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Russ Klingaman, JD


Russ Klingaman helps professionals and members of the business, insurance, and aviation communities effectively leverage business opportunities, resolve disputes, reduce risks and find practical, effective solutions to legal challenges. Mr. Klingaman's practice is focused in the areas of aviation-related transactions and litigation; and protecting intellectual property — including trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. He has handled many high-profile cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, major property damage, and very large business losses.

Mr. Klingaman has successfully represented the interests of a wide range of individuals, such as architects, doctors, engineers, farmers, hospitals, inventors, lawyers, pharmacists, pilots and veterinarians. Businesses he has represented include airlines, banks, construction companies, flight schools, health care providers, insurance companies, manufacturing firms, restaurants, retailers and software developers.

Aviation: As a licensed pilot, aircraft owner, adjunct professor of aviation law, and past president of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, Mr. Klingaman has unique insights into aviation-related legal matters, including those involving the fast-changing legal landscape concerning unmanned aerial systems (UAS or "drones"). Mr. Klingaman helps clients with matters involving aviation accidents. He also helps clients deal with Federal Aviation Administration regulatory compliance and enforcement actions.

Intellectual Property: Mr. Klingaman has a robust practice helping businesses and individuals protect their intellectual property. This includes transactions and litigation. The transactional work encompasses licensing, assignments, nondisclosure agreements, etc. Litigation usually involves prosecuting or defending claims for misappropriation, infringement, breach of contract, unfair competition, etc.

Appellate Litigation: Mr. Klingaman has handled numerous appeals and has made oral arguments to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.