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William P. Kealey


Bill is a powerful advocate for businesses and universities in a wide range of disputes – and a valued advisor on transactional matters, with deep experience in technology law.

Bill has chaired more than 30 trials and many reported appeals in state and federal courts. Bill is skilled at working efficiently to secure strong outcomes from difficult disputes in the following areas:

  • Breach of contract
  • Patent & copyright infringement
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Procurement and supply chain
  • Title IX and Section 1983
  • Employment matters
  • Fiduciary matters
  • Business ownership
  • Constitutional law
  • Class action defense

His transactional work centers on R&D and intellectual property for higher education and technology firms. Bill is deeply experienced in IP portfolio management. R&D funding and procurement and the legal needs of tech firms from formation to exit.

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

Bill has extensive experience 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.



  • 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
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 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
  • Obtained federal judgment for $850,000 and permanent injunctive relief on trademark infringement claims (Lafayette Venetian Blind v. Blinds to Go, N.D. Ind. 2021))
  • Defeated preliminary injunction motion under Title IX in federal court by student challenging university’s suspension decision, affirmed on appeal (Doe v. Univ. of S. Ind., 7th Cir. 2022)
  • North American counsel to European software company, advising on day-to-day and strategic issues including contracts, human resources, and intellectual property
  • Formation of innovative non-profit vehicles for university-industry collaborations
  • 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 for breach of software 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 (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.)