McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd

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World-class Chicago-based boutique McAndrews, Held & Malloy has a model that works; its senior lawyers are hands-on and give personal attention to their clientele, and the team they form is well balanced in terms of prosecution and litigation ability. The group’s consistency is a special feature worth noting, too; a remarkable 70% of the McAndrews attorneys have spent their entire careers here, while many competitors are seeing an increase in staff turnover as the quest for legal talent intensifies. The ensemble extends its coverage in the IAM Patent 1000 this year courtesy of the first-time inclusion of Eligio Pimentel and Aaron Barkoff, who both score high marks from patrons: “Eligio puts his clients first and is the quintessential relationship partner who goes the extra mile to ensure the provision of a timely and high-quality service. He’s a trusted adviser and true partner.” “Innovative and thorough, Aaron has excellent writing and presentation skills which go a long way towards the favourable outcomes he achieves; his style is systematic, convincing and calm. He responds with incredible speed and communicates with you as if he’s across the table, not across the country.” Both litigate high-stakes patent infringement cases with poise, as do many others here, including firm president Robert Surrette; high-flying trial and appellate lawyer Edward Mas; courtroom and PTAB star Thomas Wimbiscus; post-grant proceedings leader Herbert Hart; design patents authority Christopher Carani; experienced all-forums advocate Sharon Hwang; all-IP litigator Sandra Frantzen; and well-rounded and sophisticated strategists David Headrick, Wil Rao, Deborah Laughton and Peter McAndrews. As the rankings attest, McAndrews, Held & Malloy has a wonderfully deep litigation bench, giving patrons the benefit of impressing and imposing firepower. Recent highlights for the group include representing TQ Delta in related district court cases against 2Wire and Adtran, in the course of which the outfit has won jury trials on infringement and validity issues for two patent families and favourable summary judgment decisions on infringement for an additional patent family against each defendant; this one involves Wimbiscus and McAndrews. It has also successfully handled several Hatch-Waxman litigations, with Barkoff taking the lead. Many of these lawyers engage in the firm’s patent procurement, portfolio management and counselling practice, an additional anchor of which is Troy Groetken; he is steeped in the life sciences and has rich technical, business, regulatory and strategic expertise.

Firm Profile

McAndrews, Held & Malloy is a premier, full-service IP and technology law firm. From world-class patent portfolio development, trademark, and design protection to its exceptional record of litigation success against highly regarded law firms, McAndrews excels at all things IP. That is why the firm is relied upon by industry-leading companies, as well as businesses and innovators of all sizes and in virtually every technical field.

McAndrews is also uniquely positioned and structured to serve clients efficiently and effectively, providing exceptional lawyers, insights, service and value. Clients appreciate the firm’s collaborative, team-based approach, as well as the extraordinarily high levels of senior-attorney, hands-on attention our model affords.

McAndrews’ IP-only focus results in our 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.

Our track record of winning 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, 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 ten law firms to have secured issued design patents in the United States in 2020.

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. 

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