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McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Christopher V. Carani Selected As One of ‘40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch’ - Leading IP Law Firm Represented in Listing for Fifth Consecutive Year


CHICAGO, IL – Sept. 29, 2010 – McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Christopher V. Carani was named one of the 2010 “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company (LBPC), publisher of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer.  Carani was selected from among more than 900 lawyers nominated by their peers, marking the fifth consecutive year that a McAndrews attorney has received the honor.  

“40 Under Forty” recognizes attorneys who have quickly risen within their practice area and possess “intelligence, passion, success in the office, a desire to help the community and a willingness to work hard at one of the country’s most important professions.”  Carani was also praised in the nomination process by his clients and peers for his expertise, sharp intellect, leadership qualities, strong people skills, patience and ability to explain complex legal concepts, as well as his responsiveness and work ethic.

In the 40 Under Forty publication that described this year’s winners, Christopher Renk, a partner and shareholder at IP law firm Banner & Witcoff, said, “(Chris) is nationally recognized as an authority on U.S. design patent law.”

Perry Saidman, a D.C.-based attorney, added, “There are only a handful of IP lawyers in the country who are leaders in this specialized area of the law, and Mr. Carani is clearly one of them.”  

Client Steven Gula, president of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based Nii Northern International, Inc., said in Carani’s profile article, “I needed to go to China on several occasions, and I was able to work with Chris as if he was in the same office.  He made himself available at all times.  Because of his caring, his knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile, we were able to prevail in that case.”  

Billings, Mont.-based lawyer Malcolm Goodrich, who has worked with Carani on a number of patent cases over the last eight years, also was quoted in the profile article: “Every day that we have worked on cases together, I am impressed by the clarity and breadth of (Carani’s) analysis of very complex legal concepts.”

In 2007 and 2008, Carani authored amicus briefs for the American Intellectual Property Law Association in the landmark design patent case Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa.  Carani’s positions were ultimately adopted by the Federal Circuit and have reshaped the law on design patents.

Carani has successfully litigated numerous disputes regarding design rights and he has served as a consultant and expert witness in numerous design law cases.  In addition, he is a highly sought-after speaker and prolific author on issues related to patent law.  Recently, his article about the current state of design patent infringement law, “The New ‘Extra-Ordinary’ Observer Test for Design Patent Infringement,” was selected as one of the 20 best law review articles of 2009 for inclusion in the Thomson Reuters (West) Patent Law Review 2010.  

“We are thrilled that Chris is recognized among this year’s outstanding young attorneys, and we are equally proud that our firm has been consistently well represented with ‘40 Under Forty’ honorees over the last few years,” said McAndrews founding partner and board chairman Timothy J. Malloy.  “Chris’s acclaim and successes in his field on behalf of our clients make him a leader not only at our firm, but also in the larger legal profession.”

McAndrews shareholders Troy A. Groetken, Michael B. Harlin, James (Jay) R. Nuttall and Dean A. Pelletier were previously recognized as 40 Under Forty attorneys by LBPC.  They received the honor in 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively.


About McAndrews, Held & Malloy

Founded in 1988, McAndrews, Held & Malloy is one of the nation’s preeminent legal resources on intellectual property, antitrust and technology matters, serving institutions ranging from major multinationals and start-ups to world-class colleges and universities.  The firm’s technically trained attorneys have built an unparalleled record of litigation successes in jury trials, bench trials and ADR proceedings.  In addition, McAndrews offers its clients services in the following areas:  patent and trademark procurement and portfolio management, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, international practice, intellectual property/technology opinions and investigations, due diligence and M&A support, technology licensing and joint ventures, and technology transfers and donations.  Additional information can be found at www.mcandrews-ip.com

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