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McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorney Troy Groetken Named One of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch for 2009 By Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Chicago, IL -- McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Troy A. Groetken was named one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch" for 2009 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company (LBPC), publisher of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Groetken was selected from among more than 700 lawyers nominated.

According to the publisher, this year’s honorees possess "intelligence, passion, scores of successful verdicts, hard work for clients, a desire to help the community and a willingness to work hard." In addition to lawyering skills, career achievements and contributions to the community and the profession, the selection process is based on how quickly the nominees have risen within their area of practice.

A registered patent attorney and a registered clinical pharmacist in Illinois, Iowa and Michigan, Groetken represents international and Fortune 500 clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological industries. His work has encompassed patent prosecution, licensing, complex transactional issues and global portfolio management involving chemical processes, drug-related therapies and processes, medical devices, tumor-related applications, ophthalmic therapies and stem-cell therapies, among other matters.

Groetken was praised by clients and his peers for his technical skills and experience. A number of his clients also complimented his practical and caring approach to client relationships as well as his exceptional ability to communicate difficult technical topics to both senior executives and non-patent lawyers.

"Troy is a forward-thinking patent attorney who addresses not only the legal needs of a client but also the business needs related to his legal advice," said Kirk Goodwin, senior patent counsel for Whirlpool Corporation.

Another client, KemPharm, Inc., commented, "Troy has worked side by side with our company to develop a strong IP portfolio in a very technical field. His unique knowledge in the biotech and medical fields has allowed us to maneuver our patents into a distinct and solid position within a very tricky IP space."

Groetken also was recognized for his contributions to the Association of Patent Law Firms (APLF), an international association of independent specialty law firms that devote a majority of their practice to patent, trademark and copyright law. Groetken served two years as president and a subsequent year as vice president of APLF and has been a board member for six years. As president, he was credited for helping to shape a new direction for APLF by reviving and expanding roundtable programs and other live events. He also led efforts to attract a broader audience that included law firms based abroad and law students who desired career counseling and mentoring.

One nominator wrote that APLF’s recent successes "would not have been realized, but for Troy’s

hard work and vision."

Groetken is involved with other professional groups as well, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance, the American Pharmacists Association and the Licensing Executives Society.

"Troy’s many successes on behalf of our clients and our firm, as well as his dedication to serving the legal profession particularly through his involvement with APLF, have rightfully earned him praise among his peers," said McAndrews’ founding partner and president George P. McAndrews. "We congratulate Troy and are proud of all of our young attorneys who have received this honor over the last few years."

McAndrews shareholders Michael B. Harlin, James (Jay) R. Nuttall and Dean A. Pelletier were previously recognized as "40 Under Forty" attorneys by LBPC. They received the honor in 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively.

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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