Recommended for Prosecution (USA & Illinois) 

(IAM Patent 1000)

Top 250 Women in IP

(Managing Intellectual Property)

IP Star 2014-2018 (USA and Illinois)

(Managing Intellectual Property)

Zareefa is the managing partner at FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW, a Women-Owned business, and has extensive experience managing international and domestic patent and trademark portfolios in a wide range of areas. She has also been highly successful in obtaining company goals in M&A deals including preparing, revising and negotiating intellectual property related agreements.  Zareefa regularly provides thorough and effective assistance to companies in their due diligence efforts.  

She has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a double major in Psychology, and she received her Master of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago, With Distinction, an accolade which had never before been awarded to a graduate student.

She is well regarded by her clients and her peers, worldwide, for her attention to, and assistance with, international patent portfolios ranging from the electrical, to the mechanical, to the pharma, to the biotech, to the design arts, just to mention a few. She has most recently been recognized in Managing Intellectual Property magazine as an IP Star in Illinois and in the United States as a whole, and one of the Top 250 Women in IP.  

She was in the laboratory doing hands on research also for almost ten years before becoming a patent (intellectual property) attorney.  Her research and scientific experience is in two particularly explosive areas: HIV transmission and pathology, and mapping of the human genome.  Her masters project, from Loyola University of Chicago, involved mapping of the distal short arm of human chromosome 21, from the rDNA to the telomere, and she graduated with High Distinction.  She is well published in the field of HIV pathology in such journals as the American Journal of Pathology, Clinical Immunology, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Prior to founding FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW, Zareefa practiced at a prestigious international intellectual property firm for almost ten years. She was voted in as the first female partner in one of the offices. Her dedication and responsiveness to her clients sets her apart from others and just one of the reasons for her honorable recognition and accolades from the international community.

Zareefa continues to work with a broad range of technology not the least of which is stem cells, virology, immunology, biochemical processes, cell culture, and laboratory instrument related inventions, among others.  Zareefa also prepares and prosecutes applications in technology areas of design, mechanical, biochemistry, business methods, electrical and medical devices. Zareefa has had the fortune of being involved in the fast growing and changing cannabis industry, both on the patent and the trademark side, and has assisted clients in achieving prominence and value in an increasingly crowded field.  See more at

Zareefa’s clients have ranged from multinational companies to solo inventors, and she is well known to apply the same high level of care and dedication to each one.


Elaine is a partner at FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW. She and Zareefa have worked together for many years. She is a highly accomplished attorney with a well rounded expertise grounded in intellectual property law. She has more than 15 years of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.  Elaine's practice has focused on counseling clients on international and US patent protection for their inventions. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies and universities to entrepreneurs.

She received her PhD in Organic Chemistry under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Sir Derek H.R. Barton at Texas A&M University.  While at law school, she was a member of Law Review, received the esteemed Order of the Coif, and was a Chicago-Kent Legal Scholar.  Elaine's clients benefit from her unique perspective as both an in-house attorney for many years at companies such as Nalco Chemical Company where she prepared, prosecuted and managed a large portfolio of patents; Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. where she interfaced with the Japanese R&D team counseling on patent strategy, ran due diligence assessments, maintained a trademark portfolio of over 100 pharmaceutical trademarks, prosecuted the company's US patent portfolio, and coordinated patent litigation, among other efforts; and Winston Pharmaceuticals; and her experience at two different international intellectual property law firms, drafting and prosecuting a wide variety of patent applications. This combination of research scientist and intellectual property attorney is well respected and greatly appreciated by her clients and colleagues alike. 

Elaine's expertise is in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign chemical patent applications in the areas of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, animal health, water treatment, and agrochemicals. In addition, she counsels clients on patent and related transactional matters, and provides strategic patent portfolio and due diligence services. Elaine's keen interest in animals, and particularly horses, drives her specialties, particularly in animal related law, foods and protection.  More particulars can be found at   Elaine is active in her professional community and is a member of the American Bar Association (Animal Law Committee, Equine Law Sub-Committee and Section of Intellectual Property Law), the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Professional Women, Chicago Innovation, the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Women in IP, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, the Texas Aggie Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association.  Other than English, which is her first language, Elaine is also proficient in French.  Elaine served as counsel with Administer Justice and Chicago-Kent's Patent HUB providing pro bono advice. 

BRYNA DAHLIN, B.S., J.D. , Attorney at Law (PARTNER)


Bryna is a Partner at FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW. Bryna counsels companies in established and emerging industries at all stages of development.  She also oversees litigation and dispute resolution for FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW clients.  She is a highly experienced litigator, zealously advocating for her clients in federal and state courts at both the trial court and appellate levels.  Past representations include prominent domestic and foreign food, beverage, pharmaceutical, entertainment, advertising and consumer product companies.  She is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois. 

Bryna is also widely known for effectively navigating the cutting-edge legal issues present in the fast-growing cannabis industry.  Her clients range from growers, distributors, product manufacturers and ancillary businesses to outside investors and traditional companies impacted by cannabis laws.  See more at Bryna also advises on issues of regulatory compliance; risk avoidance; interplay between state and federal law; contracts and licensing; advertising and product packaging; and intellectual property. 

Clients praise Bryna’s effective communication skills, cultural understanding, and proven ability to get outstanding results.  Bryna was recognized for her legal acumen in 2013 by the National Law Journal, which named her as one of Chicago’s “40 Under 40,” and she has been named an Illinois “Super Lawyer” or “Rising Star” since 2010.  In the spring of 2016, she taught Illinois’ first cannabis law course at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Bryna was previously a partner at a prominent international law firm, where she handled high-stakes litigation for Fortune 500 companies.  Bryna received her B.S. in Journalism (1997) and her J.D., magna cum laude (2000), from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is licensed to practice in Illinois.

Bryna is sought after by many a company for legal counsel, and her reputation for providing exceptional representation precedes her. Bryna's business acumen is an asset to FLENER IP & BUSINESS LAW.