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Brinks Gilson & Lione Attorney Danielle Gillen Wins "Best Team Pitch" in The Chicago Committee's Rate My Pitch Program
October 22, 2015

CHICAGO—Danielle Gillen, an attorney at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, and a team of her peers, recently won the "Best Team Pitch" title in the third annual Rate My Pitch program of The Chicago Committee.

Rate My Pitch is a professional development program for mid- and senior-level associates that aims to provide instruction in business relationship-building practices. Associates are chosen for the program based on nominations from their firms. The selective program culminates in a competition in which the eighteen participants are assigned to teams to develop and present a formal pitch to a panel of judges composed of in-house counsel from Chicago area-based companies in response to a mock RFQ for legal services. Participants are evaluated on professional presence, substantive competence, empathy, and effective communication.

Brinks President James Sobieraj nominated Gillen. “Danielle is an excellent lawyer, and demonstrates a mature and focused commitment to her law practice and her professional development,” commented Sobieraj. “I am delighted that the judges recognized Danielle and her teammates by naming them the winning team, and I am very grateful to the Chicago Committee for offering this valuable program to diverse associates at member firms.”

Shareholder Danielle Anne Phillip participated in the Rate My Pitch program as a mentor. “Having watched all the teams make their final pitches, I was impressed with Danielle’s poise and presentation, which highlighted her skills as a practitioner as well as her professionalism,” said Phillip. “The win for ‘Best Team Pitch’ against tough competition is a testament to her excellence.”

Gillen focuses her practice on patent prosecution, opinion work, and licensing in the areas of medical devices and the mechanical arts. She also has extensive experience in patent litigation concerning a range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and the mechanical arts.

Since 1987, The Chicago Committee has sought racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. The organization collaborates with its members, including Brinks, to drive sustainable institutional change at law firms and in corporate legal departments, provides professional development programs, and cultivates the community of minority lawyers through programming and leadership opportunities. More information is at

Brinks Gilson & Lione
The attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents at Brinks Gilson & Lione focus their practice in the field of intellectual property. Brinks is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks lawyers provide counseling in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. More information is at