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2016 Forty Attorneys Under 40 Presentation

Justin  Weiner
Justin Weiner
Molo Lamken LLP
▶Commercial litigation
40 Under Class – 2016

Justin Weiner has impressed since the start of his legal career, a career that has included clerkships with a pair of judges and terms with two of the top law firms in Chicago.

Weiner’s talents, though, were evident even before he officially began his legal career. He ranked as a top student at the University of Chicago Law School. He did so well there, that a dean at the law school recommended Weiner for a coveted clerkship with Judge Frank Easterbrook, who then served as the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Weiner impressed Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole, too. Weiner and Cole had worked together on publications for the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. Cole had nothing but praise for Weiner’s writing and research abilities and his grasp of the law. Cole recommended Weiner to the leaders at Chicago’s MoloLamken, who wasted little time in hiring this rising young attorney.

Once at the firm, Weiner continued his trend of impressing everyone with whom he came into contact. Weiner made partner at MoloLamken in just three years at the firm. That is the shortest allowable time under the firm’s current policy.

What sets Weiner apart from other lawyers? His peers say that Weiner is devoted to his clients, works hard and, perhaps most importantly, knows as much as anyone about business and patent law. This combination has earned him a stellar reputation among his fellow attorneys and his many satisfied clients.

“At MoloLamken, we pride ourselves on being advocates first and subject-matter specialists second. Justin fits that description to a tee,” said Steven Molo, founding partner of MoloLamken. “He excels at work in all three areas in which we practice, complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation and criminal defense. He is scholarly yet practical, and displays a genuine passion for achieving the best possible results for his clients who often are facing difficult challenges.”

How effective is Weiner in the courtroom? Molo points to a rare win before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO that Justin and MoloLamken partner Ben Quarmby engineered. MoloLamken represented a patent holder in PTAB proceedings against two major providers of financial data. These two companies attempted to invalidate the patent through a petition for Covered Business Method review before the PTAB.

Led by Weiner and Quarmby, MoloLamken convinced the PTAB to deny the petition and not conduct the review, successfully arguing that the patent was a technological invention not subject to review. The PTAB denied the petition in 2015. As Molo says, this rare denial allowed the patent holder to continue its efforts to receive compensation for infringement of its patent.

“Justin is establishing himself as a leader with the firm and the community,” Molo said.

Despite building a busy career, Weiner finds time to give back to his community. He co-chairs his firm’s hiring efforts, playing a major role in assembling what Molo calls an “A-plus” team at the firm. He also serves as co-chair of the Circuit Rider, the publication of the 7th Circuit Bar Association, and is an active member of the Richard Linn Inn of Court, a Chicago-based American Inn of Court dedicated to intellectual property law.

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