Honors + Rankings

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Joseph J. Berghammer, Robert S. Katz, Timothy C. Meece, Jon O. Nelson, Binal J. Patel, Joseph M. Potenza, Charles W. Shifley and Bradley C. Wright are listed as leaders in intellectual property law in the 2021 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 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

The 2020 edition of Chambers and Partners named Banner Witcoff 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  also received a top ranking for his 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 2020 IAM Patent 1000 for patent prosecution and litigation in Illinois, and patent prosecution in Washington, D.C. The following attorneys are recognized in the guide as leading professionals in their practice area and jurisdiction: Joseph J. Berghammer and Binal J. Patel for prosecution and litigation in Illinois; Robert S. Katz and Frederic M. Meeker for prosecution and litigation in Washington, D.C.; Ross A. Dannenberg and Darrell G. Mottley for prosecution in Washington, D.C.; John P. Iwanicki for prosecution in Massachusetts; John R. Hutchins for litigation in D.C; and Timothy C. Meece for litigation in Illinois. Rob and Darrell are also recognized nationwide for their design patent work. 

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.

Several Chicago-based Banner Witcoff attorneys were selected as 2020 Leading Lawyers: Matthew P. Becker, Joseph J. Berghammer, Scott A. Burow, Marc S. Cooperman, Timothy C. Meece, Janice V. Mitrius, Binal J. Patel, Thomas K. Pratt, Robert H. Resis, Charles W. Shifley and Pieter van Es.

Eleven Chicago-based Banner Witcoff attorneys were selected as 2020 Emerging Lawyers: Katie L. Becker, Azuka C. Dike, Brian J. Emfinger, Katie Laatch Fink, Eric J. Hamp, 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 The 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, and Joseph M. Potenza are highlighted for their patent practice. Richard S. Stockton is highlighted for his 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 its patent prosecution and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) litigation practices in the United States, its trademark practice in Illinois, and its patent prosecution work in Illinois and Washington, D.C. The guide also recommended the firm in the patent contentious practice area in both jurisdictions. 

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

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, Katie Laatsch Fink, Bennett Ingvoldstad, Sean J. Jungels, Kevin C. Keenan, Michael L. Krashin, Erik S. Maurer, Timothy C. Meece, Janice V. Mitrius, Jon O. Nelson, Binal J. Patel, Thomas K. Pratt, Charles W. Shifley, Jason S. Shull, and J. Pieter van Es were named to the 2020 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, Steve S. Chang, Evi T. Christou, Michael S. Cuviello, John R. Hutchins, Sarah A. Kagan, Rajit Kapur, Robert S. Katz, Scott M. Kelly, Frederic M. Meeker, Darrell G. Mottley, 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 2020.

Massachusetts —Ernest V. Linek is recognized on the 2020 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 2020 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 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000.

Katie Laatsch Fink, Anna L. King, 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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