May 4, 2023Press Release

Michael Best Partner Peter Prommer Elected to Serve as President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)

Michael Best is pleased to announce that Partner Peter Prommer has been elected to serve as the President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC). For nearly fifteen years, Prommer has served as a member of IPLAC in a number of leadership positions including Vice President, Treasurer, Membership Committee Co-Chair, and Symposium Committee Co-Chair. 

As the President, Prommer will work alongside fellow officers and a board of managers to promote lasting impacts on the intellectual property (IP) law practice through growth and development opportunities, mentoring and peer support, networking, partnerships throughout the community, and events that foster positive advancement of IP in Chicago and throughout the nation.

The following officers and board members were also selected to serve for the 2023-24 term, or will be continuing their service for the second year of a two-year term:


President-Elect: Wasim K. Bleibel, Locke Lord LLP
Vice President: Matthew J. Kelly, Chief IP Counsel, LLC
Secretary: Laura Schaefer, Leydig Vogt & Mayer
Treasurer: Brian Verbus, Kirkland & Ellis
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer: Atanu Das, Guntin & Gust, PLC
Immediate Past President: Tiffany D. Gehrke, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Board of Managers:

Lisa Becker, JPMorgan Chase Bank
Ashly Boesche, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
Azuka Dike, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
Mary Fetsco, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
Judy He, Crowell & Moring LLP
Julie Langdon, Vedder Price
Kwanwoo Lee, UnitedHealth Group
Matthew Marrone, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.
Ryan Phelan, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Selena Spritz, Walgreen Co.

In addition to Prommer, the following lawyers and patent professionals from Michael Best are expected to serve in leadership positions on IPLAC committees for 2023-24 including Jeffrey Brown, Shane Brunner, Luke DeMarte, Michell Kouba, Marshall Schmitt, James Heracklis, Prateek Reddy, and Alison Bayly.

Founded in 1884, IPLAC has played an integral role in intellectual property law as it was the first bar association in the country dedicated to this branch of the legal profession. The organization has always had a strong membership following as it serves to protect and guide innovation in Chicago and across the country through the promotion and advancement of IP law, while fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the practice.

To learn more about IPLAC, click here to visit their website.

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