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McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorney Sharon Hwang Named Board Member of the Chicago Legal Clinic

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Chicago, IL -- McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Sharon Hwang was named the newest board member of the Chicago Legal Clinic (CLC), a premier provider of community-based quality legal services to the underserved and disadvantaged in the Chicago area. She will serve a three-year term.

The not-for-profit CLC, which offers direct legal counseling and high-quality representation at low cost or pro bono, has represented more than 170,000 clients. The organization’s services focus on immigration, domestic violence, housing issues, children’s rights, the rights of those with disabilities, bankruptcy, public benefits and urban environmental cases.

"Sharon continues to go above and beyond, both as an accomplished attorney who serves our clients exceptionally well, and as a public servant who cares deeply about giving back to the community," said McAndrews founding partner and board chairman George P. McAndrews. "We are proud of her successes and achievements."

A 2007 honoree as one of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s "Best Lawyers Under 40," Hwang has played major roles in multi-million-dollar patent litigation cases and has handled several appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her intellectual property law practice focuses on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling involving technologies ranging from orthopedic implants and drug-eluting stents to digital cellular telephony and interactive television systems.

At McAndrews, Hwang serves on the firm’s executive recruiting committee. As a founding member of the firm’s diversity committee, she spearheaded the launch of the firm’s Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship, which encourages diversity in the field of intellectual property law.

Hwang was also recently named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal processes and the law’s impact on society. She is president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area and represents McAndrews on the Board of Directors of Chicago’s Coalition on Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms. In addition, Hwang is a past board member of the Organization of Chinese Americans Greater Chicago Chapter, has volunteered with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and previously provided pro bono legal services to Boston’s Chinatown community.

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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