About the Firm


Firm overview

McHale & Slavin specializes in the full-range of intellectual property services, including all forms of prosecution, litigation, transactional services and commercialization of IP assets. We protect and defend our clients’ intellectual property rights through our expertise, experience, and commitment. We understand the value of intellectual property in the marketplace and its impact on our clients’ businesses. Although we are a mid-size firm, we have the experience, expertise and resources of a larger firm.

Our firm was founded in 1992 by Edward F. McHale, a skilled federal litigator with extensive courtroom experience as a patent litigator and former major crimes prosecutor with the Dade County State Attorney’s Office, and Michael A. Slavin, an accomplished patent attorney, engineer and manager with broad technical and legal expertise. The merger of their talents has built a firm with a unique expertise in both prosecution and litigation.

In addition to our domestic expertise, we bring an international perspective with a particular insight into intellectual property law as it evolves throughout the world. The firm maintains relationships with foreign affiliates in all geographic regions worldwide. In addition to U.S. based clients, we have many international clients.

 We represent clients in matters in virtually every industry and technology. Our attorneys are highly experienced and skilled in identifying, analyzing and solving intellectual property issues. Our clients rely on our firm’s depth and breadth of experience – both legal and scientific. We are well known for our expertise in patent prosecution, and the drafting of both domestic and foreign applications. Our attorneys possess legal, technical and scientific credentials as well as industry experience.  The firm’s U.S. Patent Office prosecution practice includes our frequently conducting personal interviews and regularly interacting with patent examiners. We have an active petitions and appeals practice. Our expertise also includes all aspects of trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation.

 Our firm has an established litigation practice with attorneys experienced in complex federal litigation pertaining to all areas of intellectual property litigation. The firm also provides SEC support, infringement opinions, and corporate intellectual property audits. We represent clients during administrative oppositions and appeals, providing the high level of intellectual property support necessary for publicly and privately held companies as well as entrepreneurial start-ups. We are experienced in assisting our clients in developing an overall strategy for their patent portfolios.

In addition to our domestic and worldwide presence, the McHale | Slavin headquarters is centrally located in the heart of Florida’s biotech corridor. We are committed to advancing the Palm Beach County region as a center for biotechnology, life sciences and medical research and development.

Our firm carries the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating a combination of the highest legal ability and ethical rating.

Our Philosophy

We represent a broad spectrum of clients from large corporations to mid-size and start-up organizations. We understand our clients’ businesses and goals, and see our role as more than just providing traditional counseling. We have extensive experience with innovative start-up ventures and have a network of resources to assist you beyond the traditional boundaries of intellectual property law.

Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest quality legal representation in a cost-effective manner. A majority of our services are priced at a fixed rate, or “fee not to exceed” an estimated amount. We are careful to keep our clients well informed of costs; initial consultations are complimentary.

Our reputation among our clients and peers is important to us. We are committed to our clients and pride ourselves with our expertise in the full range of intellectual property law. We take the time to get to know our clients and offer a personalized approach, tailoring our counsel to our clients’ needs.

Now in our third decade, our firm provides the full spectrum of intellectual property legal service in a client-centered manner. We are known for our personalized approach, our adaptability, and our skilled staff of attorneys and other professionals.

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