McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorneys Listed in the 2021 Inaugural Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch


McAndrews, Held & Malloy announced that partners Michael J. Carrozza, Chad A. Pahnke, Ryan J. Pianetto, and Michael S. Tomsa, and associate Chad K. Stroud, were selected by their peers for inclusion in the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

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Michael J. Carrozza spent 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry prior to becoming an attorney. Michael focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and licensing, and advises clients on intellectual property in mergers and acquisitions, open-source software use and compliance, and freedom-to-operate issues. He was recognized as an Illinois Rising Star in 2018.

Chad A. Pahnke is an experienced patent prosecutor who has written and prosecuted over 100 U.S. and foreign patents. Chad has prosecuted applications in a wide variety of technical fields including communications networks, wireless communications, consumer electronics, advertising and media, analog and digital circuits, audio/video processing, software security, printing technology, and other electrical, software, mechanical, and business-related fields.

Ryan J. Pianetto represents clients in many aspects of intellectual property law, including patent and trademark litigation, patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate, and intellectual property due diligence and transactions. Ryan has counseled clients of various sizes ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies on diverse technologies, including medical and surgical devices, a wide array of mechanical systems and devices, and electromechanical devices.

Chad K. Stroud, Ph.D. focuses on patent prosecution and patent and trademark litigation, and has extensive experience providing patent validity, freedom to operate and patent infringement analyses. Before studying law, Chad received a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he won awards in patent law and IP moot court.

Michael S. Tomsa has a hands-on approach to patent matters that leverages knowledge gained from his academic training as an electrical engineer, five years of experience as a patent agent and technical adviser, and the prosecution of more than 100 patent applications. Michael has broad experience in the aerospace, electronics, and medical device industries, and his patent work has included medical devices, drones, spacecraft, battery charger systems, computer software and hardware and cell phones. He has counseled clients ranging from solo inventors to Fortune 500 companies on all aspects of prosecuting and protecting patents.