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McKool Smith Adds Ann Schofield Baker to Lead National Trademark Litigation Practice in New York

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Noted intellectual property lawyer joins booming New York office

New York, NY -- McKool Smith, one of the nation’s largest trial firms, is announcing the addition of noted intellectual property attorney Ann Schofield Baker to lead the firm’s national trademark litigation practice.

Ms. Schofield Baker joins the firm’s growing New York office as a principal. She has extensive experience handling intellectual property litigation, including many trademark, infringement, unfair competition, and dilution claims. She also represents clients in prosecuting and defending a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters.

Ms. Schofield Baker has been featured in the Washington Post, 60 Minutes, and CBS News for her tireless pro bono efforts to win asylum for Somali terror victim, Amina Mudey. Also, New York Magazine recently named Ms. Schofield Baker as a leading intellectual property litigator in its "New York’s Women Leaders in the Law" series.

Ms. Schofield Baker routinely represents national and international clients in important trademark infringement and intellectual property litigation. She worked with Nike Inc. to help retain exclusive intellectual property rights to its popular Air Jordan sneakers. Additionally, she successfully defended Jordache Ltd. in their seven-year battle against Polo Ralph Lauren over Jordache’s use of United States Polo Association trademarks. The Second Circuit recently handed Jordache a precedent-setting victory that ended their long battle.

"The expansion of our New York office is an exciting component of this firm’s dramatic growth," says firm co-founder Mike McKool. "Ann has the ability, experience and reputation to make immediate contributions to this firm and continue to build our reputation as one of the finest trial and IP firms in the nation."

Ms. Schofield Baker earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from New York Law School after earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. She is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of New York, and participates actively in New York’s Canadian Community.

"Leading McKool Smith’s national trademark litigation practice is an incredible opportunity," says Ms. Schofield Baker. "This firm is growing in exciting ways, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the expansion."

McKool Smith has more than 90 attorneys in Dallas, Austin, Marshall, New York and Washington, D.C., handling commercial and intellectual property litigation for national and international clients. The firm is recognized as one of the premier litigation law firms in the United States, having earned significant courtroom victories for clients such as American Airlines, BearingPoint, Ericsson, Electronic Data Systems, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic Inc., and Sony Ericsson.

McKool Smith’s New York office is located at 399 Park Ave., Suite 3200, New York, NY 10022. The office can be reached at 212-402-9400 or toll free at 888-978-0212.

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