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Brinks IP Litigator Laura Beth Miller Receives Lawyer Monthly 2014 Women in Law Award for International Trade
March 24, 2014

CHICAGO—Intellectual property attorney Laura Beth Miller, a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione and co-chair of the firm's International Trade Commission (ITC) practice group, has won a 2014 Women in the Law Award from international legal news publisher Lawyer Monthly, in the category of International Trade.

Honorees were selected based on involvement in significant legal activity in 2013; the size of cases and/or transactions they worked on; previous recognition, including recognition by their peers; and votes from Lawyer Monthly readers. Research was conducted in January and February of 2014.

Miller was recognized for her prominence in international trade litigation, including her work on Section 337 investigations before the ITC and her position as a chair of Brinks' growing ITC practice for the last seven years. She will be featured along with other award recipients in a special edition of Lawyer Monthly to be published in May 2014.

'It's extremely gratifying to be selected by Lawyer Monthly for this recognition,' said Miller on learning of the award. 'More importantly, the award recognizes the outstanding work performed by the 35 attorneys who make up our International Trade Commission practice group and who have demonstrated excellence in client work in the past eight years.'

Miller was appointed to chair the ITC practice group at Brinks in 2006.  Since her appointment, the firm opened offices in Washington DC for its expanding ITC practice, and added former Administrative Law Judge Carl Charneski, former Office of Unfair Import Investigations attorney Jay Reiziss, and former Commission attorney Lyle Vander Schaaf to its practice group.

Brinks' ITC group represents clients in section 337 and other proceedings before the International Trade Commission.

The firm's clients for ITC Section 337 proceedings have included Eastman Kodak Company; Atom Medical; ZF Friedrichshafen and ArvinMeritor; mobile telecommunications company ZTE Corporation and ZTE-USA Corp.;; and The Holmes Group, owner of Rival Co.

Laura Beth Miller is a skilled trial attorney with experience in intellectual property law, as well as antitrust and commercial litigation. She represents major Fortune 500 companies in patent and trademark matters. Alongside her practice before the ITC, Miller focuses her practice on district court litigation, particularly in the “rocket dockets.”

Miller is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as numerous federal courts. She has been recognized as one of Illinois' leading intellectual property lawyers by Chambers USA (2004-2013), has been an Illinois Super Lawyer every year for the last ten, and has been named a Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer in eight of the last nine years. She has also been named one of the Top 50 Women Business Litigation Lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network. An adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School, Miller received her B.A. from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from The College of William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law.

The Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards celebrate and highlight the achievements of women in the legal profession across the globe. Lawyer Monthly’s research department used a point-based evaluation system which was applied to each person shortlisted for entry. One point was awarded for each of the following criteria: votes received from Lawyer Monthly readers, documented activity in 2013 when compared to industry peers, previous accolades and entries within the international legal guides, dollar value of involvement within transactions, deals & cases (where relevant), involvement in significant legal cases and legal activity, peer recognition and personal achievement.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.;  Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at

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