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Barnes & Thornburg LLP Hires Leading IP Attorney in Firmís Chicago Office

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chicago, IL -- Gerald O. Sweeney, Jr. has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Sweeney joins Barnes & Thornburg from Howrey, LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department.

Sweeney’s practice includes, among other things, the defense and prosecution of complex contracts and injunctive relief for trade secret misappropriation, as well as the litigation of royalty and software development and services agreement disputes. Sweeney also represents consumer product manufacturers and entertainment companies in copyright and trademark infringement litigation, and provides trademark and trade dress counseling and clearance opinions. In a related area, he provides counseling and representation in matters involving the right of publicity.

"We are delighted to have Gerry join us in Chicago, adding to the rapidly growing capacity of that important office to handle major intellectual property matters for our clients," said Donald E. Knebel, co-chair of the Intellectual Property Department at Barnes & Thornburg.

Sweeney earned is B.A. cum laude in 1974 from DePauw University and his J.D. in 1979 from John Marshall Law School. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York state courts; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th Circuits; and the United States District Court for Colorado and Connecticut. Sweeney is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, as well as the Northern and Southern Districts of New York.

With nearly 475 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the Midwest and ranks among the 100 largest law firms in the United States. The firm serves clients worldwide from its offices in Chicago, Indiana, Michigan and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit Barnes & Thornburg online at

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