Eleven McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorneys Recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Annual Listing of Top-Rated Lawyers in the United States


CHICAGO – February 9, 2017 – McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., announced today six of the firm’s shareholders have been named Illinois Super Lawyers and five attorneys were selected as Illinois Rising Stars for Intellectual Property Litigation and/or Intellectual Property. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers who have attained the highest levels of respect from their peers for professional achievement within their specific practice area.

Candidates are selected through a process that includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Selections are made annually and on a state-by-state basis. Super Lawyers Magazine, which is delivered to attorneys within the state or region and ABA-accredited law school libraries, will feature the list and include profiles of selected attorneys.

McAndrews chairman and shareholder Timothy J. Malloy and shareholder Sharon A. Hwang were featured in 2017 as Super Lawyers in Intellectual Property Litigation, while shareholders Patrick J. Arnold Jr., Christopher V. Carani, Nabeela Rasheed, Ph.D., and George Wheeler were featured in 2017 as Super Lawyers in Intellectual Property. These attorneys have all previously been selected to the respective lists, indicating consistently high levels of client service among senior members of the firm. No more than five percent of the state’s total lawyers are selected as Super Lawyers each year. 

Dunstan Barnes, Ph.D., Carey J. Prill, Christopher M. Scharff, Michael S. Tomsa and Malaika O. Tyson, Ph.D., were selected as Rising Stars for 2017. Prill, Scharff and Tomsa have been included in previous Rising Stars listings. No more than two-and-a-half percent of the lawyers in the state are selected as Rising Stars each year.

Timothy J. Malloy has been involved in numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements and has served as lead counsel in trials throughout the country. His professional highlights include obtaining a $166 million damage award, and preparing and arguing before the Supreme Court in a case involving patent protection for medical devices. In addition to being featured in several prestigious publications, Malloy was named WIPR Leader in 2016, has been selected by peers for Best Lawyers in America from 2014 – 2017, and has been listed as a Super Lawyer since 2005.

Patrick J. Arnold Jr., has been practicing intellectual property law at McAndrews, Held & Malloy since he graduated from law school in 1990.  While his practice has been concentrated in patent, trademark and copyright litigation, he also assists clients in prosecution, counseling and licensing. Arnold has been lead trial counsel on many lawsuits and has extensive experience with all pretrial, trial and post-trial activities in the federal courts.  He has tried cases to both judgment and jury verdict in federal court, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  He has also handled full evidentiary and partial-evidentiary preliminary injunction hearings, along with arguments before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Christopher V. Carani  practices in all areas of intellectual property law with a particular focus on design IP, which regard design patents, trade dress and copyrights. Carani has extensive experience litigating design IP cases, including representations before U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court and the ITC.  He has procured thousands of strategic design rights, both in the U.S and in over 70 countries around the world. In both 2015 and 2016, he was included in IAM Magazine’s Patent 1000, and referred to as one of the U.S.’s “pre-eminent design law experts.” Carani is on faculty at Northwestern University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor teaching IP Law & Policy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the forthcoming multi-jurisdictional compendium entitled “Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection” (2017, Walters Klowers N.V.). Carani is current chair of AIPPI Committee on Designs. He has been included in Super Lawyer listing since 2007.

Sharon A. Hwang has represented parties in high-stakes patent litigation in federal district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court for more than 20 years. Hwang has represented Stryker in all phases of the Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. case, which resulted in a $90 million judgment for Stryker followed by the Supreme Court siding with Stryker in a pivotal patent lawsuit over enhanced damages.  In addition to her work at McAndrews, Hwang serves as the President of the Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the public interest and community services relating to the Asian Pacific American community in the Chicagoland area.  She frequently speaks at conferences and forums on patent-related issues and diversity issues.

Nabeela Rasheed, Ph.D., focuses on the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights. She advises companies seeking to identify, protect and maximize the value of their IP portfolios. A highly trained biochemist and patent agent for nearly 10 years before earning her law degree, Dr. Rasheed understands the technologies, laws and regulatory processes that play a role in the marketability and success of agricultural, biological, medical and pharmaceutical products. Dr. Rasheed represents Fortune 500, multinational companies whose products involve a broad range of traditional and emerging technologies. She has extensive experience with opposition practice in Europe and regularly represents clients in patent reexaminations, inter partes reviews and post-grant reviews.

George Wheeler has counseled corporate clients in a wide variety of patent matters for more than 25 years. He’s secured hundreds of patents in industries including chemical, mechanical and medical technologies. His specialty is patent analysis, both for patentees and for opponents of patents, and prosecution and strategic development of high-value patent portfolios. Wheeler has been published in several well-regarded publications and has conducted more than 25 post-grant patent review proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dunstan H. Barnes, Ph.D., focuses on protecting and analyzing design rights. This includes drafting and prosecuting design patent applications, and conducting opinion work and due diligence investigations. Barnes also has experience drafting and prosecuting utility patent and trademark applications across a wide range of technological fields and industries. Barnes graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was inducted into both the Bar & Gavel Society and the Order of the Coif. He earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge and has presented his research at several international conferences in the Netherlands, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States.

Carey J. Prill practices in all areas of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on patent litigation and IP due diligence investigations. She has extensive experience with a wide range of technologies including medical devices and methods, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Prill graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law and earned her B.A. in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University.  She is currently working toward her M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.  This is her fourth time being selected as a Rising Star attorney.

Christopher M. Scharff’s practice includes all areas of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent litigation through discovery, trial and appeal, as well as inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office. He has experience litigating the Lanham Act, false advertising and antitrust disputes, and unfair competition. Scharff regularly assists clients with mergers and acquisitions, licensing negotiations, patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate opinions and trademark portfolio management. He has been named to Rising Stars for the last four years.

Michael S. Tomsa focuses on intellectual property disputes, which include wireless communications, software, electrical devices and consumer products. He has practiced before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Tomsa has extensive experience in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office procedures including ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, as well as inter partes review proceedings under the America Invents Act. 

Malaika D. Tyson, Ph.D., focuses her practice on corporate IP and patent protection strategies. These include competitive analysis and portfolio management, due diligence and patent and trademark prosecution. Tyson’s clients range across a broad spectrum of industries, but her specialty is in the consumer goods, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Tyson chaired the Associate Board for the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, and currently serves as a co-chair of AIPLA’s PTAB Biotechnology Subcommittee. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the ABA-IPL Patent Legislation Committee and Vice-Chair of Bottom Line Chicago’s Emerging Leaders Board. In her spare time, Tyson provides pro bono services at the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bethel New Life in the Austin neighborhood, and regularly speaks at conferences and expos. 

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 a 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, design rights, 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.