McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Sandra A. Frantzen Recognized by AABAR and Decalogue Society for her Outstanding Legal Achievements and Contributions


McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Sandra A. Frantzen was one of six women honored for her outstanding achievements in the practice of law, as well as her contributions to the Arab American Bar Association of Illinois (AABAR). Hosted by the AABAR and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Frantzen was recognized at the “Celebrating Women in the Legal Profession” event at The John Marshall Law School on April 7, 2016.

At McAndrews, Frantzen practices a broad range of intellectual property law focusing on patent, trademark and copyright litigation, and client counseling in various industries, with a particular focus in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Her work includes formulating litigation and dispute resolution strategy, appearing and arguing in court as lead trial counsel, participating in and preparing for jury trials and arbitration proceedings, and working with witnesses and experts. Frantzen also regularly advises clients on strategic IP development, acquisition, protection and enforcement with a focus on value. In 2014, she was featured as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch.”

In addition to her role as a successful trial attorney and litigator, Frantzen has made significant contributions to the legal industry and community at large. She is currently the Vice President for AABAR and is a member of the Advisory Council at the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, an organization dedicated to assisting Iraqi and other Arabic-speaking refugees and immigrants.

The five other women honored at the Celebrating Women in the Legal Profession event included:

  • Professor Nina Appel, Dean Emerita, Loyola University School of Law
  • Donna Haddad, Senior Counsel, IBM Corporation
  • Sana’a Hussien, Partner, Law Offices of Sana’a Hussien & Associates, P.C.
  • Honorable Nancy Katz, Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division
  • Diane Redleaf, Founder and Executive Director, Family Defense Center