Women in Law 2022



S andra Frantzen is a partner at McAndrews Held & Malloy where, for over 20 years, she has assisted clients in building intellectual property portfolios and resolving worldwide intellectual property disputes. Sandra serves as lead trial and outside counsel for start-up and Fortune 500 companies, focusing on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling in the medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and consumer products industries. Sandra has appeared as lead trial counsel on behalf of clients in federal courts throughout the country, has managed worldwide patent litigations and disputes, and has handled disputes with alleged damages in the hundreds of millions. Sandra participates in all aspects of dispute resolution from pre-litigation consultation to trial and appellate work. Her work includes assessing legal issues surrounding clients’ technologies, formulating litigation and dispute resolution strategy, appearing and arguing in court, handling jury trials and arbitration proceedings, and spearheading mediation and settlement sessions. One client from an international biotechnology company stated, “Sandra was absolutely instrumental in the successful defense and resolution of this case that was, quite literally, ‘bet the company’ litigation. This experience led my company to work with Sandra on multiple other matters, and she has never failed to deliver….As a client and as a professional colleague, this is one lawyer that I definitely want on my side of the table.” Sandra is a member of the Patent Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent Office. She has served as lead trial counsel in several inter partes review proceedings and has received multiple favorable decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board after full trial on the merits. Sandra regularly advises clients on transactional issues including strategic intellectual property development, acquisition, protection, and enforcement. She is experienced in evaluating patent portfolios, drafting and negotiating license and manufacturing agreements, performing due diligence review and analysis of intellectual property rights for corporate acquisitions and mergers, and assigning clients in obtaining patent, copying, and trademark registrations. Sandra has served as lead intellectual property counsel assisting clients in corporate acquisitions. Sandra has degrees in chemistry and environmental science and graduated with honors from The University of Chicago Law School. Sandra is past President, and currently serves on the Board, of the Arab American Bar Association of Illinois (AABAR). She is a founding Steering Committee member of the National Arab American Bar Association. She serves on the working executive committee of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening and is the co- chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee of AABAR. Sandra was named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40” and received the Building Bridges award in a joint endeavor between the Decalogue Society and AABAR.



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