April 11, 2023

Leanne Rakers Shortlisted for Women in Business Law Awards Americas Patent Lawyer of the Year 2023

Harness IP is pleased to announce that Leanne Rakers, an attorney in the firm’s St. Louis office, has been shortlisted for Patent Lawyer of the Year for the Women in Business Law Awards Americas 2023. Rakers is one of nine that has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

Rakers is a leader in the firm’s Chemical and BioPharma Intellectual Property practice groups and her clients include large and small pharmaceutical, life science, chemical, biotechnology, biofuels, cosmetics, and food processing companies. She is the Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, working to empower diverse attorneys and staff within the firm and attract a new generation of diverse attorneys to the field of intellectual property law.

The Women in Business Law Awards Americas celebrates the most groundbreaking achievements by the region’s leading women lawyers. The lawyer of the year awards will be awarded in 37 different categories and are based on the role an individual played on influential deals/cases and their advocacy, influence, and thought leadership. Winners for each award will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 8, 2023, at The Union League Club in New York.

The entire shortlist of honorees for all practice areas can be found here.




Harness IP is celebrating more than 100 years as an intellectual property law firm. Founded in 1921, the firm currently holds a No. 2 ranking from IAM Media for providing counsel to 44 companies with the largest portfolios of issued U.S. patents. The firm also ranks No. 6 for filing the most patent applications on behalf of those companies. Harness IP’s attorneys and IP professionals focus exclusively on patents, trademarks, global IP management, litigation and other IP rights. The firm has offices in metropolitan Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Visit www.harnessip.com for more information.