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As an experienced veterinarian, I’m trained to use all my senses and multiple methods to find, analyze, and solve problems quickly. I apply that same approach to my legal practice.

Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences


  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, with high honors, 1999

  • D.V.M., Michigan State University, with honors, 1979

Admissions and Qualifications

  • Illinois
  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Licensed in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, IL, NY, MI
  • Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

Prior Experience

  • Jenner & Block, LLP (1999-2006)
  • Schoeman, Updike, Kaufman & Scharf (2008-2012)

Marilyn J. Chimes


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Publishing & Speaking


  • "Confidential and Proprietary Information," M.J. Chimes & P. Sankar, in J. Silverman et al. eds., The IACUC Handbook 503, CRC Press, 3rd ed. 2014.
  • "Response to Protocol Review Scenario: Violators Beware!", 36(8) Lab Animal 13, September 2007.
  • "Confidential and Proprietary Information," M.J. Chimes, L.B. Ergin, & K.A. Donohue, in J. Silverman et al. eds., The IACUC Handbook 407, CRC Press, 2nd Ed. 2007.
  • "Medical Corporation," Business Entities and Corporate Law in Illinois, Matthew Bender, 2006.
  • "Introduction,"  The Use of Toxicology in Tort Litigation: A Survey of Federal and State Jurisdictions, M.J. Chimes, S.A. Scharf & L.T. Spacapan, American Bar Association, 2005.
  • "Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Compliance: A Resource for Health Care Boards of Directors," Jenner & Block Health Law Briefs, Chicago, Illinois, Fall 2003.
  • "HHS Issues Interim Final Rule Requiring Electronic Submission of Medicare Claims," Jenner & Block​ Health Law Briefs, Chicago, Illinois, Fall 2003.


  • "Beyond the AWA: Other Protections for Research Animals," The Law and Bioethics of Using Animals in Research, State Bar of New Mexico Center for Legal Education, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 2017.
  • "Veterinary Medicine: The Role of Research in a Regulatory Agency," Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia, April 2005.
  • "Compounding Rx Symposium," Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2005.