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McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff Partner Kevin E. Noonan Named 2013 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Biotechnology Law

Kevin E. Noonan, Ph.D.September 12, 2012

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (“MBHB”) is pleased to announce firm partner Kevin E. Noonan, Ph.D. has been named the Best Lawyers in America® 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Chicago metropolitan area in the category of “Biotechnology Law.” Best Lawyers is a highly respected peer-review publication that is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Only a single lawyer in each respective Best Lawyers–designated practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as their “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted by Best Lawyers with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

An experienced biotechnology patent lawyer, Dr. Noonan brings more than 10 years of extensive work as a molecular biologist studying high-technology problems in serving the unique needs of his clients. Dr. Noonan is a frequent speaker, commentator and author on a variety of intellectual property law topics. He is a founding author of the Patent Docs weblog, a site focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law.

About Best Lawyers in America

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers in America® has become universally regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of leading attorneys collectively cast several million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers have no say in deciding which practice areas they are included in. Rather, they are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. (The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). 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.