Krista Schwartz is a partner in the Intellectual Property Department and Co-Chair of the IP Litigation Practice Group. A first-chair trial attorney focused on IP litigation, Krista represents many of the world's largest technology companies in patent, copyright, trade secret, and complex IP cases. She has tried patent, copyright, and contract cases to verdict. Her practice focuses on technologies ranging from search engines, semiconductors, cellular devices, and medical devices to electronic design automation and operating systems software. She also handles complex software copyright cases.

Krista has successfully tried competitor cases through jury trial resulting in infringement, rejected fair use, and awards upwards of $30 million. She has also successfully navigated tech companies in "bet-the-company" patent disputes through jury trial. Krista also represents clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In a recent inter partes review relating to search engine results, Krista secured a win for her client when the PTAB found all requested claims unpatentable.

A top-ranked practitioner, Krista has been named a leader in her field by several industry publications.


Prior to joining Willkie in 2021, Krista was a partner at Hogan Lovells. Krista holds several advanced technical degrees, and prior to law school, she worked for AT&T Bell Labs, where she was an inventor on more than 20 patents relating to desktop video conferencing.

  • Legal 500 U.S.
    • Intellectual Property –Patents: Litigation, 2023
    • Intellectual Property – Patents: Litigation (Full Coverage), Recommended
  • Best Lawyers 
    • Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2018-2024
    • Technology Law, 2023-2024
  • Managing IP, Patent Star: California, 2020-2023
  • Daily Journal, Top Intellectual Property Lawyer, 2020, 2023



Chicago-Kent College of Law , J.D. (high honors, Order of the Coif), 1996 Northwestern University, M.S., 1991 University of Illinois, B.S., 1989

Bar Admissions

California Illinois

Court Admissions

United States District Court, Northern District of California United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan United States District Court, Western District of Michigan United States District Court, Northern District of Florida United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit United States Patent & Trademark Office