Devan Padmanabhan

Top rated Intellectual Property Litigation attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Padmanabhan & Dawson, PLLC
Devan Padmanabhan
Padmanabhan & Dawson, PLLC

Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1993

Education: Northwestern University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018, 2021 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2002

Padmanabhan & Dawson, PLLC

9800 Shelard Pkwy
Suite 120
Minneapolis, MN 55441 Visit website


A founder of Padmanabhan & Dawson, PLLC, Devan Padmanabhan is a highly experienced litigator in all matters relating to technology law, including patent and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of contracts related to technology.  He has spent his career devoted to technology related legal issues, providing clients with strategic solutions to leverage their intellectual property and other technology.  Mr. Padmanabhan has successfully litigated in district courts across the country.  He has also successfully handled appeals in the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts throughout the country.  He also routinely practices before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, obtaining favorable decisions in post-grant review proceedings, as well as obtaining patents for clients. 

Mr. Padmanabhan and his team have litigated across nearly all technology areas, including mechanical inventions, computer hardware inventions, computer software inventions, and compounds.  He has defended both plaintiffs and defendants.  In connection with his plaintiff-side work, he has successfully secured investor funding for plaintiff’s contingent-investor-funded cases. 

Mr. Padmanabhan also helps his clients protect and monetize their intellectual property through the negotiation and preparation of technology-based agreements, including licensing and settlement agreements, as well as nondisclosure agreements to name a few. In addition, he consults with many clients with respect to their overall IP strategy.


Mr. Padmanabhan attended Northwestern University, where he majored in electrical engineering and was an Eastman Kodak Scholarship recipient before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1990. He remained in downtown Chicago for his legal education at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. While he was there, he served as the executive editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology for two years, and in 1993, he was awarded his Juris Doctor. After graduation, Mr. Padmanabhan spent several years with a national law firm based in Minneapolis before eventually founding his current firm in September 2018.

Practice areas

Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property

Focus areas

Copyrights, Intellectual Property Law, Patents, Trademarks

  • 70% Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 30% Intellectual Property

First Admitted: 1993, Minnesota

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Mich.
  • U.S. District Court, D. Colo.
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Tex.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, D. Minn.
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Educational Background:
  • Northwestern University, B.S. Electrical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, Eastman Kodak Scholar
  • Recommended in Intellectual Property, Chambers USA, 2017
  • Matteucci Technical Excellence Award Honorable Mention, “The ROI of IP,” 2012 Web Coating & Handling Conference
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2013
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2014-2018
  • IP Star, Managing IP, 2013-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Litigation, Intellectual Property, 2015, 2019; Litigation – Patent, 2015-2019
  • Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2015-2018

Office location for Devan Padmanabhan

9800 Shelard Pkwy
Suite 120
Minneapolis, MN 55441

Phone: 612-444-3601


9 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018, 2021 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2002

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