Grantland G. Drutchas


Grantland G. Drutchas, a founder and former managing partner of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, has more than 25 years of experience in the practice of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on litigation, licensing, and client counseling. Mr. Drutchas serves as Chair of the firm’s PTAB Trials Practice Group, and Chair of the firm’s Licensing Practice Group. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials, as well as arguing appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His litigation and client counseling experience encompasses disciplines ranging from medical devices and diagnostics, recombinant DNA technology, cell signaling, pharmaceuticals, and biosimilars to software, telecommunication transmission systems, conference phones, lampposts, and injection molds.

He has also litigated trademark and trade dress infringement actions. Mr. Drutchas has been involved in many notable and precedent-setting cases. In one, he obtained the largest jury verdict ever awarded in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also has had extensive experience in drafting licenses and litigating license disputes.

  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

    Tau Beta Pi

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
    • Vice Chair, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee
    • Former Vice Chair, Licensing Committee
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Adjunct Professor
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
    • Former Adjunct Professor
  • Chair of the Local School Council and former PTO President, LaSalle II Language Academy, Chicago Public Schools
  • Board Member, Wicker Park Committee Neighborhood Association
  • IPO’s Women in IP Law Committee


  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • IAM Patent 1000

Published Articles

“Cease and desist letters are first step in trademark disputes”, Chicago Lawyer, October 2022

“Damages, lawyer fees and more damages.”, Chicago Lawyer, July 2022

“Intellectual Property Litigation,” Lawyer Monthly, September 2011.