Paul E. Rauch, Ph.D.
Founding & Managing Partner

Christopher T. Sorce
Intellectual Property

Melanie Jo Triebel
Commercial Litigation

Paul E. Rauch, Ph.D

Founding & Managing Partner

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Paul E. Rauch, Ph.D., founded Evan Law Group LLC in 2004. In his practice, Dr. Rauch advises clients on maximizing the value of all aspects of their intellectual property. His expertise includes developing prosecution strategies and patent portfolios, as well as preparing validity and other opinions directed to a variety of technology areas including:

  • Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals, including compounds covered by FDA "Orange Book" patents
  • Materials
  • Software
  • Consumer products
  • Medical devices

In his biotechnology practice, Dr. Rauch has represented cases involving the diagnosis and treatment of various disease states, stem cells and related methods, pharmaceuticals, and drug delivery systems. He has notable experience in the prosecution of patents which include reexamination and appeals to the Board of Appeals and Interferences, often personally presenting cases directly to patent examiners. In addition, Dr. Rauch counsels domestic and foreign companies on freedom to manufacture, import, and market their products in the United States.

Dr. Rauch received his J.D. with honors from The National Law Center, George Washington University, where he participated in the Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition and was awarded the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Scholastic Excellence in Property. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemistry from Cornell University. At Cornell, he was awarded the Wentink Prize for Outstanding Research. Dr. Rauch wrote his doctoral thesis on "Synthesis and Structure of New Ternary Nitrides and Chalcogenides".

Prior to obtaining his advanced degrees, Dr. Rauch received a B.A. with high honors in Chemistry from Oberlin College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

He served as a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard University, Department of Chemistry (Experimental Physical Chemistry: Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Pulsed Laser Deposition) and at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany (Experimental Solid State Chemistry: Synthesis of Novel Metal Cluster Compounds).

Prior to founding Evan Law Group, Dr. Rauch was a Partner at the law firms of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. He was also a partner at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier and Neustadt in Arlington, Virginia.

As the managing partner of the firm, Dr. Rauch fosters a work environment that enables practitioners to creatively solve legal issues while providing exceptional service to clients.


  • Admitted to practice law in Illinois and Virginia
  • Registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • George Washington University National Law Center, J.D. with honors, 1998
  • Cornell University, Ph.D., Chemistry, 1991
  • Cornell University, M.S., Chemistry, 1988
  • Oberlin College, B.A. with high honors, Chemistry, 1986


  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (Guest Scientist of German Government)
  • Mobil Fellowship
  • Dow Fellowship
  • Johnson Wax Fellowship
  • Cornell University Graduate Fellowship


Articles in various journals:

  • Journal of Solid State Chemistry
  • Materials Research Bulletin
  • Physical Review B


  • American Chemical Society
  • Illinois State Bar Association


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