David Wright Headshot.

David R. Wright


David (Dave) Wright is an intellectual property litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and former managing partner of the firm’s Salt Lake City office. He is a member of the Innovative Technology and Health Care & Life Sciences Sectors.

Dave’s practice focuses on complex and intellectual property litigation, including false advertising, unfair competition, theft of trade secret, and copyright, patent, and trademark infringement cases. He offers experience in transactional matters, such as licensing and contracts, as well as providing strategic counseling on implementing corporate IP policies and procedures. Dave has successfully represented clients at the appellate and trial court stages in federal and state courts, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, and before the International Trade Commission.

He formerly taught Patent Litigation and Counseling as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clarke Law School at Brigham Young University.

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers, Litigation – Intellectual Property and Litigation – Patent (2010-2024)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer
  • Utah Super Lawyer (2007, 2009-2012)
  • Cambridge Who’s Who
  • Martindale Hubbell AV-rated
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the practice area of intellectual property (2022-2023)

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “Recent Trends in IP Damages,” 2022 Utah Bar IP Summit (February 18, 2022)


  • Member, Utah State Bar
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, American Bar Association


Dave is fluent in Spanish.

06 October 2023 Events

19th Annual IP Conference

Foley & Lardner LLP is thrilled to present our 19th Annual IP Conference on Friday, October 6, 2023, live and in person from Boston’s Seaport District.
27 September 2023 Events

Silicon Slopes Summit 2023 Reception

As part of Foley & Lardner’s support of the Silicon Slopes Summit, our Innovative Technology team, Signal Peak Ventures, and IMA (formerly Diversified Insurance) invite you to keep the conversation going at the end of the first day of the Silicon Slopes Summit at Foley's Salt Lake City office, a short distance from the Delta Center.
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
12 July 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Salt Lake City Attorneys Named 2023 Mountain States Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that 10 of its Salt Lake City attorneys have been named to the 2023 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.
01 June 2023 Press Releases

Foley Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that it has again been recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of the top law firms in the country in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
14 October 2022 Events

18th Annual IP Conference

Make plans to join us at Foley’s 18th Annual IP Conference on Friday, October 14, 2022, for another year of strategic IP management, protections, and litigation insights.