Kevin J. Malaney



Kevin J. Malaney is a partner and an intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where his practice involves the resolution of patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property disputes. Mr. Malaney is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice.

His case experience spans many diverse technologies with a primary focus on computer software and hardware disputes. Exemplary technologies include process control systems, VoIP, 802.11, biometric encryption and decryption, and media content delivery applications. Through this experience, Mr. Malaney has handled cases involving standards-setting organizations and cases involving parallel Patent Office proceedings.

After his undergraduate studies and prior to law school, Mr. Malaney was a software engineer at Oracle Corporation. While at Oracle, he designed and implemented complex software applications for aggregating, presenting, and analyzing large data sets


Mr. Malaney received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 2007. Mr. Malaney received his undergraduate degree, with distinction, in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2000.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Malaney is admitted to practice in Wisconsin. He is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association.

Community Engagement

Mr. Malaney currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Academy of Science (MAS). MAS is a STEM-focused public charter school located on the Northwest side of Milwaukee in the Avenues West neighborhood. MAS is a K4-12 school that serves over 1,400 students, 97% of whom are economically disadvantaged. MAS produces extraordinary outcomes for its students. The graduation rate of the MAS 2022 senior class was 100% and these 61 seniors earned a combined $10.4 million in scholarships towards post-secondary education.

Mr. Malaney previously served as a member of the board of directors of both ACTS Housing and ACTS Lending. He also previously served as the chair of the ACTS Lending Advisory Board. ACTS Housing’s mission is to promote and facilitate affordable home ownership opportunities in the city of Milwaukee and to transition Milwaukee residents from renters to homeowners. ACTS Housing provides, along with ACTS Lending, financial counseling, lending, reconstruction advising, and home buying services throughout the city of Milwaukee.

Mr. Malaney also frequently performs pro bono work for the firm’s pro bono clients including MAS and Acts. Mr. Malaney has previously taken referred pro bono matters from the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and the Lawyers for the Creative Arts.