Laura brings high energy, personal commitment, and a wealth of experience to every project she tackles. Whether representing a high tech company in a patent infringement proceeding before the ITC, protecting a client’s trade secrets in an arbitration proceeding, or helping high school students develop the analytical skills and self-confidence to succeed in college, Laura brings passion and drive to her work. “It is important to me that every client, every person, knows that I ‘have their back’, that I am a team player, and that I will work relentlessly to get them the best possible result.”
With over 25 years of litigation and counseling experience, Laura takes a hands-on approach to litigation, while staying focused on the client’s ultimate goals and strategies. She is “held in excellent regard by her peers for antitrust, intellectual property and commercial litigation,” and is recognized as one of the top women intellectual property lawyers in Illinois.
While others may shy away from new technologies, Laura tackles them head-on. When clients began moving their business activities to the Internet, Laura was there to counsel them on how to protect and defend their IP rights in this “new frontier.” She was among the first attorneys to represent clients in the Eastern District of Texas, where she continues to regularly represent clients today, as well as in other patent-focused district courts. As more and more businesses recognized the need to expand globally, Laura’s litigation and counseling skills expanded globally as well. Recognized by IAM 1000 for IP litigation, “the firm’s increased visibility – and success – at the ITC is credited to first chair litigator Laura Beth Miller.” And, as her clients’ technology and business needs continue to evolve, Laura’s knowledge base expands to meet those needs. As Laura notes, “today’s clients are increasingly seeking advice on how to protect and defend their IP rights on social media. That IP may involve technologies implicating patent issues or creative elements requiring consideration of trademark and copyright issues.”
As Laura explains, “one of the most exciting parts of being an IP attorney is the ability to learn about new and cutting-edge technologies, and then to share that knowledge with a judge or jury. IP law provides the backbone on which to counsel and represent clients as new technologies emerge.”
Laura believes “Thinking Forward” means not only helping clients identify a course of action that will solve their immediate problem or need, but also identifying and implementing processes that will help clients succeed in the future.
However, thinking forward also means finding ways to improve the world around us. With the firm’s support, she has worked to develop and maintain a mentoring program with Legal Prep Charter Academy, a completely free, open enrollment Chicago Public charter school on the city’s west side, whose goal is to have every student graduate and enroll in college. Brinks’ attorneys partner with Legal Prep students to explore legal themes, such as Free Speech and Due Process, while developing critical thinking, problem solving and advocacy skills. The mentoring program aims to instill skills and confidence in students, many of whom will be the first in their family to graduate high school, to think forward positively about their future. As a mentor and a Board member of Legal Prep Charter Academy, the success of these students is as important and personal to her as the success of our clients.