Linda E.B. Hansen

Retired Partner


Linda E. B. Hansen was a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. She focused her practice on disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and unfair competition. She was a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation, Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies and Patent Office Trials Practices with Foley & Lardner LLP. She was also a member of the Energy Industry Team and the Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice.

Ms. Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in complex litigation. She has tried dozens of cases, and has been lead counsel in class actions and multi-party litigation. She successfully defended one of two defendants in a lawsuit involving hundreds of thousands of claimants and preliminary damage estimates exceeding several billion dollars. Her work has involved various industries, including consumer products, telecommunications, software, electronic components, sporting goods, water treatment, construction materials, automotive, and medical equipment. Ms. Hansen also counseled clients concerning their patent rights, assists clients in license negotiations and drafts patent opinions.


In recognition of her experience, she has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.

Thought Leadership

Ms. Hansen has lectured on a variety of subjects in the fields of intellectual property law and trail practice, and she authored a chapter on patent law in a textbook related to water treatment. She served as adjunct faculty at Marquette University Law School, and as a teaching assistant in the Bioethics Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


In 1977, Ms. Hansen graduated, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, with a degree in physics and mathematics. She worked as an engineer before graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1981.


She is licensed to practice in Wisconsin and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and Seventh Circuit, and Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Nebraska. She is also licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.