ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Donald R. Dunner, Esquire, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2016 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Federal Circuit. The award will be presented later this month at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC, by Judge Timothy B. Dyk.
Dunner is a partner at global IP firm Finnegan, where he concentrates on patent law, including prosecution, licensing, litigation, validity and infringement studies, and counseling. He has vast technical experience in chemical engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.
He has litigated numerous cases in the federal district courts and is best known for appellate practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The New York Times has reported that Dunner has argued more Federal Circuit cases than any other litigator in the United States. He served as chairman of the Advisory Committee to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for the first ten years of the court’s existence and participated in the drafting of the court’s rules. As an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law, he teaches a course on Federal Circuit practice.
In 2015, Dunner received the American Bar Association’s Mark T. Banner Award. He has also been honored with a lifetime achievement award by The American Lawyer (2014); and with the Samuel E. Gates Litigation Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers (2013). Previous recognition by the American Inns of Court includes the Linn Inn Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
A graduate of Purdue University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, Dunner earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a clerk at the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals and has worked as an examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The American Inns of Court Professionalism Awards are awarded in participating federal circuits, to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character, unquestioned integrity, and dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. The awards are underwritten in part by Thomson Reuters.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The organization’s membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 384 chapters nationwide and more than 100,000 alumni members. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.