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Locke Lord's Carolyn Blessing Recognized as 2021 Notable Rising Star in Law by Crain's Chicago Business

September 9, 2021

(CHICAGO) September 9, 2021Chicago Partner Carolyn Blessing has been named by Crain’s Chicago Business as 2021 Notable Rising Star in Law, recognizing her demonstrated impact at Locke Lord and in the community in under five years of Partnership.

Blessing serves as the Firm’s Chicago office Hiring Partner and is Past President of the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of the organization’s National Board. She also Co-Chairs the Chicago Women in IP Mentoring Circles Committee and is a Visionary Member of Step Up, an organization that propels girls in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential. Previously, Blessing served as Secretary of the Richard Linn American Inn of Court and Chair of St. Procopius Legal Clinic. A dedicated supporter of the arts, she also Co-Chairs the Joffrey Ballet’s Generation J Leadership Council and serves as Board Vice President of 137 Films.

A member of Locke Lord’s IP Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Practice Group, Blessing is deeply experienced in Hatch-Waxman litigation. She represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in all aspects of federal intellectual property litigation, including pre-litigation activities, Paragraph IV Certifications, filing, fact and expert discovery, claim construction, motion practice, pre-trial, trial, post-trial and appellate phases. Most recently, she had significant roles in two fully virtual federal trials. 


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Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach and 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs in the United States and around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a leader in the middle market arena. Locke Lord focuses on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality and service to clients across its five Key Sectors: Energy and Infrastructure; Finance and Financial Services; Insurance and Reinsurance; Pharmaceutical; and Private Equity. In addition, the Firm advises clients across a broad spectrum of other industries, including fund formation, venture capital, health care, public finance, real estate, technology, cybersecurity and white collar, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.