Craig E. Pinkus
Craig Pinkus is of counsel in the Intellectual Property Group. He also is a member of the Litigation and the Sports, Entertainment and Media Groups. In addition, Craig leads the firm’s Data Breach Response Team. He assists clients with a broad range of disputes and transactions involving all areas of intellectual property, commercial contracts and other complex business disputes. Craig also focuses his practice in data breach and cybersecurity issues, GDPR compliance, and data management /storage advice. He is a registered civil mediator and also has conducted trials and arbitrations throughout the United States, including arguing appeals before the Seventh, Sixth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Indiana appellate courts and United States Supreme Court.
Harvard Law School (L.L.B., 1968)
Butler University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1965)
Honors / Awards
Craig is a recipient of the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award which recognizes those working with communications media that have been exemplary in helping to foster the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.
He has been listed for over 25 years in The Best Lawyers in America® (copyright, biotechnology, entertainment, and technology). He also has an AV® Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was the subject of the 2004 cover story, “Lawyer of Invention,” for the inaugural Indiana Super Lawyers® and has been listed in all subsequent editions for Entertainment & Sports or Intellectual Property Litigation).
Appearances / Publications
Craig has been a member of Law360’s IP Editorial Advisory Board since 2011. He has lectured extensively on a wide range of topics, most recently including the impact of the Roberts Court’s decisions on patent law, careers in the post-consolidation live entertainment industry, effective management of an intellectual property portfolio, and evidence in the digital age. He was a pioneer national lecturer on the use of computers and electronic discovery in litigation.
Appointments / Memberships
Member: Butler University (member, Board of Visitors, College of Communications); Law360’s IP Editorial Advisory Board (member); Indianapolis (past Sports & Entertainment chair) and Seventh Circuit (past program chair and technology chair) Bar Associations
Outside the Office
Craig is the father of four children whose careers are in the entertainment industry, insurance, teaching and chemical engineering. A runner who has participated in races from 5K to marathons for more than 30 years, his other interests include ancient to contemporary music, architecture, art, contemporary literature, fountain pens and mechanical watches.
AdmissionsIndiana, Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Areas of Emphasis
- Copyrights and Copyright Disputes /
- Data Breach Response Team /
- Infringement Studies /
- Intellectual Property /
- Intellectual Property Litigation /
- Licensing and Other IP Transactions /
- Litigation /
- Patents and Patent Disputes /
- Sports, Entertainment and Media /
- Trade Secrets Disputes /
- Trademarks and Trademark Disputes