Honors + Rankings

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Joseph J. Berghammer, Robert S. Katz, Timothy C. Meece, Jon O. Nelson, Binal J. Patel, Joseph M. Potenza, Christopher J. Renk, Charles W. Shifley and Bradley C. Wright are listed as leaders in intellectual property law in the 2020 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Banner Witcoff received a National Tier 1 ranking in intellectual property litigation, patent litigation and patent law in the 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

2019 edition of Chambers and Partners named Banner Witcoff as a top intellectual property law firm. Banner Witcoff received a top ranking for patent prosecution in the District of Columbia and a top ranking for intellectual property law in Illinois. Marc S. Cooperman and Joseph M. Potenza also received a top ranking for their practice in intellectual property law.

Crain’s Chicago Business named Charles Miller and Binal J. Patel as 2019 Notable Gen X Leaders in Law. 

Azuka C. Dike is featured in Crain’s 2018 Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers.

Banner Witcoff is recognized in the 2019 IAM Patent 1000 for patent prosecution and litigation in Illinois, and patent prosecution in Washington, D.C. Joseph J. Berghammer is recognized for prosecution in Illinois; John P. Iwanicki is recognized for prosecution in Massachusetts; Ross A. Dannenberg, Frederic M. Meeker and Darrell G. Mottley are recognized for prosecution in Washington, D.C.; Timothy C. Meece and Christopher J. Renk are recognized for litigation in Illinois; and John R. Hutchins and Robert S. Katz are recognized for litigation in Washington, D.C. Robert S. Katz and Darrell G. Mottley are also recognized for design patent work in the United States.

Timothy C. Meece is named to the 2019 edition of the IAM 300 The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Banner Witcoff is recognized in Intellectual Asset Management for preparing and prosecuting the highest quality U.S. patents for our clients in 2017. IAM collaborates with Ocean Tomo on its data and analysis.

Thirteen Chicago-based Banner Witcoff attorneys were selected as 2019 Leading Lawyers: Matthew P. Becker, Joseph J. Berghammer, Scott A. Burow, Marc S. Cooperman, Timothy C. Meece, Helen Hill Minsker, Janice V. Mitrius, Binal J. Patel, Thomas K. Pratt, Christopher J. Renk, Robert H. Resis, Charles W. Shifley and Pieter van Es.

Twelve Chicago-based Banner Witcoff attorneys were selected as 2019 Emerging Lawyers: Katie L. Becker, Azuka C. Dike, Brian J. Emfinger, Katie Laatch Fink, Eric J. Hamp, Michael J. Harris, Kevin C. Keenan, Anna L. King, Michael L. Krashin, Timothy J. Rechtien, Bradley J. Van Pelt and Victoria R. McDonald Webb.

Banner Witcoff is featured in Law360‘s list of 400 largest U.S. law firms in 2019.

Lisa M. Hemmendinger and John P. Iwanicki are featured as “Life Science Stars” in the 2018 edition of LMG Life Sciences.

In the 2019 edition of Legal 500, Banner Witcoff is listed as a top firm in the “Patents: Prosecution” practice area, which includes reexamination and post-grant proceedings, and the “Trademarks: Non-Contentious” practice area that covers prosecution, portfolio management and licensing.  Joseph J. Berghammer, Ross A. Dannenberg, John R. Hutchins, Robert S. Katz, Christopher L. McKee, Frederic M. Meeker, Binal J. Patel, Joseph M. Potenza and Christopher J. Renk are highlighted for their patent practice. Helen Hill Minsker and Richard S. Stockton are highlighted for their trademark practice.

Banner Witcoff received Managing Intellectual Property’s 2019 “Impact Case of the Year” award for its work representing Converse in its trademark battle against entities selling knock-off versions of the company’s iconic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. 

Banner Witcoff’s trademark practice was named “2019 Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year” and “2019 Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year” among Midwest law firms.

Blair Silver, Brad Wright, Fred Meeker, and John Hutchins were named to MIP’s list of “Top 50 Petitioner and Patent Owner Attorneys at the PTAB in PTAB Proceedings Filed in 2018.”

Banner Witcoff is recognized for patent prosecution and litigation in the United States, and patent prosecution and litigation in Illinois and Washington, D.C., in the 2019 edition of Managing Intellectual Property “IP Stars.” The firm is also recognized for trademarks in Illinois.

Seventeen Banner Witcoff attorneys are recognized as 2019 Managing Intellectual Property “IP Stars”: Marc S. Cooperman, Ross A. Dannenberg, Michael J. Harris, John P. Iwanicki, Sarah A. Kagan, Robert S. Katz, Christopher L. McKee, Timothy C. Meece, Frederic M. Meeker, Helen Hill Minsker, Darrell G. Mottley, Joseph M. Potenza, Christopher J. Renk, Joseph M. Skerpon, Richard S. Stockton, J. Pieter van Es and Bradley C. Wright.

Helen Hill Minsker is recognized in the 2019 Managing Intellectual Property “IP Stars” list of “Top 250 Women in IP.”

Retired shareholder Sheldon W. Witcoff was honored with the 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Banner Witcoff is included in the National Law Journal‘s 2018 NLJ 500, a survey of the 500 largest U.S.-centric law firms.

Illinois — Matthew P. Becker, Joseph J. Berghammer, Marc S. Cooperman, Azuka C. Dike, Audra C. Eidem Heinze, Brian J. Emfinger, Katie Laatsch Fink, Sean J. Jungels, Kevin C. Keenan, Michael L. Krashin, Erik S. Maurer, Timothy C. Meece, Janice V. Mitrius, Jon O. Nelson, Binal J. Patel, Justin M. Philpott, Timothy J. Rechtien, Christopher J. Renk, Charles W. Shifley, Jason S. Shull, J. Pieter van Es and Bradley J. Van Pelt were named to the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists for their work in intellectual property law and intellectual property litigation.

Washington, D.C. — Robert F. Altherr, Michael S. Cuviello, John R. Hutchins, Rajit Kapur, Scott M. Kelly, Chunhsi Andy Mu, Shambhavi Patel, Joseph M. Potenza, Camille Sauer, Blair A. Silver and Bradley C. Wright are named Washington, D.C., “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” in 2019.

Massachusetts —Ernest V. Linek is recognized on the 2019 Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” list for his work in intellectual property law.

Banner Witcoff received a National Tier 1 ranking in intellectual property litigation, patent litigation and patent law in the 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

Banner Witcoff is recognized in Vault’s Top 150 Under 150 in 2019.

Banner Witcoff is ranked No. 5 on Vault’s 2020 list of Best Intellectual Property Boutique Law Firms.

Banner Witcoff is listed in the Washington Business Journal’s 2019 list of the largest firms in the Washington, D.C. area.

Banner Witcoff is ranked as a top trademark firm in the 2019 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000.

Helen Hill Minsker, Christopher J. Renk and Richard S. Stockton are also ranked as world’s leading trademark professionals in the 2019 edition of the annual guide.

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