William P. Kealey


A 25-year trial lawyer with degrees from Stanford and Harvard, Bill is a powerful advocate for businesses and universities in a wide range of disputes – and a valued advisor on transactional matters, with particular background in technology law.

Bill’s litigation work spans employment, contract, environmental, and intellectual property disputes. Trained at one of the country’s largest law firms, he has chaired more than 30 trials and many reported appeals in state and federal courts, and has significant experience as a FINRA arbitrator. Bill is skilled at working efficiently to secure strong outcomes from difficult disputes. His specific trial experience includes the following:

  • Breach of contract
  • Patent & copyright infringement
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Professional liability
  • Employment matters
  • Brokerage & estate disputes
  • Premises liability
  • Asset recovery
  • Business ownership disputes
  • Constitutional law
  • Environmental law
  • Class action defense

His transactional work centers on R&D and intellectual property for higher education and technology firms. For many years, Bill has represented Purdue University – recently recognized for its top-tier patent generation – in the development of research and commercialization ventures with industry and government partners. Bill is deeply experienced in IP portfolio management.

Bill is skilled at working efficiently to secure strong outcomes from difficult disputes.

Beyond higher education, he acts as outside general counsel to fast-growing technology companies who need one-stop practical guidance on a range of issues, from business-critical IP decisions to human resources, contracts, and financing matters. As an active member of the California bar and an alumnus of one of California’s largest firms, Bill’s work for technology companies includes representation in California state and federal courts and advice on doing business there.

Bill is a native of the Midwest and a longtime resident of the Lafayette area. He and his wife Kristine are parents to six children, including three in elementary school.



  • Stanford Law School, J.D.
  • Cambridge University, M.Phil.
    • Henry Fellow
  • Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude
    • Truman Scholar
  • Indiana
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court – Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court – Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Seventh Circuit
  • Rated as AV “Preeminent” and endorsed for “High Ethical Standing” in Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review survey
  • Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout, Philmont Ranger, and current local scout leader
  • Member and volunteer at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette
  • North American counsel to European software company, advising on day-to-day and strategic issues including contracts, human resources, and intellectual property
  • National counsel for professional education provider recently ranked as fastest-growing education company in America by Inc. magazine
  • Formation of innovative non-profit vehicles for university-industry collaborations in life sciences and biomedical engineering
  • Obtained preliminary injunction against apparel manufacturer for infringement of university’s trademarks (Purdue University v. Goldden Corporation, 2016)
  • Won multiple bench verdicts in federal court cases on behalf of software company for breach of distribution contracts and copyright infringement
  • Successfully defended international chemical company in eight-week CERCLA trial
  • Obtained jury verdict of patent infringement of university’s medical device invention
  • Prevailed in Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in defense of university against terminated employee’s allegations of workplace discrimination and retaliation (Gaff v. IPFW, Ind. Ct. App. 2016)
  • Defeated preliminary injunction in federal and state court by plaintiff alleging age discrimination and right of occupancy (Wasserman v. Purdue University)
  • Secured million-dollar bench verdict for nonprofit social services provider in recovery of embezzled funds; ruling affirmed on appeal (Wabash Center v. Landers, Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Prevailed in Indiana Supreme Court on enforceability of real estate covenant restriction on competing tenancy (Tippecanoe Associates II, LLC v. Kimco Lafayette 671, Inc.)
  • Numerous victories in federal and state court jury trials involving medical malpractice, veterinary malpractice, warehouse operator negligence, and construction negligence