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McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Highly Ranked within 2013 Edition of U.S.News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

November 1, 2012

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (“MBHB”) is highly ranked in three distinct intellectual property-related practice areas within the 2013 edition of U.S.News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” at the national and metropolitan levels. 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. Rankings are presented in tiers one through three both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state (with Tier 1 being the highest level). MBHB is ranked as follows:

National Level

  • Patent Law (Tier 2)
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property (Tier 2)
  • Litigation – Patent (Tier 2)

Chicago-Metro Level

  • Patent Law (Tier 1)
  • Litigation – Patent (Tier 1)
  • Litigation – Intellectual Property (Tier 1)

Released by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers, the 2013 results include the rankings of more than 10,000 law firms spanning 80 practice areas at the national level and as many as 118 practice areas at the metropolitan level. In terms of research, clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, using a scale of 1 (weakest) to 5 (strongest), addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Lawyers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor. In addition, lawyers were asked to vote on law firms that have a preeminent national presence within specified legal practice area(s) they know well. In addition to information from these surveys, the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings incorporate the 4.3 million evaluations of 68,761 individual leading lawyers collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey.

In addition to lawyer and client feedback, law firms were asked to provide general demographic and background information on their respective law firm and attorneys. This survey also gave firms an opportunity to share information on client profile, the significance of major legal matters they have undertaken, monetary and transactional values (where meaningful and applicable), and other data that speaks to the strengths of a law firm’s practice areas. All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall “Best Law Firms” score for each firm.

About the U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans and more. Website: www.usnews.com

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over thirty years, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,284 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in nearly 70 other countries, covering many of the world’s major legal markets. Best Lawyers lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers. Website: www.bestlawyers.com

About McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP provides creative, pragmatic business solutions through a variety of intellectual property services, including litigation, prosecution, and general client counseling. With offices in Illinois, California and North Carolina, MBHB provides comprehensive legal services to obtain and enforce its clients’ intellectual property rights, from navigating patent office procedures to litigating complex infringement actions. MBHB attorneys prosecute patent and trademark applications in both the U.S. and abroad, handle intellectual property litigation matters in trial and appellate courts across the country, and counsel clients nationwide and worldwide on the enforcement and defense of their intellectual property rights. MBHB attorneys are experienced in the procurement, licensing, enforcement, and defense of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition actions in a number of technological disciplines and product categories including biotechnology, business methods, chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, software and telecommunications. Comprised of over 75 attorneys, the law firm provides effective and service-oriented representation on a case-by-case basis. MBHB attorneys undertake each challenge with a full understanding of their client’s business plan and the ways in which the firm’s services help their clients reach their goals. Regardless of MBHB’s role, the firm never lose sight of their clients’ business objectives. MBHB clients know they have trusted their legal issues and plans for the future with knowledgeable, principled professionals who have their best business interests in mind. Website: www.mbhb.com.