John L. Abramic
John L. Abramic

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has appointed John L. Abramic to be the new managing partner at its Chicago office.

Abramic, 45, has been with the firm’s Chicago office since 2013, following 12 years at intellectual property firm McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. He started in his new position on Jan. 1.

“It’s an honor to be trusted with this responsibility,” Abramic said. “We’ve had tremendous growth under wonderful leadership for the last several years and my hope is to take the baton and keep moving in that direction. We have a great group of lawyers. We’re young, and we’re growing.”

Abramic is taking the reins of a Chicago office already in the midst of transition. In September, the firm relocated to new office space at the Franklin Center, 227 W. Monroe St.

“It’s a much more modern space,” Abramic said. “It’s bigger, there’s more meeting space and better technology. It’s really been a good upgrade.”

Abramic noted that the firm also added two partners and seven associates to the practice in the last year, which has enabled the office to expand its services.

The 40-attorney Chicago office specializes in intellectual property law and complex commercial litigation, while the firm’s larger national and international practice also works regularly with financial services and regulatory law, areas the Chicago office is working on increasing its presence in.

“We’re strengthening our core competencies while also expanding in other areas that are synergistic with the larger firm overall,” Abramic noted.

Abramic’s personal practice is focused on intellectual property litigation, representing patent holders and companies accused of intellectual property infringement.

He has successfully argued cases before federal district courts nationwide and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and is frequently party to investigations at the International Trade Commission and Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Abramic said his new position will not change his personal practice, but rather give him additional administrative responsibilities.

In addition to his mix of defense and plaintive work for Steptoe’s regular clients, Abramic does pro bono work through the Trial Bar Program and has previously received the Northern District of Illinois Award for Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Service.

He is also a founder of the firm’s Talent Sponsorship Program, which aims to build relationships between Steptoe partners and diverse associates to share their experience and provide professional guidance.