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McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorney Sharon Hwang Begins Tenure As President of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Chicago, IL -- McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Sharon Hwang has been named president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (AABA) for the 2009-2010 term. With more than 500 members and associates, AABA is one of the largest Asian American bar associations in the nation.

Hwang, who served as AABA’s vice president during the previous term, was installed along with other new officers, directors and honorary directors before a large crowd of AABA members and legal community dignitaries at a July 16 ceremony and awards reception. The event was held at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.

The AABA was founded in 1987 to serve Chicagoland’s Asian American attorneys and the Asian American community. In addition to furthering the professional development of its members, AABA works to increase awareness among elected officials on issues of importance to the community, encourage increased Asian American representation in all areas of the legal profession including the judiciary, and serve the legal needs of the community by supporting not-for-profit organizations.

"We wish Sharon well in her new role with the AABA and could not be more pleased about her numerous contributions to fostering diversity while continuing to maintain her successful law practice and provide exceptional service to our clients," said McAndrews founding partner John J. Held.

Hwang was named one of the 2007 "Best Lawyers Under 40" in the United States by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and recently was featured in Chicago Lawyer magazine as among the next generation of diversity leaders in the Chicago legal community.

Hwang 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.

At McAndrews, Hwang 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 and headed up the firm’s marketing committee for six years. 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. Hwang also is a member of the Board of Directors of The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms where she chairs the public relations committee. The Coalition 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 on supporting the building, implementation and continued relevancy of women’s initiatives in law firms. Hwang received her Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, where she 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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