Alejandro Menchaca (JD ’89) is the current president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois in addition to being a shareholder at McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd.  As the President of HLAI, Alex has had the opportunity to interact with the leaders of a number of other bar organization such as the CBA, CCBA, PRBA, and AABA to advance the common goals of increasing access to the courts as well as diversity and civility within the bar.

Alex is a longtime contributor to the Loyola Law School’s Annual Fund and is a member of the Dean’s Circle.  He is looking forward to this year’s reunion, his 25th, and hopes to reconnect with many friends from his days at the Law School.

Alex practices intellectual property law, primarily patent litigation, where his undergraduate degree of chemical engineering comes in handy.  His practice includes every facet of patent, trademark, and related law.  Alex is fluent in Spanish and has represented a number of clients who conduct business in Spanish.  

Alex also worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, Criminal Division.  As an Assistant United States Attorney, Alex was responsible for directing grand jury investigations leading to criminal indictments.  As an AUSA, Alex conducted numerous hearings and trials in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and represented the United States before the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in connection with several issues of first impression.

Alex is an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago having taught Patent and Trade Secrets Law, Unfair Competition and Consumer Protection, International Intellectual Property Law, and Patent Prosecution (in John Marshall’s Intellectual Property LLM. Program).  Alex has also taught Intellectual Property Licensing as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University School of Law.

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