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Townsend Adds to San Diego Litigation Practice

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Elham Firouzi Joins Steadily Growing Office as Litigation Associate

San Diego, CA – Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, an intellectual property law firm of more than 200 attorneys and patent professionals, announced today that Elham Firouzi has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Firouzi brings additional litigation expertise to Townsend's San Diego office, which has doubled in size and added significant practice area expertise in the last 18 months.

Prior to joining Townsend, Ms. Firouzi practiced in the New York office of Ropes & Gray LLP. Her experience covers all aspects of litigation for industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and semiconductors. In addition Ms. Firouzi counsels clients regarding pre-litigation or product development issues involving patent validity and infringement.

"I am very much looking forward to working with Ellie," remarked Iris Sockel Mitrakos, Partner-In-Charge of the San Diego office and a member of the firm's Litigation Group. "She will play a key role in our ability to staff litigation matters out of our San Diego office and her counseling skills will provide additional support to the patent attorneys in our electronics and biotechnology practices."

Ms. Firouzi is a 2001 graduate of the Duke University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego in 1996.

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP teams with businesses, inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and investors to protect their innovative products and ideas. With offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, San Diego, Denver, Seattle, Washington, DC and Tokyo, Townsend has more than 200 attorneys and patent professionals, many with advanced technical degrees and extensive scientific and business experience. For more information on Townsend, please visit our Web site:

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