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Twin Cities’ Briggs and Morgan Expands IP and Litigation Practices

Friday, August 01, 2008

Group of Seven Attorneys Leaves Fulbright Firm for Briggs

Minneapolis, MN -- Twin Cities-based Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association announces the addition of seven experienced intellectual property and litigation attorneys. Alan M. Anderson, John F. Klos, Matthew R. Palen, Sharna A. Wahlgren, Christopher A. Young, Aleya Rahman Champlin and Audrey J. Babcock join Briggs' international intellectual property and litigation practices from Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

"The addition of this highly regarded team of attorneys will strengthen Briggs’ already active intellectual property and litigation practices," says Alan H. Maclin, president of Briggs and Morgan. "We look forward to expanding the depth and reputation of our services for the benefit of our clients, both in commercial litigation and intellectual property."

Briggs and Morgan’s Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation Group serves an international client base and comprises attorneys with significant international arbitration and trial experience. The team includes several members with highly technical degrees, and USPTO and in-house experience with global corporations. Intellectual property legal services include intellectual property litigation of all types, including patent, trademark, unfair competition, copyright, and trade secret claims; patent, trademark and copyright prosecution; domestic and international registrations; portfolio management; intellectual property audits and establishment of strategies for owners of intellectual property; intellectual property issues in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; licensing; franchising; and in-house training.

Alan M. Anderson, shareholder, is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with more than 26 years of experience. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, international arbitration, and franchise litigation on behalf of franchisors.

Anderson is a certified civil trial advocate, as recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is also certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

He served as a law clerk to the Honorable John D. Butzner, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. His educational background includes a J.D., magna cum laude (Cornell Law School); M.B.A., with distinction (Cornell University Graduate School of Business and Public Administration); B.A., magna cum laude (Coe College); and a post-graduate certificate in international business and commercial law (McGeorge School of Law).

John F. Klos, shareholder, is a respected patent prosecutor with a multi-faceted intellectual property practice. His practice of over 15 years has encompassed a wide range of electrical and mechanical technologies. He has represented intellectual property holders, acquirers and licensors in the preparation and negotiation of agreements, licenses, and technology transfers.

Klos is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is one of only a handful to have earned degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering. His patent and trade secret cases often involve a wide range of medical device technologies. Klos received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Klos received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

Matthew R. Palen, shareholder, has seven years of experience as a litigator. He has broad-based experience in complex commercial litigation matters with particular focus on patent infringement actions.

Palen has an LL.M. (with high honors) in financial services law and a J.D. (with high honors) from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. While attending law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Edward A. Bobrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Palen also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. McManus, First Judicial District of Minnesota. He received his B.S.B. in business finance from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.

Sharna A. Wahlgren, shareholder, has more than 15 years of litigation experience in numerous courts throughout the country. She practices in the areas of intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation and franchise litigation on behalf of franchisors. Her intellectual property litigation practice is focused on patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret and unfair competition matters.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, its Forum on Franchising and Intellectual Property Section, and recently chaired the Litigation Section’s Model Trademark Jury Instructions Project. She is also an active member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, where she has served many years on its Seminar Committee, participates in the Intellectual Property Section, and is a member of the Markman Study Group. Finally, she is on the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association’s board of directors, serves as chair of its Programs Committee and is an active member of its Women in Intellectual Property Law group. She is a frequent speaker on cutting edge intellectual property issues and litigation trends.

Wahlgren received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. While in law school, she served as an extern for the Honorable Doris Ohlsen Huspeni of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. in economics and political science magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota.

Christopher A. Young, shareholder, has 10 years of experience in litigation. His practice is focused on on intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation. He has handled first and second chair litigation responsibilities while representing a diverse body of clients, ranging from individual inventors to multinational corporations. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota state and federal courts, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. He is also admitted pro hac vice in several U.S. district courts.

Young received his J.D. with honors from the University of Iowa School of Law. He received his B.A. in business, magna cum laude, from Buena Vista University.

Aleya Rahman Champlin, of counsel, has more than 16 years of experience in intellectual property law. She is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO and former patent examiner. She brings a unique perspective to the practice with her seven years as in-house patent counsel for The Pillsbury Company and nearly a decade of law firm experience. Among her areas of focus, she works closely with clients on drafting and prosecuting patent applications and developing patent and trade secret strategies.

Champlin received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and her B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois. While attending law school, she was a member of the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court.

Audrey J. Babcock, associate, concentrates her practice on intellectual property and litigation matters, with particular emphasis on patent prosecution. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

She received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she participated in the Intellectual Property Moot court. She received her B.A. in chemistry, magna cum laude, from Hamline University and an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois.

Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, is a trusted name in business law and litigation services. With offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, the firm has more than 170 attorneys committed to providing superior client service and sound legal counsel to clients nationwide. Briggs and Morgan ranks among The NLJ 250 as one of the nation’s largest firms and has received numerous accolades, including recognition by Corporate Counsel and top clients as a "Go-To Law Firm®," since 2005, in the areas of litigation, corporate transactions, corporate governance, and labor and employment. The firm and its attorneys have also been selected for publication in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. Briggs is a founding member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, and serves as the exclusive member firm for Minnesota. For more information, visit

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