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IP Litigator Newest Partner in Fulbright’s Minneapolis Office

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Minneapolis, MN -- New Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Intellectual Property Partner Douglas Williams brings a unique combination of experience to the firm’s global practice: He thrives in the space between technology and the law.

"Doug has the unique experience of being a registered patent lawyer who has tried many cases to verdict," said Steven B. Pfeiffer, Chair of Fulbright’s Executive Committee. "That combination will serve our patent and pharmaceutical clients well as we expand in those areas."

Williams joins Fulbright’s Minneapolis office from Merchant & Gould. He has a talent for handling patent cases and a technical background in physics and chemistry. Williams is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers – a distinction limited to one percent of the practicing bar in Minnesota and only a handful of registered patent attorneys nationwide.

"With more than three decades of cutting-edge IP trial work under his belt, Doug has a perspective and patent know-how found in few lawyers," said Ronn Kreps, the head of Fulbright’s Minneapolis office.

Williams has a record of trying patent cases involving semiconductors, software, business methods, bio tech, chemicals and other technical devices and disciplines. His patent cases have involved a wide variety of technologies in 18 U.S. jurisdictions. He also has tried cases for plaintiffs involving a variety of technologies from mechanical to chemical.

The global platform offered by Fulbright combined with the firm’s solid reputation in the IP arena drew Williams to make the switch from one of the largest and best-known IP boutiques in the Midwest.

"Fulbright’s approach to IP matters is unique. The firm offers clients an experienced lawyer or litigator, and also a team of highly-skilled technologists who understand the rapidly changing technological environment in which our clients are working," Williams said. "I’m excited to be working among such an impressive group of international lawyers at a firm that has an office in Minneapolis and a deep appreciation for the importance of the work going on in the region I call home."

Williams is licensed to practice law in Iowa, Texas and Minnesota, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his law degree from Drake University and his B.S. from the University of Iowa.

"Doug is a distinguished trial attorney and a great addition to our intellectual property team," said Paul Krieger, who heads Fulbright’s global IP practice. "Doug’s 30 years of trial work spans a variety of technical disciplines and further deepens our IP team as we help our clients protect and achieve their intellectual property goals."

Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Founded in 1919, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. is a leading full-service international law firm, with nearly 1,000 lawyers in 16 locations in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Munich, New York, Riyadh, San Antonio, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Fulbright provides a full range of legal services to clients worldwide.

The 2007 BTI survey of FORTUNE 1000 general counsel chose Fulbright as "The BTI Client Service 30" A-Team and Corporate Board Member magazine named Fulbright among the top 20 corporate law firms in the U.S. in their survey of board members of public companies. For more information, please visit:

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