Sharon Hwang is a member of the Executive Committee and a Shareholder at McAndrews. She practices in all
areas of intellectual property law with particular emphasis on patent litigation. She helps her clients maximize the
value of their intellectual property and protect their investments in research and development, and has extensive
experience in a range of technologies including medical devices, electronics, and cellular telephony.
First, and foremost, Sharon is a hands-on courtroom advocate who has tried and litigated dozens of cases and has
briefed and argued numerous appeals. For more than twenty-five years, she has successfully represented parties
in high-stakes patent litigation in federal district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States
Supreme Court. More recently, Sharon has successfully briefed and argued numerous inter partes reviews before
the Patent Trial and Appeal Board pertaining to complex technologies.
In 2013, Sharon and a team of McAndrews attorneys secured a $70 million lost profits damage award in a patent
infringement case tried before a jury in the Western District of Michigan. The verdict was one of The National Law
Journal’sTop Verdicts of that year. Sharon and a notably all-female team won an affirmance in the Federal Circuit
on all liability and damages issues, then successfully petitioned the United States Supreme Court for a grant
of certiorari on an issue pertaining to the Federal Circuit’s reversal of the district court’s punitive damages award
against the defendant. The Supreme Court found in favor of Sharon’s client and clarified the law regarding the
availability of enhanced damages in patent cases. On remand in 2017, the district court once again awarded treble
damages and attorney fees, entering a $254 million judgment in favor of Sharon’s client, which the Federal Circuit
affirmed in late 2018.
Sharon has been awarded numerous accolades, including being listed in the IAM Patent 1000 as one of the
world’s leading patent professionals, selection as an Illinois Super Lawyer and IP Star every year since 2015, and
selection by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association as one of its “Best Lawyers Under 40.” She has
also received the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers and the Justice
Laura C. Liu Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chinese American Bar Association.