Honors & Awards

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP: Recent Honors & Awards

  • MBHB is highly ranked in key intellectual property-related practice areas within the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of U.S.News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Overall rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their relevant practice area(s), and a review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. MBHB is recognized at the national and Chicago metropolitan levels in the guide-designated categories of: "Biotechnology Law," "Litigation -- Intellectual Property," "Litigation -- Patent," "Patent Law," and "Trademark Law." 
  • MBHB is favorably ranked among top law firms in the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of “Intellectual Property.” Chambers USA determined that MBHB is composed of “outstanding and consistently excellent patent lawyers” and the “firm is very strategic and very practical.” MBHB was recognized as “doing a good job in biotechnology and chemicals with some fine lawyers.”
  • MBHB is favorably ranked in the 2013 World IP Survey guide, as published by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. MBHB is recognized within the United States in the guide-designated categories of “Patent Prosecution” and “Bio Life Sciences.”
  • MBHB and several of its partners are favorably ranked in the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 editions of IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, as published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. MBHB and several partners are recognized within Illinois in the IAM Patent 1000 guide-designated categories of “Prosecution,” “Litigation,” and “Transactions.”
  • MBHB is favorably ranked in BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation (as published by the BTI Consulting Group) in the categories of “Go-To IP Law Firm,” "Best for Complex Patent Work,” and “Go-To IP Litigation Firm.”
  • Eight MBHB partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2017 and 2016 editions within the Best Lawyers-designated specialty areas of: Biotechnology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.
  • Six MBHB partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2015 edition within the Best Lawyers-designated specialty areas of: Biotechnology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.
  • Five MBHB partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2014 edition within the Best Lawyers-designated specialty areas of: Biotechnology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.
  • Four MBHB partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2013 edition within the Best Lawyers-designated specialty areas of: Biotechnology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.
  • MBHB is ranked in the 2018 and 2017 “Vault 20 Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For.” MBHB is ranked in the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 “Vault Top 150 Under 150,” Vault’s list of leading midsized law firms (those with fewer than 150 attorneys). MBHB is highly ranked in the 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 “Vault Law Firm Rankings: Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area: Intellectual Property Boutiques.”
  • MBHB is favorably ranked among the top 10 in the 2017 edition of Juristat's “Top 100 U.S. Patent Firms.” The annual ranking of U.S. patent prosecution law firms is based on an objective measurement of those firms’ performance in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • MBHB ranks in the top five intellectual property law firms for allowance rate for patent applications within the USPTO’s Technology Center (TC) 3600, according to data published in 2017 by Juristat. The average allowance rate in TC 3600 is only 66.1%, which is well below the USPTO average of 72%. In securing an impressive allowance rate of 87.7% in TC 3600, MBHB secured its top five ranking among U.S.-based law firms having disposed of at least 500 applications in TC 3600 during the 10-year period from 2006-2015.
  • MBHB ranks among the top 20 intellectual property law firms across four key metrics within the USPTO’s Technology Centers (TC) 3600 and 3700 (covering much of the e-commerce, software and electrical engineering tech sector), according to data published in 2017 by Juristat. The four key metrics include: Number of Applications Filed; Allowance Rate; Average Number of Office Actions Before Allowance; and Average Time of Allowance.
  • MBHB ranks among the top 20 intellectual property law firms across four key metrics within the USPTO’s Technology Centers (TC) 2100, 2400, 2600 and 2800 (the electrical engineering tech sector), according to data published in 2017 by Juristat. The four key metrics include: Number of Applications Filed; Allowance Rate; Average Number of Office Actions Before Allowance; and Average Time of Allowance.
  • MBHB partners Joseph Herndon, Dr. Kevin Noonan, Dr. Sherri Oslick, and Dr. Andrew Williams are favorably recognized in the 2017 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards. MBHB is recognized as the Top Firm with readers in the category of "Pharmaceutical Industry" and on the subject of "Patents." The Readers’ Choice Awards recognize top authors being read by C-suite executives, in-house counsel, media, and other professionals across the JD Supra platform.
  • MBHB partners Dr. Kevin Noonan, Dr. Sherri Oslick, Dr. Andrew Williams and Dr. Donald Zuhn, Jr. are favorably recognized in the 2016 JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards. The Readers’ Choice Awards recognize top authors being read by C-suite executives, in-house counsel, media, and other professionals across the JD Supra platform.
  • MBHB was named a 2012 and 2013 “Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies” in the areas of (respectively) “Intellectual Property” and "Patent Prosecution." To select Go-To Law Firms, American Lawyer Media surveys general counsel at Fortune 500 companies and asks them which law firms they rely on in various practice areas.
  • IP Law + Business’s “Who Protects Innovation in America 2009” names MBHB as a top patent prosecution firm. IP Law + Business recently polled some of the country’s largest companies and found that MBHB ranked among the top go-to intellectual property firms.
  • A recent Corporate Counsel survey ranked MBHB in the top ten firms representing the Fortune 250 in intellectual property, with MBHB outranking a number of general practice firms.
  • The Legal 500 directory ranks MBHB in the top ten firms in life science/chemical patent litigation.
  • MBHB Partner Paul H. Berghoff was selected to receive the Intellectual Property Owners Association's (“IPO”) 2011 President's Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to the IPO over a substantial period of time. IPO President Doug Norman presented the award during the luncheon at the IPO's Annual Meeting on September 13, 2011 in Los Angeles.
  • MBHB partner Paul H. Berghoff was named the Best Lawyers in America® 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Chicago metropolitan area in the category of “Litigation - Intellectual Property” and Best Lawyers in America® 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Chicago metropolitan area in the category of “Patent Law.”  
  • MBHB partners Kevin Noonan, Ph.D. and Donald Zuhn, Jr. were named for inclusion in the 2017 edition of IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. IAM Strategy 300 lists individuals that in-depth research has shown possess world-class skills in the development and roll-out of strategies that maximize the value of patents, copyright, trademarks and other IP rights.
  • MBHB partner Kevin E. Noonan, Ph.D. was named the Best Lawyers in America® 2017 and 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Chicago metropolitan area in the category of “Biotechnology Law.” 
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