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Chambers USA Ranks Brinks Among Top IP Law Firms In Illinois
June 15, 2012

CHICAGO – For the tenth consecutive year, Brinks Gilson & Lione has been named among the top intellectual property law practices in Illinois in the annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition, Brinks attorneys Jerome Gilson, Gary M. Ropski, Laura Beth Miller and Ralph J. Gabric were selected for individual recognition as leading lawyers in intellectual property. Brinks has been listed as a top Illinois firm in Chambers USA since the publication’s inception.

Jerome Gilson was ranked as a “Senior Statesman” by Chambers USA, marking the ninth time he has been listed in the annual rankings. The publication described Mr Gilson as “a renowned trademark lawyer with a particularly prestigious reputation for his work in trademark and unfair competition matters.” Widely recognized as the original author of Gilson on Trademarks, a leading treatise in the field, Mr Gilson has helped some of the largest trademark owners in the world develop legal strategies to protect their brands.

Gary M. Ropski, who served as president of Brinks from 2006 to 2011, was ranked in Band 1, the highest of the six Chambers USA categories for individual attorneys. Mr Ropski is praised as “an excellent litigator” by commenters. He has been listed in the annual Chamber USA ranking every year since its inception. With over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Mr Ropski has litigated in every federal judicial circuit in the United States and in almost all of the top 10 court districts for patent litigation. He has participated in more than 100 intellectual property lawsuits and has received accolades for his skill at presenting and rebutting claims in litigation, making complex topics easily understandable by a jury or judge. Mr Ropski also taught patent and copyright law for 17 years at the Northwestern University School of Law.

Also making a ninth appearance in Chambers USA was Laura Beth Miller, moving up to Band 2 in Illinois. In the current rankings, the publication reported that Ms Miller “is held in excellent regard by her peers for antitrust, IP and commercial litigation.” According to commentators, she is “a great lawyer whom you would hire in a heartbeat.” Ms Miller is chair of the International Trade Commission practice at Brinks and has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies as general counsel on trade secret protection, trademark clearance and use, patent and copyright protection and licensing matters. She is a litigator in the traditional areas of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. In addition, she has extensive commercial litigation experience in contract, antitrust, product liability, RICO violations and bankruptcy.

Ralph Gabric was ranked in Band 3 in Illinois by Chambers USA, marking his ninth appearance in the publication. Mr Gabric is chair of the firm’s Litigation practice and focuses on high-stakes patent litigation and related antitrust matters. With more than two decades of trial experience, he frequently holds first- or second- chair responsibilities in bench and jury trials. Mr Gabric's litigation experience includes Markman hearings, preliminary injunctions, temporary restraining orders, arbitrations, mediations and appeals.

The annual Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business was first introduced to the U.S. market by Chambers and Partners in 2003. Chambers’ rankings are based on in-depth interviews with leading private practice attorneys and key in-house counsel. Individual rankings are based on “technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client.” For more information about Chambers USA and the 2012 rankings, visit

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 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 bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City, Ann Arbor and Indianapolis. More information is available at