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Ann Arbor, Mich. — November 11, 2019—Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, is proud to announce it has again been recognized as a top-tier law firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in its 2020 edition of “Best Law Firms.” Overall, Brinks received National Tier 1 recognition in three practice areas, and Regional Tier 1 rankings in eight practice areas within four U.S. cities. The 2020 “Best Law Firms” list ranks Brinks nationally as a Tier 1, the highest level, in the following categories: 

  • Patent Law (tenth consecutive year)
  • Trademark Law (eighth consecutive year)
  • Litigation-Intellectual Property (second consecutive year)

Four Brinks offices also received Tier 1 rankings at the metropolitan level: 

  • Chicago, IL (in Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, and Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law) 
  • Ann Arbor, MI (in Patent Law)
  • Raleigh, NC (in Biotechnology Law) and 
  • Tampa, FL (in Litigation-Patent, previously ranked in Tier 2)

“Best Law Firm” rankings result from a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer feedback, peer review by leading attorneys, and review of additional information law firms provide during the formal submission process. Additionally, a firm must have at least one attorney listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top five percent of practicing attorneys in the United States, to be considered for ranking in “Best Law Firms.” 

Ann Arbor Managing Shareholder Steven L. Oberholtzer, who has appeared on the Best Lawyers list since 2011, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 list in patent law, and was also named geographic “Lawyer of the Year” in Ann Arbor for the third time. Oberholtzer is co-chair of Brinks’ Automotive Industry Group, which offers comprehensive counsel on intellectual property litigation, patent, licensing, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues involving nearly every major system associated with a vehicle. He keeps a close eye on the automotive market, including autonomy, mobility and connectivity, and the future of the industry.

View the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings here.

Brinks Gilson & Lione

Celebrating more than 100 years of intellectual property law, Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the US, and helps clients around the world protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Our 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. Visit for more information.