Sharon A. HWANG   黄蕙身

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, ltd.


My law practice consists primarily of patent litigation, including trials, appeals, and proceedings before the United States Patent Trial & Appeal Board, pertaining to medical devices and electronics. I am currently preparing for my first case before the United States Supreme Court, which will be argued on February 23, 2016.
In addition to practicing law, I am the President of the Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the public interest and community services relating to the Asian Pacific American community in the Chicagoland area.

What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?

My first job was as a “steak walker” at Ponderosa, a budget-friendly steakhouse. That job showed me that hard work comes in many forms, and that many customers lack respect and common courtesy. Based on that experience, I am extra kind to restaurant workers and I always leave large tips!

What was the last present you gave someone?

I gave my 75-year old mother an “Awesome Box,” a box containing cards and pictures with notes written to her by her friends and family.

What keeps you awake at night?

I am very task-oriented and I try to set realistic goals for myself to reach every day. I literally cannot sleep at night unless and until each of those goals is reached.

What was the last present you received?

My oldest daughter, Stephanie (age 17), is a wonderful artist, and she made me a beautiful replica of Van Gogh’s Olive Trees – it is framed and displayed proudly in my office.

What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?

This past summer, my entire extended family traveled to Tanzania for a two-week safari – it was beautiful, majestic, and breath-taking! My favorite memory is floating high over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon, gazing at the giraffes, hippos, elephants, zebras, and gazelles enjoying their natural habitats below.