Deborah Pollack-Milgate is a partner in the Barnes & Thornburg Indianapolis office. She concentrates her practice in intellectual property litigation, with a specific focus on patent litigation and complex commercial litigation, including antitrust litigation, contract litigation and appellate matters.
Ms. Pollack-Milgate has assisted and advised clients in a number of complex patent suits across multiple areas including: health care technology, pest control, insulation products; and encompassing chemical and apparatus patents. She has represented clients in appellate matters in the Indiana appellate courts and in federal courts of appeal, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Pollack-Milgate acts as outside in-house IP counsel for both national and international clients, assisting with virtually all aspects of Intellectual Property Portfolio management. She assists clients with putting systems in place, from the stage of invention to patent protection and enforcement, which will allow them to fully maximize the value of their intellectual property.
During her time at Barnes & Thornburg, Ms. Pollack-Milgate spent an extended stay in Mannheim, Germany, where she worked for and advised an international client of the firm in U. S. litigation and patent matters. She routinely presents in the German language on United States patent matters, both in webinars and in her travels to Germany and Switzerland. Ms. Pollack-Milgate has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 and 2016.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Ms. Pollack-Milgate served as a judicial clerk to Associate Justice Theodore R. Boehm of the Indiana Supreme Court. She also served as a judicial clerk to Indiana Supreme Court Retired Associate Justice Myra C. Selby.
She is admitted to practice in the Indiana courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Third, Fourth and the Sixth Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the Indianapolis Bar Association. She is also a member of the German-American Lawyers' Association (DAJV), the German American Chamber of Commerce, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and served as the 2013-2014 President of Women & Hi-Tech.