Christopher K. Brunnquell



Christopher Brunnquell is an associate and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s San Diego office, where he is a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice.

Chris began his career with Foley as a summer associate, where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications for mechanical and medical device technology, performed research regarding potential infringement of client patents and performed legal research for litigation and transactional matters.

Before joining Foley, Chris was a legal intern at Motorola Solutions Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, where he reviewed and redlined procurement agreements, IP licensing agreements and statements of work. He also prepared responses to office actions for patent applications and participated in patent committee reviews, inventor interviews and claim drafting. Chris evaluated reports of brand misuse, trademark infringement and copyright infringement.

Previously, Chris worked as a mechanical engineer in the Seattle, Washington area for two aerospace manufacturing contractors. Chris designed and drafted the monorail and structure weldments that transfer wing panels into the rotation cell of the Boeing 777 wing panel rotation tool. He calculated and designed the proof load testing procedure and collaborated with Boeing engineers to integrate the rotation tool into the full wing panel assembly line.

Additionally, Chris worked on the Boeing 777 wingbox assembly line, the Boeing 737 vertical wing panel assembly line and the Boeing 767 spar assembly tool.


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2020)
    • Director of development, Intellectual Property Law Society
    • Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property
      • Executive articles editor (2019-2020)
      • Articles editor (2018-2019)
  • Tufts University (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, 2011)
    • Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field (September 2007-May 2011)
    • US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assn. All-Academic, NCAA Division III Cross Country (2009)


  • California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office