16 Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2011 Super Lawyers

August 22, 2011

Firm Also Recognizes Nine Rising Stars

Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, today announced that 16 of the firm's attorneys are named Super Lawyers in 2011. The attorneys are recognized for excellence in intellectual property law and IP litigation. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers are selected in each state.

The rigorous selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check. In addition, Merchant & Gould also announced that nine of the firm's attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars by their peers according to the Super Lawyers® organization.

Rising Stars are attorneys 40 and under who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. They are selected annually based on nominations from other attorneys and an independent review board. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys are selected for this prestigious honor in any state.

"We take great pride in congratulating the attorneys who have been selected for these considerable honors," said Brian H. Batzli, CEO and managing director of Merchant & Gould. "The firm is lucky to have them as part of our team."

The following Merchant & Gould attorneys have been named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in 2011:

Gregg I. Anderson
Peter A. Gergely

John T. Winemiller

Brian H. Batzli
Steven C. Bruess
John A. Clifford
Karen A. Fitzsimmons
Allen W. Hinderaker
Gregory C. Golla
Rachel C. Hughey (RS)
Scott W. Johnston
Robert A. Kalinsky (RS)
Alan W. Kowalchyk
Thomas J. Leach (RS)
Daniel W. McDonald
Brent E. Routman
David G. Schmaltz
William D. Schultz (RS)
Anthony R. Zeuli
Rachel K. Zimmerman (RS)

Super Lawyers is a service of the Thomson Reuters Legal Division based in Eagan, Minn. Due to the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Super Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Super Lawyers is considered a singular honor.