McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd

With nearly 80 attorneys and agents, McAndrews, Held & Malloy is a premier, full-service IP and technology law firm. Some of the world’s largest and most iconic companies, as well as other businesses and innovators of all sizes and in virtually every field, rely on McAndrews to handle complex, high-stakes matters. While best known for our record of litigation success, we also excel in the strategic aspects of intellectual property. We are widely regarded as a leader in IP procurement, post-grant proceedings, IP opinions, and investigations, global portfolio management, IP development, licensing, M&A support and design rights.

Our concentration at McAndrews is wholly on intellectual property. That results in us having distinct advantages in terms of both how we staff client teams and how efficiently, economically and effectively we serve clients. We also emphasise responsiveness and build long-term relationships with them. We earn their longstanding trust, as demonstrated by our strong retention record. In addition, at a time when there is a battle for talent in this country, we are also proud to note that over 70% of our attorneys have spent their entire career at McAndrews.

Unlike many other firms, our model affords our clients extraordinary levels of senior-level attorney attention and commitment. That has generated a track record of winning that is truly exceptional, whether considering an exclusion order at the US International Trade Commission in a heralded trade secret case (Tianrui v ITC), winning a $254 million jury verdict (Stryker v Zimmer) or defending more than $1 billion in sales (Cordis v Abbott).

Our courtroom experience also supports our post-grant practice at the PTAB, which is one of the most active in the country – a significant feat for a firm of our size. The experience in the courtroom also provides helpful perspectives when strategically developing patent, trademark and copyright, and other IP asset portfolios, and as we counsel many clients on transactional issues. In fact, during the past five years alone, McAndrews has been involved in IP transactions representing a total value of almost $5 billion.

In prosecution, McAndrews currently manages an active IP portfolio of tens of thousands of matters, including patent and trademark applications. Our firm is also among the top five law firms to have secured issued design patents in the United States in 2019.

Our attorneys have degrees in technical fields such as electrical, computer, chemical and mechanical engineering, and chemistry and biochemistry. Many have advanced degrees and almost all are registered to practise before the USPTO. Twenty percent of our lawyers and agents have a PhD in science, technology or engineering. Many also have prior work experience in technology and IP-focused industries. Our clients know that – along with technical and legal knowledge – our attorneys offer exceptional business sense.

McAndrews prides itself on its progress on diversity and inclusion, and it continues to focus intently on those issues. While we do not typically recruit laterals, minorities and women usually make up a large percentage of our summer clerk classes. Each year McAndrews also awards a Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship stipend and paid summer clerkship to a diverse first-year law student.

Contact details

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd
500 West Madison Street
34th Floor
Chicago IL 60661
United States

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Sample client list

  • Corning Inc
  • Navistar
  • Samsung Electronics Corporation
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • VTech