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Brinks Gilson & Lione Hires Law Firm Business Development Veteran Christopher Batio to Support Continued Expansion
July 17, 2017

CHICAGO—The board of directors at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione has named Christopher Batio as its new chief marketing and business development officer, following a nationwide search. He assumed the role on July 10, 2017.

Batio has more than two decades' experience working with professional services firms, driving business growth through a focus on competitive intelligence and business development. Working domestically and internationally on business development initiatives, Batio has led teams at Am Law 200 law firms, a Big Four accounting firm, and a Fortune 100 company. He specializes in developing relationships at Fortune 1000 companies, managing competitive and market intelligence programs, improving proposal development processes, and upgrading legal IT infrastructure to support business intelligence.

Before joining Brinks, Batio served as market intelligence senior manager at Sidley Austin in Chicago. Prior to that, he was director of communication and business development in the Washington, DC office of Arent Fox, where he led a team that supported lawyers and lobbyists focused on IP, international trade, healthcare, and FDA matters.

Batio previously held business development leadership positions at law firms including Steptoe & Johnson, Pierce Atwood, and Crowell & Moring. Earlier in his career, he also served as a government spokesperson and as a journalist.

“I’m delighted to welcome Christopher Batio to Brinks,” said firm president-elect Gus Siller. “With his experience in developing new business for law firms and a deep and broad range of skill sets in professional services, we are confident he will be instrumental in creating and implementing strategies to support Brinks' ongoing competitive positioning, profitability, and expansion.”

A Chicago-area native, Batio holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a B.S. in Mass Communication and English from Illinois State University. He also earned a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Maryland.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join such an accomplished firm that is focused on innovation and technology—two subjects that are passions of mine,” Batio said, adding, “I’m here to learn and to teach—and looking forward to both.”

Brinks Gilson & Lione continues to focus on expansion in strategic areas.. The firm’s attorneys, patent agents, and scientific advisors number more than 140 after the firm added more than 20 attorneys as lateral hires, three scientific advisors, and 14 associates in two fall hiring classes in late 2015 and 2016. Seven new associates are set to join the firm this fall.

Last year, Brinks opened a new office in Tampa, Florida., its seventh in the US, and on June 28th, received approval from the Department of Justice of the People’s Republic of China to open its first overseas office in Shenzhen—the technology hub dubbed China's Silicon Valley. Brinks is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year.

"Brinks is succeeding in a competitive market, and our success is based on deep technical knowledge, a broad range of experience in intellectual property law, and our dedication to client service," said Brinks' president Sobieraj. "I know Christopher Batio shares our optimism for the future and our commitment to serving our clients."

Brinks Gilson & Lione

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