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John Keville Elected to New York Institute of Technology Board of Trustees

New York Institute of Technology

Sheppard Mullin is proud to announce that partner John Keville was elected to the New York Institute of Technology Board of Trustees. As a member of this governing board, Keville will continue to help the university provide career-oriented professional education to its students.

A New York Institute of Technology alumni, Keville has served on the dean’s Executive Advisory Board of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences since 2018. He also recently established the university’s Keville Family Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fund.

“Receiving my mechanical engineering degree from New York Tech was essentially the starting point of my adult life,” Keville said in a press release issued by the New York Institute of Technology. “I transitioned from full-time engineer to full-time engineer/night law student, and then to patent attorney, but it all began with the foundation set here. I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to the university in such an important role.”

Keville is the office managing partner of Sheppard Mullin’s Houston office and a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has been lead trial counsel in patent litigation matters in a number of technologies, including mechanical and chemical oilfield technologies, electronic devices, software and web-based technologies, and digital signal processing. He has tried a broad range of cases to juries, judges and arbitration panels, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and has argued appeals to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Fifth Circuit. In 2021, his teams obtained two jury verdicts of patent validity, infringement and willful infringement in plaintiff’s patent cases, and twice received mentions in The American Lawyer Litigator of the Week.

Keville counsels clients on intellectual property enforcement and procurement matters, litigation strategy, settlement negotiations and licensing. Helping others pro bono, Keville has been lead counsel in a number of significant cases, including defending the rights of disabled students and employees, and obtaining permanent injunctive relief providing COVID-19 protection to geriatric prisoners with co-morbidities.


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