14 McAndrews Attorneys Named to the IAM Patent 1000


Christopher V. Carani, Sandra Frantzen, Troy Groetken, Herb Hart, David D. Headrick, Sharon Hwang, Deborah Laughton, Ed Mas, Pete McAndrews, Eligio Pimentel, Wil Rao, Bob Surrette, Malaika Tyson, and Tom Wimbiscus are recognized in the 2023 edition of the IAM Patent 1000, which highlights the world’s leading patent professionals.

According to IAM, “Pre-eminent full-service IP and technology firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy is home to an exceptional bench of attorneys, who can handle almost any IP-related matter. Its practitioners manage many major portfolios, represent leading companies in all major contentious forums, and expertly assist clients in transactional deals.”

The McAndrews attorneys recognized this year include the following:

  • Christopher V. Carani – “Operating on both sides of the contentious and non-contentious divide is Christopher Carani. He has many talents, but he is widely regarded as one of the country’s premier design patent lawyers.”
  • Sandra Frantzen – “[Clients] of all sizes can turn to Frantzen for patent support. She is exceptionally strong when working in the medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology fields.”
  • Troy Groetken – “Groetken is a leading strategist and has impressive expertise in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical fields.”
  • Herb Hart – “The commercially astute Hart is a prolific PTAB attorney whose procedural knowledge of the forum is hard to compete with.”
  • David D. Headrick – “Headrick is an esteemed and strategic litigator, who is at his best when the stakes are high.”
  • Sharon Hwang – “Hwang is regularly in court arguing in patent infringement cases. She has particular specialisms in medical devices and communication technologies.”
  • Debbie Laughton – “Laughton is an elite-level prosecutor and portfolio manager, who builds an exceptional understanding of her clients’ businesses.”
  • Ed Mas – “Mas is a strategic and savvy litigator who knows how to connect with judges and juries.”
  • Pete McAndrews – “McAndrews is well versed in all aspects of intellectual property and has handled matters relating to a wide range of technology. He has been representing TQ Delta in a number of disputes against some major competitors.”
  • Eligio Pimentel – “Few attorneys have the experience in high-value cases that Pimentel does. During his 28-year career, he has been involved in several multi-billion-dollar infringement suits.”
  • Wil Rao – “Rao is a business-minded prosecutor who also has litigation expertise. He has taken several cases all the way through to trial.”
  • Bob Surrette – “Surrette is an exceptional litigator with a wealth of trial experience. He has represented a leading international medical device manufacturer for over 15 years.”
  • Malaika Tyson – “Chemistry Ph.D. Tyson is a shrewd operator who develops tailored strategies for her patrons, many of which are in the life sciences space.”
  • Tom Wimbiscus – “Wimbiscus has been involved in more than 100 litigations and over 100 IPRs, boasting a stellar track record across the board.”

Read more about the firm and individual rankings here.