CHICAGO (March 31, 2017) – Michael Best is pleased to announce it has added William Carroll to its Chicago office as senior counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.
With more than 20 years of experience as a pharmaceutical researcher for a global healthcare company, Carroll brings a strong life sciences background that will enable him to counsel clients in a variety of areas, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He focuses his practice on U.S. and foreign patent prosecution matters, patent drafting, and global patent portfolio management. Additionally, his industry sector knowledge includes an emphasis on several technologies, including small-molecule drugs, pharmaceutical formulations, immune oncology treatments, bone regeneration treatments, refrigerants and propellants and batteries, among other areas.
“We’re delighted that Bill will be joining our team in Chicago,” said Kerryann Haase Minton, Michael Best’s Chicago Office Managing Partner. “Our firm continues to focus on bringing cutting edge technology in the life sciences, and Bill will add to that with his wealth of knowledge in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries – combined with a strong understanding of the quickly evolving intellectual property arena.”
As a former research chemist with Abbott Laboratories, Carroll managed teams of research scientists in drug discovery programs and clinical development of drug molecules, and was responsible for studies and programs surrounding the synthetization of drugs for pain, depression, urological diseases, and hepatitis. Additionally, he is also the holder of 50 U.S. patents related to pharmaceutical drug molecules.
“Michael Best’s strong in-house legal and scientific knowledge is increasingly important for clients – and it was a large part of my decision to join the firm,” Carroll said. “Having spent so much time on the research and innovation side of the business, I believe I can bolster the firm’s already-strong team and create tailor-made solutions for my clients and peers.”
Outside of his legal work, Carroll is an active member of the American Chemical Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.
Carroll received his J.D., magna cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School, his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, and his B.S. from the University of Illinois.