2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Great atmosphere and colleagues.”
“Quality of work.”
“Lack of clarity on bonuses.”
About Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Premier Chicago intellectual property firm Marshall, Gerstein & Borun advises a diverse client roster made up of Fortune 500 corporations, startups, small to mid-sized companies, nonprofits, universities, research institutions, and independent inventors in its specialty areas of patent, trademark, and copyright protection and litigation. Located in Chicago’s Willis Tower, the firm is an enduring part of both Chicago’s skyline and the IP legal landscape.
Major Players in Intellectual Property
Founded in 1955 as Merriam & Lorch in the Chicago Board of Trade building, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun originally focused on the electrical, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Over the next 57 years, the firm branched out and today covers patents in a wide array of industries including nanotechnology, genetics, optics, biochemistry, microbiology, computer and software engineering, and medical devices. The firm works with clients in 100 countries and on six continents. It has advised Procter & Gamble for 30 years, Amgen since its founding in 1980, GE, Pfizer, Hollister Inc., Merck Serono, Newell Rubbermaid Inc., and Northwestern University, among others.
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun has played a major role in historic Supreme Court cases in IP law, such as Walker Process Equipment, Inc. v. Food Machinery & Chemical Corp., University of Illinois Foundation v. Blonder-Tongue Laboratories, Inc., and more recently, the landmark Amgen cases—Amgen Inc. v. Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Amgen Inc. v. F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., and Amgen, Inc. v. Hospira, Inc.
The firm and its attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their field by publications such as Chambers USA, Fortune, Intellectual Asset Management Magazine, Intellectual Property Today, and Corporate Counsel.
A Culture of Science
Only those with scientific and technical educational backgrounds need apply: staffing deals and cases with attorneys who understand the complexities of the inventions behind the patents is of prime importance to Marshall Gerstein. Over 90 percent of the firm’s attorneys hold degrees in science or engineering, and many of those attorneys have past technical and scientific work experience at companies and institutions like Abbott Laboratories, AT&T, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Motorola, Inc., and the U.S. Air Force. In addition, over 80 percent of the firm’s agents and technical specialists have Ph.D.’s or other advanced technical degrees.
Samurai Warriors Will Protect your Patent
One client was so grateful for his Marshall Gerstein attorneys’ tenacious representation that he gifted them with a samurai suit of armor. The client, a surgery professor whose invention expanded skin tissue for the purpose of reconstructive surgery, explained that his attorneys had “represented him as loyally and fiercely as any Samurai warrior.” As to his choice of samurai armor, the client explained he doubted a samurai sword would have made it past security.
Marshall Gerstein is enthusiastically continuing to recruit for summer and full-time positions while working in a remote environment. We find that virtual OCI and job fair programs allow us to meet with a greater number of candidates from many locations across the U.S., who may not have otherwise had such opportunities due to location restrictions and other logistical challenges. This also allows more of our attorneys to participate. Interviews are hosted through Zoom meetings and we have developed a robust onboarding program to seamlessly integrate our Summer Associates and new professionals into the firm.
News & Awards
For the eleventh consecutive year, Marshall Gerstein has been named in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. Marshall Gerstein is recognized for consistently receiving impressive performance ratings by clients and peers.
The Final Co., designer and manufacturer of FinalStraw, was issued a General Exclusion Order (GEO) by the International Trade Commission (ITC), pertaining to certain foldable reusable drinking straws and components and accessories thereof. The GEO will bar the importation, into the United States, of products from anywhere in the world which infringe U.S. Patent No. 10,123,641, for the life of the patent. “The ITC is a powerful option, and it one of the only anti-counterfeiting remedies that can literally stop knock-offs at the border before they reach US markets,” said Marshall Gerstein partner, Ben Horton.
Marshall Gerstein is one of just 23 midsize law firms to pilot the Diversity Lab’s newly-launched Midsize Mansfield Rule certification process. The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.
Marshall Gerstein is pleased to announce that each and every one of the firm’s lawyers has donated to the Chicago Bar Foundation’s 14th Annual Investing in Justice Campaign allowing for critical legal assistance to tens of thousands of people in need. This is the third year in a row that the firm has reached this goal.
233 South Wacker Drive
6300 Willis Tower
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 474-6300
Chairman and Managing Partner: Jeffrey S. Sharp
Recruiting Chair: Julianne Hartzell
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
50 - 100
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,400/week
Senior Legal Recruiting & PD Coordinator
No. of U.S. Offices: 2
Automotive & Transportation
Biotechnology & Life Sciences
Cleantech & Renewables
Electrical & Computer Technologies
Industrial & Mechanical Technologies
Internet & Cyberlaw
Non-Profit Technology Transfer
Post-Grant Patent Proceedings
Trademarks & Copyright
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.