Cynthia A. Homan

"It makes me happy to know that the briefs I write often contribute to our clients’ successes."

Cindy Homan founded Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Appellate Practice Group and served for eight years as its chair. An accomplished appellate lawyer, she has briefed more than 70 intellectual property law appeals and consulted on many others. Her experience extends to federal circuit courts across the United States as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, where she has briefed cases at both the petition and merits stages. In addition to her appellate work, Cindy brings her broad legal knowledge and persuasive writing style to case-dispositive motions in the federal district courts.

As co-author of Patents and the Federal Circuit, Cindy thinks forward about where intellectual property legislation and case law are headed. Her research for the treatise informs her work for clients, providing fodder for creative, case-winning arguments.

A leader within Brinks Gilson, as well as in the broader legal community, Cindy serves as the firm’s diversity shareholder and is a past chair and co-chair its diversity committee.

Practice Groups
  • J.D.
    DePaul University College of Law
  • M.L.S.
    University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., Russian Language & Area Studies
    University of Illinois
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Cir.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
  • Russian
Experience | Overview

Cindy began practicing law by representing clients in all phases of litigation and counseling clients in the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights.  She later shifted her focus to her strong suit - writing briefs - and has looked forward ever since to the next challenge.  Cindy's role in drafting briefs has helped many litigation teams achieve successful results for the firm's clients. 

Experience | Legal Experience

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Shareholder, 1987-Present
Member, Board of Directors, 2007
Chair, Appellate Practice Group, 1998-2006
Chair, Diversity Committee, 2011-2014; Co-Chair, 2015-2016
Chair, Associates Committee, 1993-1995, 1997-1998
Chair, Library Committee, 1988-1996
Associate, 1981-1986

Experience | Non-Legal Experience

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
Librarian and Docket Clerk, while attending law school, 1977-1981

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Graduate Research Assistant, 1976-1977
Researching and writing about Freedom of Information laws.

Experience | Civic Activities

Lambda Legal
  National Leadership Council, 2010-Present
  National Board of Directors, 2003-2009
  Board Co-Chair, 2004-2005

  • "The Federal Circuit: Preserving the Wins, and Reversing the Losses," Brinks Gilson & Lione Seminar, "Managing the Risks of IP Litigation," October 25, 2005
Representative Matters
  • Alitcor Inc. et al. v. UMG Recordings Inc. et al. Represented plaintiffs/counter-defendants in a breach of contract and copyright case involving user-generated videos with music uploaded to social media websites, successfully briefing several discovery disputes and structuring a summary judgment position that contributed to a settlement of all existing claims.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. Represented Progressive in a number of early appeals arising from covered business method patent review proceedings under the America Invents Act, involving online insurance servicing technology and usage-based insurance. 
  • Phil-Insul Corp. v. Reward Wall Systems, Inc.  Represented Amvic Corporation in its successful appeal to the Federal Circuit for affirmance of summary judgment of non-infringement by Amvic’s insulated concrete forms used to create interlocking molds for wall construction.   
  • Star Scientific, Inc. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.  Represented RJR in successfully defending against an attack on RJR’s methods of curing tobacco to reduce carcinogenic, tobacco-specific nitrosamines in cured tobacco.
  • Hollister Incorporated v. ConvaTec Inc.  Represented ConvaTec in its assertion of a contractual-release defense to defeat Hollister’s patent infringement claim against ConvaTec’s bowel management medical device.
  • Edwards Lifesciences LLC v. Cook Incorporated.  Convinced Federal Circuit to affirm a grant of summary judgment of non-infringement by client Cook’s intraluminal grafts used for treating blood-vessel diseases.
  • Nitro Distributing v. Alticor Inc.  Represented Alticor, Amway, and Quixtar in their successful defense against antitrust conspiracy and related claims in connection with distributors’ decision to break ties with Nitro.   
  • Fort v. Chicago Housing Authority. Represented Ms. Fort, pro bono, in successfully overturning a CHA decision revoking her subsidized housing voucher.
  • Edmund James Scholar, University of Illinois
  • Beta Phi Mu honorary society for scholastic achievement in library and information sciences
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • National LGBT Bar Association