Naikang Tsao



Naikang Tsao is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he has litigated a wide spectrum of matters, including patent, unfair trade practices, and product liability matters. He represents clients in diverse industries, including banking, electronics and consumer products. His experience includes representing clients in patent infringement actions involving financial business transactions, computer software and hardware, industrial machines and consumer products, and defending class actions brought against consumer product manufacturers and retailers. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices, and is the chair of the Litigation Department for the Madison office.

Before joining Foley in 2000, Mr. Tsao was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Ann Aldrich, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and was a trial attorney for five years at the U.S. Department of Justice, during which he was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, and a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service by the U.S. Department of Justice.


Mr. Tsao is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was an articles editor on the New York University Law Review and a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University (B.A., with honors).


He is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and California, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, D.C. and Federal Circuits, and numerous federal district courts, including the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin.


Mr. Tsao has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007 and has been named 2015 Madison Litigation – Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year," 2016 Madison Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year,” and 2017 Madison Litigation – Patent “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. He was also included in the 2006 - 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists for his intellectual property litigation work. In 2003, he was recognized by the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association for his pro bono work.