Supreme Court: Willfulness Not Required for Profits Awards in Trademark Infringement Actions -  May 06, 2020
  • Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes Congress -  April 28, 2016
  • Trademark Tacking: Supreme Court Decides Who Decides -  February 5, 2015
  • POM Wonderful Decision: Companies Cannot Rely on FDCA for Protection from False Advertising Liability -  June 30, 2014
  • 5 Steps For Ill. Employers Post-Fifield -  August 30, 2013
  • Illinois Employers: Non-Competes May Require Longer At-Will Employment Periods -  July 23, 2013
  • Recent Developments in Trademark Law - Fall 2012 -  September 01, 2012
  • Recent Developments in Trademark Law - Fall 2011 -  September 01, 2011
  • Recent Developments in Trademark Law -  April 29, 2011
  • Recent Developments in Trademark Law - Winter 2011 -  January 01, 2011
  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office Amends Rules Governing Inter Partes Proceedings Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board -  February 6, 2008
  • Trademark Dilution Revision Act of 2006 -  October 31, 2006

 According to sources, "He is accessible, extremely knowledgeable, and able to quickly provide clients with the answers they need."

Chambers USA 2021
Bar Qualification
  • Illinois
Education
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1994
  • BA, Miami University, 1991
Industries
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
  • Automotive
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Technology
Practices
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation & Trial Practice
  • Complex Commercial Litigation