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Hiscock & Barclay Opens New Office in New York City With the Addition of Seven Attorneys

Monday, September 08, 2008

Partner groups from K&L Gates and Sonnenschein will enhance Firm’s existing practices in Intellectual Property & Technology, IP Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation and Public Finance

New York, NY -- Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, a full service 200-attorney law firm, has opened a new office in New York City and added seven attorneys, whose practice areas include Intellectual Property and Technology, IP Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate, Labor and Employment, Commercial Litigation and Public Finance.

Mark Peroff, Darren Saunders and Keith Danish have joined from K&L Gates. Rick Fischbein and Robert Lanza have joined from Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, LLP and Samuel Watkins has joined from Greenberg Traurig, LLP. In addition, Justin Driscoll, who joined the firm last year, served previously as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency. Peroff, Saunders, Fischbein, Lanza, Driscoll and Watkins are all partners. Danish joins the firm as Of Counsel.

In addition, John Langan, the firm’s Managing Partner, will be resident in the New York City office, dedicating a portion of each week to the new office during the first year of integration.

The new office is located at Seven Times Square. The firm previously maintained a small presence in lower Manhattan.

"Expanding into New York City furthers our northeast corridor strategy and allows us to better serve our large, national client roster, adding depth to several of the firm’s existing practices with a group of outstanding lawyers," said John Langan. "Hiscock & Barclay is committed to a business model that supports a demanding client base, provides results efficiently and cost effectively, shares knowledge and information among practice groups and combines an entrepreneurial spirit with the resources of a large firm. This model enables great lawyers, who represent industry leading clients, to provide outstanding service and build their practices. Our aggressive, modern approach to business creates a solid foundation for future growth. As large firms price themselves out of the market in certain practice areas, we believe that our business model, broad range of resources and innovative approach will serve our clients and our attorneys well."

Hiscock & Barclay’s New York City expansion comes on the heels of the opening of a new office in Boston, which now houses 4 attorneys in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation practices. The new Boston office is located in the Financial District at 50 Federal Street. The firm also maintains a Massachusetts office in Westborough.

Mark Peroff is a veteran of the intellectual property field practicing in the areas of domestic and global trademark, trade dress, copyright, false advertising, unfair competition, rights of privacy and publicity, parody, media and Internet-related matters. His clients range from multinational companies to not-for-profit organizations to entrepreneurs, spanning practically every field of commerce. Before joining Hiscock & Barclay, Mr. Peroff was a Partner with K&L Gates.

Darren Saunders has more than 15 years of intellectual property and litigation and transactional experience. His practice encompasses litigation involving trademarks, copyrights, patents, unfair competition, false advertising and related areas at the trial and appellate levels and in administrative proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, he is extensively involved in domestic and international anti-counterfeiting enforcement. Prior to joining Hiscock & Barclay, Mr. Saunders was a Partner with K&L Gates.

Keith Danish concentrates his practice in domestic and international trademark and copyright counseling and procurement, management of intellectual portfolios, inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and resolution of domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. Mr. Danish holds an advanced degree in trade regulation studies from New York University School of Law (LL.M., Trade Regulation). Prior to joining Hiscock & Barclay, Mr. Danish was Of Counsel with K& L Gates.

Rick Fischbein possesses more than 20 years of experience handling complex commercial crises and litigation issues. He has argued and tried numerous cases in both state and federal courts. Mr. Fischbein was a founding partner of Fischbein Badillo Wagner and Harding, LLP. Prior to joining Hiscock & Barclay, he was a Partner with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, LLP.

Robert Lanza has extensive experience in a broad range of fields, including labor and employment and commercial and intellectual property litigation. He represents clients from Fortune 500 companies to individual executives and is experienced in arbitrations, investigations and proceedings commenced by government agencies, alternate dispute resolution and proceedings and trials in federal and state court. Mr. Lanza holds an advanced degree in labor and employment studies from New York University School of Law (LL.M., Labor). Before joining Hiscock & Barclay, Mr. Lanza was a Partner with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, LLP.

Samuel Watkins has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He has handled complex litigation matters in the commercial litigation, securities, products liability, medical malpractice and real estate practice areas. He has also argued and tried cases in various federal courts. Before joining Hiscock & Barclay, Mr. Watkins was a senior associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Mr. Watkins was previously a trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice as well as a senior counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Justin Driscoll has extensive experience handling complex litigation matters for major real estate, construction and health care companies. Before joining Hiscock & Barclay, Mr. Driscoll served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency, two major issuers of tax-exempt bonds for affordable housing, where he gained considerable public finance experience. He was previously a senior partner in the New York City office of Plunkett & Jaffe, P.C.

Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, listed as a "Top 250 Firm" by The National Law Journal, is a full-service, 200-attorney law firm, with offices throughout the major cities of New York State, as well as in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, providing comprehensive legal and business counsel to a diverse client base in 28 practice areas. Established in 1855, the Firm’s goal remains providing the highest quality legal services to clients through responsive, timely and cost-effective representation. For more information on Hiscock & Barclay, visit

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