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Alston & Bird Expands Dallas IP Litigation Practice

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Adds senior patent/IP litigator

Dallas, TX -- Alston & Bird LLP announced two new additions to its Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Michael J. Newton has joined as head of the Dallas Intellectual Property Litigation practice group, and Jason W. Cook has joined as a partner also in this group.

"Texas has become one of the most active IP litigation venues in the country. Mike and Jason are talented attorneys who will provide our clients in Dallas and throughout the country with the best possible counseling, perspective and service on IP litigation and patent infringement related matters," said Richard R. Hayes, managing partner of Alston & Bird. "We are pleased that they have chosen to join our firm."

Alston & Bird has one of the largest IP practices among general practice law firms in the United States, with more than 170 attorneys practicing IP law 100 percent of the time. The firm’s IP practice is consistently ranked by major publications, including Fortune, The Best Lawyers in America, the Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners, IP Worldwide, Managing Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Today.

In June 2008, IP Law & Business recognized Alston & Bird as having one of the top practices in the nation for handling International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 claims. In addition, the publication ranked Alston & Bird in the top 20 intellectual property litigation practices in the country in U.S. District Courts.

"Over the past five years, Alston & Bird has significantly expanded its IP work and increased the density and sophistication of its legal work," said Newton. "I am excited to head Alston & Bird’s preeminent team of IP litigators."

Attorney Biographies

Michael J. Newton, is the head of the IP Litigation practice in the Dallas office and is a senior patent/IP litigator who has handled successfully dozens of plaintiff patent infringement cases. At Alston & Bird he will focus on patent litigation and client counseling in a wide variety of technologies and industries.

He is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in physics, and is a graduate from the University of Texas Law School. Mr. Newton is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the Texas and California Bars. Previously, he was with the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue LLP in Dallas.

Jason W. Cook’s emphasis is on patent litigation and enforcement. He has extensive experience resolving intellectual property disputes involving a wide range of intellectual property issues and technical disciplines and representing a number of non-practicing entities in litigation enforcing patent rights.

Mr. Cook is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in mechanical engineering and a graduate of the University of Texas Law School. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and, in addition to his litigation practice, is experienced in the preparation and prosecution of patents in the electrical and mechanical fields. He was previously with the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue LLP in Dallas.

About Alston & Bird

With more than 900 attorneys, Alston & Bird is a leading national AmLaw 100 firm. The firm’s core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses in health care, energy, financial services, and public policy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on FORTUNE magazine’s ranking of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" nine years in a row, more often and more highly ranked than any other law firm in the United States. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Palo Alto and Research Triangle Park, N.C., and will open its office in Los Angeles Sept. 1.

About Alston & Bird’s Dallas Office

Alston & Bird opened its Dallas Office in September 2007 to enhance three of the firm’s preeminent practices -- complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and corporate transactions and compliance. Today, it has grown to sixteen attorneys concentrating in these areas of law, and continues to support a strong client base and attract legal talent in the region.

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