Eligio C. Pimentel Shareholder
Eligio is a member of the Executive Committee and a Shareholder at McAndrews. For 25 years, he has litigated and tried complex, high-stakes patent cases in courts across the United States. He has represented clients in billion-dollar Federal court disputes, as well as in arbitrations, including one resulting in a $166 million award in favor of his client. As trial counsel, Eligio uses these experiences to guide all aspects of trial strategy and preparation, including complex discovery and related post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The result is pragmatic and cost-effective dispute resolution.
Eligio is recognized by both Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars and IAM Patent 1000. IAM said he litigates “high-stakes patent infringement cases with poise.” It also noted that “Eligio puts his clients first and is the quintessential relationship partner who goes the extra mile to ensure the provision of a timely and high-quality service. He’s a trusted adviser and true partner.”
He also maintains an active transactional practice, advising clients on a range of issues including patent portfolio management, licensing, freedom to operate opinions, and mergers and acquisitions.
His successful litigation and transactional practice has touched on a diverse spectrum of technologies, including orthopedic implants, semiconductor devices, cybersecurity software, coronary stent delivery systems, fuel cells, ocular implants, VR/AR technology, thermal hand-held labelers and printers, ultrasonic medical devices, barcode scanners, and machine vision products. Eligio’s clients benefit from the hands-on experience he gained working for several years as an engineer at 3M Company and Bechtel Corporation.
Accolades received over the years include:
“I’ve said this several times now to my law clerk but I thought I ought to say it to you folks because when the verdict comes in, inevitably one side will be happy, one side will be disappointed. I thought this was a very well-tried case by both sides. I really, you know, patent cases are not the easiest kinds of cases to present to a jury. I thought every single lawyer here did a superb job making the issues straightforward, as simple as they reasonably could be made. The disputes that counsel raised were confined to serious matters, and you didn’t waste the jury’s or my time with unnecessary issues. I really think regardless of the outcome, both sides have reason to be proud as lawyers of the work you did.” (Federal District Court Judge)
“I have sat through an unbelievable number of trials, not quite so many arbitrations and the level of professionalism and the advocacy in this case has been exceptional in my judgment.” (Senior Arbitrator, retired Federal District Court Judge)
“McAndrews rocks! As always, you guys put together a great strategy that allowed truth and justice to prevail! I continue to be impressed with the high quality of the people and work at McAndrews. I have taken the opportunity to send the opinion out to several people, showing them that this sort of early, straight on approach can produce great results. I’m sure you will understand that I refer to it as the “McAndrews Shock and Awe” approach to patent litigation. Thanks again for an outstanding effort.” (Deputy General Counsel)
“Great news. Congratulations, great work. That one got nipped in the bud [via summary judgment]…Well strategized and executed.” (VP Intellectual Property)
“I have now read your claim construction brief, and I wanted to say that I thought it was excellent work. Comprehensible even to a non-technical person and (in my view) compelling…I do realize that you and the McAndrews team must be working all hours to comply with the ludicrous schedule imposed upon us, and it is very much appreciated.” (Director Intellectual Property)
Eligio grew up in the California Central Valley, the son of migrant farm workers. As a result, he is a long-time active supporter of closing the educational opportunity and achievement gap for children from marginalized groups and communities. Eligio is a past member and vice chair of the Illinois State Board of Education. He also is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and the Mary Crane Center. Currently, he serves as vice chair and member of the Board of Directors of AVID® and also as a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Alliance Illinois.
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