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Fifteen Attorneys at IP Law Firm Brinks Gilson & Lione Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2018, Three Named "Lawyer of the Year"
Published By The Best Lawyers in America 2018 August 15, 2017

CHICAGO—Fifteen attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Eleven of the honored attorneys are based in Brinks’ Chicago office; one each is based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Washington, D.C., and Tampa, Fla.

The Brinks attorneys recognized are:

Allen R. Baum   Biotechnology Law; Corporate Law; Patent Law (RTP)
Henry L. Brinks  Litigation - Patent; Patent Law
Alejandro J. Fernandez Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent; Trade Secrets Law (Tampa)
William H. Frankel  Copyright Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property
Ralph J. Gabric  Litigation - Patent
Jerome Gilson   Litigation - Intellectual Property; Trademark Law
Jeffery A. Handelman  Trademark Law
Gregory Loyde Hillyer  Litigation - Intellectual Property (Washington, DC)
Brad Lane   Litigation - Intellectual Property
Richard G. Lione  Patent Law; Trademark Law
James P. Naughton  Patent Law
Steven L. Oberholtzer  Patent Law (Ann Arbor)
Mark H. Remus  Litigation - Intellectual Property
Gary M. Ropski  Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent
James R. Sobieraj  Litigation - Intellectual Property; Patent Law

Three Brinks attorneys received “Lawyer of the Year” recognition in their respective geographical and legal practice areas:
Allen Baum was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Biotechnology Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Raleigh. He has 25 years of experience as a patent attorney and is the managing shareholder of Brinks’ Research Triangle Park office.

William Frankel was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2018 Copyright Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Chicago. He has practiced intellectual property law for nearly four decades and is the chair of Brinks' copyright practice group.

Steven Oberholtzer received the Best Lawyers 2018 Patent Law "Lawyer of the Year" award in Ann Arbor. He has more than 35 years of experience as an intellectual property attorney, and has particular expertise in intellectual property legal issues related to the automotive industry. Oberholtzer is the managing shareholder of Brinks' office in Ann Arbor.

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice areas. More information is at

Brinks Gilson & Lione

Celebrating its centennial year in 2017, Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the US, and helps clients around the world to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Brinks Gilson & Lione’s more than 140 lawyers, patent agents and scientific advisors assist clients in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright law. Brinks attorneys provide informed counsel with respect to innovations in a range of complex and valuable technologies, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, bioengineering, industrial manufacturing, electronics and software, and medical devices. More information is at