Marshall, Gerstein & Borun Attorneys Listed Among 2014 “Best Lawyers in America”

August 23, 2013

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP is pleased to announce that three lawyers have been named to the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Published since 1983, Best Lawyers is called "the definitive guide to legal excellence" because it is based on over four million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Lawyers are selected for inclusion on the Best Lawyers in America list based exclusively on merit. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional experience, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

The Marshall, Gerstein & Borun attorneys named to the Best Lawyers list include:

Thomas L. Duston (Litigation – Intellectual Property)

Mr. Duston, an experienced hands-on trial lawyer, has litigated patent infringement claims representing clients in a diverse array of technologies within the medical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, computer, Internet, explosives, automotive and metals industries, among others. He has been lead counsel in more than 40 patent infringement matters in federal courts throughout the United States. Most recently, Mr. Duston served as lead trial counsel for one of the defendants in Eolas Technologies LLC v. Adobe, et al. (E.D. Tex.), a case in which defendants successfully invalidated two of the most notorious early Internet patents. Mr. Duston’s talents also include strategically positioning cases so as to enable favorable dispositions through negotiation, dispositive motions, or parallel reexamination proceedings. Mr. Duston has represented some of the most sophisticated companies in the U.S. including CDW, Charter Communications, T-Mobile, Groupon, Express LLC, Home Depot, GE Aviation, Abbott Laboratories, Raytheon, as well as Zappos.com, among others.

Robert M. Gerstein (Patent Law)

Mr. Gerstein, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, has more than 25 years of experience counseling clients in a wide range of industries on all aspects of intellectual property, negotiating patent and trademark agreements and providing legal opinions. He currently focuses on a variety of IP transactions, but has a long history in patent litigation, where he has been involved in the settlement of over one hundred matters. Whether in litigation or transactional matters, he strives to provide practical and economical solutions, tailored to the specific matter and each client’s business. Mr. Gerstein was selected as one of the "World’s Leading Intellectual Property Strategists" and also as one of the "World’s Leading Patent Practitioners" by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. Mr. Gerstein is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell® 2009 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and was also awarded its AV Peer Review Rating™. He has been recommended by his peers as a "Leading Lawyer", and voted an Illinois Super Lawyer.

Donald W. Rupert (Biotechnology Law)

With more than 35 years’ experience, Mr. Rupert has handled over 100 intellectual property litigation matters in the chemical, consumer products, heavy equipment, pharmaceutical, and computer industries. He has been lead trial counsel in jury and bench trials and lead appellate counsel in IP appeals; he has also acted as lead IP attorney in commercial transactions having a cumulative value of over $15 billion. His skills have been acknowledged by Martindale-Hubbell® with the AV rating for 25 consecutive years, Leading Lawyers, and The Legal 500. Mr. Rupert was also recognized by Best Lawyers as a 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Biotechnology in the Chicago area. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.