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George P. McAndrews
Chairman Emeritus and Shareholder

Email. gmcandrews@mcandrews-ip.com
Tel. (312) 775-8000

University of Notre Dame, B.S. Mech. Eng., cum laude
University of Notre Dame, J.D.

Bar Admissions
Admitted to practice in Illinois.  Member of the bars of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court.  Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Professional Experience
George P. McAndrews is a founder of the firm.  His practice focus is on counseling clients regarding all phases of patent, trademark, antitrust, fiduciary duty, unfair competition, warranty, and other intellectual property law, and in litigating such cases, both complex and simple, involving mechanical, electrical and chemical subject matter, primarily before juries, in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies such as the International Trade Commission throughout the United States.

Mr. McAndrews received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering (with honors) from the University of Notre Dame where he was elected “Engineer of the Year.”  He received a doctorate of jurisprudence from the same university, ranking second in his class, having been editor-in-chief of the Notre Dame Law Review and Chairman of the National Council of Law Review Editors.  He served as law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals For The Seventh Circuit and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the College of Law at the University of Notre Dame.  He lectures widely before business and academic groups on intellectual property law and on trial techniques before juries and judges and has addressed circuit conferences of United States judges on various aspects of trial practice.  He is the recipient of honorary doctorates of humane letters and of human biology from academic institutions in the United States.  He is a veteran of the United States Navy.

He has represented clients in billion dollar patent disputes.  Few litigation specialists have achieved the large number of multi-million dollar awards or settlements credited to Mr. McAndrews ($2,000,000,000; $19,000,000; $17,200,000; $14,600,000; $13,000,000; $8,000,000; $8,000,000; $6,000,000; $3,500,000; $2,800,000; $1,000,000).  He also represents clients that have been unjustly accused of patent or trademark infringement or to whom exorbitant, unjustified demands have been made; (e.g., case was "a poorly conceived, unsupported attempt to gain a competitive advantage" with the patent owner being ordered to pay the defendant $1,500,000.00 in attorneys fees and costs) and (a federal jury award[ed] "less than one-tenth the amount the plaintiff had sought in damages").

In 1997, with reference to a successful 19 day complex patent jury trial involving more than 10 lawyers, a professional jury consultant reported:  “Of all the lawyers, George McAndrews had the most positive image among jurors.  This was true of jurors who favored [his client] as well as [the defendant].  Specifically, jurors felt Mr. McAndrews showed respect to the witnesses and did not talk down to the jury. …  His clarity helped the jurors the most to make sense of this complexity, … and he was detail oriented.”

He has been praised by federal judges for his courtroom skills: e.g.

“That was without a doubt the finest opening statement I have ever heard in my entire career, both on the bench and in trial practice.  Your final arguments were superb!...You have demonstrated one of the finest pieces of representation that I have ever had the pleasure to see.”

“I find the other day that we have seen the most devastating cross-examination of an honest witness in this case that we ever saw.”

On July 16, 2001 he was featured in the National Law Journal as being among ten of the Nation’s Leading Litigators - - the only patent trial attorney so selected for that year.  In 2004, Chambers and Partners, legal publishers, described him as a "preeminent trial lawyer" and ranked him as the number 1 patent trial lawyer in Illinois.  He has been selected for inclusion in “An International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers”, as well as “Guide To The World’s Leading Patent Law Experts.”  In 2008 he was designated as a "Band 1" lawyer and "an outstanding trial lawyer" by Chambers USA Client Guide; as a "dean of the Bar" and "one of the chapter's most nominated professionals" by Who'sWhoLegal; and as "highly recommended" by PLCWhich lawyer?  Most recently, George was selected as one of Intercontinental Finance Magazine's Leading Lawyers 500, of which only 26 were selected from the USA.  

His clients’ attitudes are reflected in the following excerpts:

"Without exaggeration, the firm is fantastic.  Mr. McAndrews sets the tone for the entire firm.  His attention to detail, responsiveness, professionalism, and keen sense of client needs are reflected in everything the firm does.  You simply feel a sense of security when you are dealing with the firm.  I can only say that when I need a law firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy come to mind immediately."

“However, the highlight of the trial was your closing.  I unsuccessfully fought back tears time and again as you led the jury through the concepts of our legal process.  When you said that you symbolically turn your back on the symbol of the monarch and appeal to the common sense of the ordinary citizen, I couldn’t keep my face dry.  It was a beautiful presentation that clearly flowed from your deep respect and love for our legal system.  It is unfortunate that every citizen is not required to hear and study those words.”

"[Y]ou are the modern day Clarence Darrow when it comes to patent and court room skills."

Mr. McAndrews’ clients have included DuPont, General Foods, Laporte, Merck, Weyerhaeuser, Genlyte, American Home Products, Spalding, Heil, Solo Cup, Fort Howard, Beloit, Prestolite, Maremont, Evenflo, Rexam, Belden, Arachnid, Thetford, CSP Technologies, Inc., Rockwood Specialties, Inc., E.H. Wachs, Co., The American Chiropractic Association and other national and international companies.  He was lead trial counsel for the successful plaintiffs in the celebrated fourteen year antitrust case entitled Wilk et al v. AMA et al.

Mr. McAndrews still believes that two of the most significant highlights of his legal career have been the 1999 inclusion of his law firm in “America’s Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree” by Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D. and the 2010 inclusion of his firm as being among the “100 Top Workplaces in the Chicagoland  Area” as determined by Chicago Tribune Survey.


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