February 15, 2017
Fitch Even is pleased to announce that Mark W. Hetzler has been elected as the firm’s managing partner. Mark has spent his entire legal career with Fitch Even, joining the firm as a law clerk in 1990 while attending the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. After passing the bar in 1993, he continued to work for the firm as an associate. Mark made partner in 1998 and has been a member of Fitch Even’s Executive Committee since 2005. In addition to his thriving practice, Mark has served the firm in a number of leadership roles over the years, most recently as its risk management adviser.
Mark’s practice focuses on developing, managing, and monetizing all aspects of his clients’ intellectual property, including through procurement, licensing, and litigation. He is particularly adept at counseling clients on worldwide IP portfolio development and management and corporate IP development and clearance policies and programs.
Mark succeeds Timothy P. Maloney, one of the firm’s most active patent litigators, who has served as Fitch Even’s managing partner since 2010. Tim, who will continue to serve on the firm’s Executive Committee, noted, “Having worked side by side with Mark for the past 23 years, I’m pleased to pass the baton to him. He’s a great fit for this important role, and we look forward to an exciting future under his leadership.”
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