J.D., University of Chicago 1993
Member, Law Review
B.A., magna cum laude, Loyola Marymount University 1988 Semi-Finalist, National Debate Tournament
Todd Flaming is a trial lawyer who represents companies in commercial cases, including complex disputes over patents, trade secrets, and technology. His experience ranges from contract and tort claims to statutory claims, including patent infringement and Paragraph IV (Hatch-Waxman) litigation. He has handled trials, arbitrations, mediations, as well as class actions in courts around the country.
His clients have included Fortune 100 and Fortune Global 500 computer, consumer electronics, military, financial, service, and retail companies, as well as Internet and pharmaceutical start-ups. His patent and technical cases have involved a variety of technologies, including WLAN (Wi-Fi) standards; cellular telephones; industrial machines and mechatronics, such as servomotor-driven collators and inserters and adaptive learning machines; Internet devices and software, including software robots and load balancing software; medical devices, such as biopsy needles and hemodialysis catheters; pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, such as drugs and enterally administered nutritional products; opiod detoxification; automotive batteries; nuclear waste disposal; and optics and data transfer, including audio streaming and phase modulation; among others.
He is a member of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including its Trial Bar; the Eastern District of Michigan; and the Illinois State Bar. For a decade he served as a Director and has served as President and Chair of Illinois Legal Aid Online, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to using technology to provide access to justice for underserved communities. He has also taught classes relating to law and technology for Chicago-Kent, John Marshall, and DePaul.
He is a co-author of three books, A Trial Lawyer's Guide to Discovery in Federal and State Courts in Illinois, A Lawyer's Guide to Computers (editor), and Web Linking Agreements. He is a frequent author and speaker on electronic discovery, including recently the 2011 and 2017 Allerton Conferences. He has appeared on NBC Nightly News and First Business, been quoted in Business Week and the Financial Times, and featured on the cover of Chicago Lawyer magazine.
He testified before the American Bar Association's Ethics 2020 Commission on the role of ethics rules with respect to technology. He serves on the Seventh Circuit's Electronic Discovery committee. He also has served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Litigation Section's Technology for the Litigator Committee and the Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Technology.
He has been recognized by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America.
He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, where he was a member of the Law Review, and his B.A. magna cum laude in 1988 from Loyola Marymount University.