Intellectual Property Lawyer and Business Leader to Head Nixon Peabody’s Chicago Office

Janet M. Garetto Named Office Managing Partner

January 24, 2012 // Franchising.com // Chicago, IL. -  Nixon Peabody LLP is pleased to announce that Janet M. Garetto has been named managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office effective February 1, 2012.

Ms. Garetto is a trusted advisor to leading companies across a wide range of industries regarding intellectual property counseling and litigation. She is president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, which is the oldest IP law association in the United States, with more than 1,000 members. She is also active in the Chicago business community holding two leadership positions with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Garetto counsels clients on patent drafting and application prosecution across various chemical and mechanical areas, and preparing infringement, invalidity, and due diligence opinions. She also focuses on trademark matters, trademark prosecution, and handling proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Ms. Garetto is an experienced patent and trademark litigator. She is also a member of the firm’s Policy Committee, which serves as an oversight and policy making body.

“Janet is an outstanding attorney with deep ties to the Chicago business community,” said Andrew I. Glincher, CEO and managing partner of Nixon Peabody LLP. “We are excited about the opportunity to tap her leadership capabilities as Nixon Peabody expands its depth and breadth in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest.”

Ms. Garetto succeeds Stephen G. Rudisill, a highly respected and successful intellectual property litigator well known in Chicago business circles. Mr. Rudisill led the Chicago office for more than four years while managing his busy practice. “Steve was instrumental in launching our Chicago office in 2007 and has made tremendous contributions to our firm,” said Mr. Glincher. “I wish to thank Steve for his many years of service and leadership.”

“Steve is a wonderful mentor who has brought all of our capabilities to a higher level, and we are privileged to be his colleagues,” added Ms. Garetto. “We’ve seen a lot of growth in our Chicago office, and I am excited to lead this dynamic team of attorneys, professional specialists and staff going forward.”

Ms. Garetto was named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch Under 40” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company in 2006. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and her B.A. in chemistry from Northwestern University. Ms. Garetto is also a graduate of the Executive Program at the Harvard Business School.

About Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody LLP helps clients navigate complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law, and finance. With approximately 700 attorneys throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia, their focus is on working collaboratively to serve clients ranging from large corporations and financial institutions to entrepreneurs and private individuals. Employing innovative and client-centered approaches, the firm helps to anticipate and capture opportunities, prepare for and manage risks, protect intellectual property, and forecast and overcome obstacles. Nixon Peabody is committed to the clients it serves, the communities in which it serves them, and the diverse professionals who have helped make it a “Best Law Firm” and a “Best Place to Work.”

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