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McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorney Sharon Hwang Elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Chicago, IL -- McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Sharon Hwang was elected vice president/president-elect of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (AABA). She will serve as vice president for the 2008-2009 term and will be installed as the president in the summer of 2009 for a one-year term.

The AABA serves Chicagoland’s Asian American attorneys and community by increasing awareness among elected officials on issues of importance to the Asian American community, documenting the need for increased representation in all areas of the legal profession including the judiciary, and serving the legal needs of the community by supporting not-for-profit organizations. The 20-year-old AABA has more than 400 members and associates.

"We congratulate Sharon on this honor and are very proud that she is a member of our firm," said McAndrews founding partner and board chairman George P. McAndrews. "Above all, Sharon is a highly skilled attorney, but she also is one of our firm’s leaders, both in serving our clients and taking the helm on several of the firm’s programs, including its diversity efforts."

Hwang, who was named one of the 2007 "Best Lawyers Under 40" in the United States by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, practices intellectual property law with particular emphasis on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling. She has played major roles in multi-million-dollar patent litigation cases and has extensive experience in federal trial and appellate courts on matters involving patent, trademark, unfair competition and antitrust claims. She also has taken the lead in preparing briefs for both the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Her practice spans such diverse technologies as orthopedic implants, implantable defibrillators, electro-optical printing systems, surgical navigation systems, drift tube linear accelerators, digital cellular telephones, laparoscopic suction irrigators, interactive television systems and railcar components.

At McAndrews, Hwang headed up the firm’s marketing committee for six years, is a founding member of its diversity committee and serves on the executive recruiting committee. She also spearheaded the launch of the firm’s Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship. She is a past board member of the Organization of Chinese Americans Greater Chicago Chapter, previously provided pro bono legal services to Boston’s Chinatown community, and has volunteered with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Representing McAndrews, she also is a member of the Board of Directors of The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms. The recently launched organization provides a forum for representatives of member-firms’ women’s initiatives to collaborate with each other on enhancing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women lawyers and supporting the building, implementation and continued relevancy of women’s initiatives in law firms. As a law student at Boston College Law School, Hwang was the managing editor of the Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest, Boston College’s commercial law review.

About McAndrews, Held & Malloy

Founded in 1988, McAndrews, Held & Malloy is one of the nation’s preeminent legal resources on intellectual property, antitrust and technology matters, serving institutions ranging from major multinationals and start-ups to world-class colleges and universities. The firm’s technically trained attorneys have built an unparalleled record of litigation successes in jury trials, bench trials and ADR proceedings. In addition, McAndrews offers its clients services in the following areas: patent and trademark procurement and portfolio management, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, international practice, intellectual property/technology opinions and investigations, due diligence and M&A support, technology licensing and joint ventures, and technology transfers and donations. Additional information can be found at

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