Emer L. Simic

Emer L. Simic

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
 | 2 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-269-8000
Fax: 312-269-1747
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (80%),
  • Intellectual Property (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    An accomplished litigator who excels at guiding clients through complicated intellectual property issues, Emer focuses her practice on pharmaceutical patent litigation, post-grant review, opinions and client counseling.

    As a partner at Green, Griffith & Borg-Breen, she takes a solutions-focused approach to her work, digging deep into the technical details to formulate winning legal strategies.

    Emer has broad experience representing both patent holders and defendants in Hatch-Waxman and patent infringement cases. She has served as trial counsel in patent infringement cases before the U.S. District Court, and successfully represented clients in inter partes reviews (IPRs) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

    Beyond her many courtroom achievements, Emer is also a savvy business advisor to her clients in the pharmaceutical, life science, biotechnology and chemical industries. Viewing every client as a long-term partnership, Emer considers her counseling role as one that evolves over the full life-cycle of an initiative, from partnering with the client’s technical and business teams to formulate product development and regulatory strategies, all the way through patent litigation and market launch.

    Originally from Ireland, Emer is a qualified Barrister.  In 2020, Emer was listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) Patent 1000 in Litigation and was named as an “IP Star” by Managing IP. Emer was selected as a “Rising Star” the last ten years by Illinois Super Lawyers and as a “Leading Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers (2016-2021). Emer is Secretary and serves on the Board of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law (Chicago Chapter). Emer is an active member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and the Chicago Women in Intellectual Property (ChiWIP). Before joining Green Griffith, she was an associate at Leydig, Voit and Mayer, Ltd.

    White Papers

  • Equity Matters: How My Firm Defies the Statistics on Women in Legal Leadership — and How Yours Can Too (2020) - Green Griffith partner Emer Simic addresses gender disparity in the legal profession and explains the ways in which Green Griffith has successfully fostered equal opportunities for all its lawyers in her article, “Equity Matters: How My Firm Defies the Statistics on Women in Legal Leadership — and How Yours Can Too,” published in Best Lawyers Women in the Law Business Edition, June 2020.

  • About Emer Simic

    Admitted: 2008, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.nge.com/Our-Lawyers/Emer-Simic


    • Selected as one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch by Law Bulletin Media, 2020
    • Honored in “Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers” by Crain’s Custom Media, 2020
    • Named as an “IP Star,” Managing IP, 2020
    • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) Patent 1000 in Litigation, 2020
    • Named in the Illinois Rising Stars list, as published in Illinois Super Lawyers, 2012‐2021, Illinois Super Lawyers
    • Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law– Leading Lawyers Network, 2016-2021, Leading Lawyers Network

    Educational Background:

    • Chicago‐Kent College of Law, J.D.
    • Honorable Society of Kings Inns, Barrister‐at‐Law Degree
    • University of Cambridge, M. Phil.
    • University of Cambridge, B.A., Natural Sciences

    Industry Groups

    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical
    • Pharmaceutical
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    Office Location for Emer L. Simic

    2 North LaSalle Street
    Suite 1700
    Chicago, IL 60602

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    Last Updated: 5/3/2021

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