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CHEN MALIN LLP is a boutique law firm founded on the belief that effective advocacy is never formulaic; that complex issues may be explained simply; and that clients deserve clear answers whenever they seek counsel. We are not defensive when representing defendants; and we advance credible, rather than remarkable, claims when advising injured clients. Our litigators equal transactional lawyers in understanding a client’s business needs; and we know how deal terms impact downstream disputes when negotiating transactions.

Our founding partners, Li Chen and Steve Malin, practiced together for over a decade at a large international law firm, where they served in senior positions, and where prior to his departure Li was the Dallas Office IP Litigation Group Head. We see the practice of law as our calling, and we believe lawyers are most effective when they have work-life balance and are happy. Included under the Practice Areas tab are a few examples of matters handled by our lawyers. If you are like-minded, have the confidence to give clients meaningful advice—even when the advice may not be favorable, and are prepared to be pushed and challenged by your colleagues, then please click on the JOIN OUR TEAM tab.

  • U.S. News
    BEST LAW FIRMS
    2016


    Recognized CHEN MALIN LLP as a Tier 1 firm in the areas of:

    Litigation—Intellectual Property

    Litigation—Patent

    Patent Law
  • Chambers USA of Chambers & Partners

    Li Chen
    2009-2016

    Steve Malin
    2010-2016
  • Best Lawyers by Woodward White, Inc.

    Li Chen
    2012-2017
    Litigation-Intellectual Property

    2015-2017
    Litigation-Patent

    Steve Malin
    2007-2017
    Litigation- Intellectual Property

    Kristoffer Leftwich
    2017
    Litigation-Patent
    Litigation- Intellectual Property
  • Steve Malin 2013 Lawyer of the Year - Patent Law (Dallas)
  • Benchmark Litigation

    Li Chen
    2015-2016
    Local Litigation Star

    Steve Malin
    2015-2016
    Local Litigation Star
  • Super Lawyers of Thomson Reuters Service

    Li Chen
    2013-2016

    Steve Malin
    2007-2013
  • Lexis Nexis
    Martindale-Hubbell

    Li Chen
    2010-2016

    AV-Preeminent for Complex Commercial Litigation, IP Litigation, Technology Transactions

    Steve Malin
    2013-2016

    AV-Preeminent for Intellectual Property Rights, Business, and Intellectual Property
  • The Legal 500 by Legalease

    Li Chen 2014:
    Intellectual Property Litigation

    Steve Malin 2010
  • IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property - Texas

    Li Chen
    2014-2016

    Steve Malin
    2014-2016

  • Recommended Firm 2016

    Firm to Watch
    (Shortlisted 2016)

    Outstanding IP Litigator Award
    (Shortlisted Texas
    Li Chen 2016)
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine

    Li Chen 2014:
    Best Lawyers in Dallas - Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Litigation Complex Commercial Litigation Commercial Transactions