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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 2022 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

The 2021 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 recognized Binal Patel as 2021 Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law.

Banner Witcoff is recognized in the 2021 IAM Patent 1000 for patent prosecution. It also ranks the firm for litigation and patent prosecution in Illinois. Additionally, the firm was ranked for litigation and recommended for patent prosecution in Washington, D.C. The following attorneys are recognized in the guide as leading professionals in their practice area and jurisdiction: Binal Patel and Joseph J. Berghammer for litigation and prosecution in Illinois; Robert S. Katz and Frederick M. Meeker for litigation and prosecution in Washington, D.C.; Ross A. Dannenberg and Darrell G. Mottley for prosecution in Washington, D.C.; Timothy C. Meece for litigation in Washington, D.C.; John R. Hutchins for litigation in Washington, D.C.; John P. Iwanicki for prosecution in Massachusetts. Robert and Darrell were also recognized for their design patent work.

Robert S. Katz is named to the 2022 edition of the IAM Global Leaders.

Several Chicago-based Banner Witcoff attorneys were selected as 2022 Leading Lawyers: Matthew P. Becker, Joseph J. Berghammer, Scott A. Burow, Marc S. Cooperman, Katie Laatch Fink, Timothy C. Meece, Janice V. Mitrius, Aseet Patel, Binal J. Patel, Thomas K. Pratt, Timothy Rechtien, Robert H. Resis, Charles W. Shifley, Jason Shull, Richard Stockton, and Pieter van Es.

Eleven Chicago-based Banner Witcoff attorneys were selected as 2022 Emerging Lawyers: Katie L. Becker, Azuka C. Dike, Brian J. Emfinger, Eric J. Hamp, Anna L. King, Michael L. Krashin, 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 2021.

Banner Witcoff’s trademark practice was ranked in the 2021 edition of “IP Stars,” a guide to the world’s top intellectual property firms and practitioners. IP Stars “highly recommended” the firm’s trademark practice in Illinois. Banner Witcoff is one of only six firms to be “highly recommended”— the guide’s highest recognition — in the category.

Banner Witcoff attorneys are recognized as 2021 Managing Intellectual Property “IP Stars”: Marc Cooperman, Ross Dannenberg, John Iwanicki, Sarah Kagan, Robert Katz, Anna King, Timothy Meece, Frederic Meeker, Christopher McKee, Darrell Mottley, Joseph Potenza, Richard Stockton, Pieter van Es, and Bradley Wright. Additionally, Alisa Abbott and Kirk Sigmon are recognized as 2021 Managing Intellectual Property “Rising Stars.” 


Banner Witcoff is included in the National Law Journal‘s 2021 NLJ 500, a survey of the 500 largest U.S.-centric law firms.

Illinois — Matthew P. Becker, Joseph J. Berghammer, Liz Brodzinski, Marc S. Cooperman, Bennett Ingvoldstad, Kevin C. Keenan, Erik S. Maurer, Timothy C. Meece, Janice V. Mitrius, Jon O. Nelson, Binal J. Patel, Thomas K. Pratt, Kurt Riester, Charles W. Shifley, Jason S. Shull, and J. Pieter van Es were named 2021 “Illinois Super Lawyers” and “Illinois Rising Stars.”

Washington, D.C. —  John R. Hutchins, Rajit Kapur, Robert S. Katz, Scott M. Kelly,  Frederic M. Meeker, Darrell G. Mottley, Shambhavi Patel, Joseph M. Potenza, Camille Sauer, Kirk A. Sigmon, Blair A. Silver and Bradley C. Wright were named Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” in 2021.

In the 2021 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, Frederic M. Meeker, and Binal J. Patel are highlighted for their patent practice. Joseph J. Berghammer is also highlighted for his trademark practice.

Banner Witcoff received a National Tier 1 ranking in intellectual property litigation, patent litigation and patent law in the 2022 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

Banner Witcoff is recognized in Vault’s Top 150 Under 150 in 2022.

Banner Witcoff is ranked in Vault’s 2022 list of Best Intellectual Property Boutique Law Firms and Best Midsize Law Firms in Chicago. 

Banner Witcoff is ranked as a top trademark firm in the 2021 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 2021 edition of the annual guide.

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