Sharon A. Hwang is a shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., where she focuses her practice on patent litigation and intellectual property counseling relating to medical devices, electronics, and telecommunications systems. In addition to serving as lead trial counsel in patent cases across the country, Sharon regularly argues before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Sharon recently represented a Fortune 500 medical device company in a closely-watched case at the United States Supreme Court involving the standard for awarding enhanced damages under the Patent Act. After prevailing in the Supreme Court, Sharon led a team of attorneys in securing a $254 million judgment in favor of her client, one of the largest damages awards in patent history.
Sharon is listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM1000 as one of the world’s leading patent professionals and in the World Intellectual Property Review as one of its Influential Women in Intellectual Property 2020. She was also recognized in Crain’s Chicago Business as one of its Notable Women in Law 2020. Sharon has also been named as an Illinois Super Lawyer and IP Star every year since 2015. She was previously recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the country by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Sharon currently serves on McAndrews’ Management Committee and she spearheaded the launch of the firm’s Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship, which encourages diversity in the field of patent law. Sharon is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Chicago Legal Clinic, a not-for-profit organization that provides community-based, quality legal services to the underserved and disadvantaged in the Chicago area. She also serves as the President-Elect of the Alumni Board for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois and Vice-Chair of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. She is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and a Director at the Chinese Mutual Aid Association. In 2018, Sharon received the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers and the Justice Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chinese American Bar Association. Sharon is a past-recipient of the Chicago Bar Association’s Vanguard Award, the Asian American Bar Association’s Sandra R. Otaka Leadership Award, and the Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s Advocate for Diversity Award.