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Bronze - Individuals: litigation
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.