Alex V. Chachkes

  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1996
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., Chemical Engineering, 1991
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., Philosophy, 1991

Alex has been an intellectual property litigator and counselor for 25 years, including 17 years as a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Alex’s litigation practice focuses on complex intellectual property matters, primarily patent actions, and he has tried numerous cases before the United States District Courts and the International Trade Commission. Alex also has been lead counsel on approximately 20 IPRs. He frequently advises companies on the management of their worldwide IP portfolios and on IP in the M&A context. His clients have included Intel, AT&T, Nintendo, Dow AgroSciences, Johnson & Johnson, Acer, Nitto Denko, and NEC.

Alex is frequently quoted on intellectual property law issues in the media, including in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Alex is also committed to giving back to the community. He has been on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of New York, from whom he has received multiple Pro Bono Publico Awards. He frequently represents artists and artisans on a pro bono basis. 

Before pursuing a career in law Alex worked in Japan, where he learned to speak Japanese. He began as a biotechnology researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, under a Monbusho Scholarship (now 文部科学省奨学金) from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (now 文部科学省). From there, Alex became a research scientist in the Tokyo office of the United Technologies Research Center. At night he was a bartender in Roppongi mixing terrible drinks with bottom-shelf liquor.

Alex V. Chachkes
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  • Recommended by The Legal 500 USA for Patent Litigation
  • Named to Managing Intellectual Property’s list of “IP Stars”
  • Named to IAM Patent 1000’s list of “World’s Leading Patent Professionals”
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (Columbia Law)
  • Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society (M.I.T.)
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Admitted In
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Washington
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Alex is the proud father of two boys, George (here, third from the right, playing in a chess tournament in Norway) and Sam (here, top left, jazzily singing Christmas standards on TV). In his free time Alex likes to root for the Red Sox and argue with Yankees fans, surf, and read novels.