Sara Tonnies Horton concentrates in complex civil litigation focusing on intellectual property/technology. She has significant experience litigating intellectual property issues, with an emphasis on patent litigation and counseling related to such litigation. Ms. Horton has represented clients in complex patent disputes involving a variety of technologies including pharmaceuticals, polymers, plastic packaging, computer networks, display systems, alloys and baking technology. She also has experience before the International Trade Commission.
Ms. Horton has represented clients in jury and bench trials. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Horton has significant experience in all phases of litigation. She has taken and defended depositions of expert and fact witnesses, managed complex document collections and reviews, drafted Markman briefs and participated in Markman hearings, drafted discovery responses, drafted summary judgment motions, coordinated all aspects of expert discovery, and participated in appeals. Ms. Horton maintains an active pro bono practice. She represents pro bono clients in both criminal and civil matters. Ms. Horton has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in intellectual property. She is a member of the firm’s Patent Litigation and Counseling and Technology Litigation practices. She serves the firm as a member of the Hiring Committee and Women's Forum.
In connection with the CRF's Lawyers in the Classroom program, Ms. Horton teaches constitutional law to students in Chicago Public Schools. In addition, she co-teaches a class on Intellectual Property Licensing at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ms. Horton graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, where she earned a B.S. in chemistry and earned athletic-academic honors. While at Notre Dame, she worked in the Radiation Laboratory (supported by the U.S. Department of Energy) as a research assistant.