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Leading IP Litigators Join McDermott’s Washington, D.C. Office

Friday, September 12, 2008

Washington, DC -- McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Blair M. Jacobs and Robert J. Walters will join the Firm as partners. Messrs. Jacobs and Walters will both be members of the Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department based in Washington, D.C.

"Blair and Rob are the kind of great lawyers that have fueled the continuing growth and success of McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice," commented Terrence McMahon, head of McDermott’s global Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department. "Blair and Rob have exceptional first chair trial experience and they know what it takes to succeed in the courtroom. Combined, they have handled more than 25 district court cases through trial, have argued more than 20 Federal appeals, including a significant number at the Federal Circuit, and have handled numerous 337 investigations at the International Trade Commission (ITC). McDermott has had great success in courtroom battles relating to patents and other IP rights, and the addition of Blair and Rob to the group makes us even stronger. We are excited to have these first rate trial lawyers as part of our team."

"Blair and Rob have substantial IP litigation experience and will be a significant addition to our Washington, D.C. office. We look forward to extending their high-level insight and services to our clients," commented Joel Freed, co-head of the Firm's Washington, D.C. IP litigation practice.

Mr. Jacobs focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation. He has achieved favorable results for plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and other commercial disputes in numerous district courts and at the ITC in Section 337 actions. He has represented clients in a wide array of technical areas and has substantial first chair jury trial and appellate argument experience.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Jacobs served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and served at the White House where he worked for the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Walter E. Hoffman, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Walters focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling on intellectual property maters. He is an experienced trial attorney and has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous state and federal jury trials, in Section 337 actions at the ITC and before appellate courts in intellectual property cases. Mr. Walters has represented clients in a wide variety of technical areas, including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, medical imaging, medical devices and product design. He is a frequent speaker on intellectual property litigation and has written on a variety of related topics.

Mr. Jacobs earned his J.D. from the University of Richmond and his B.A. from Wake Forest University. He is admitted to the District of Columbia and Virginia Bars. Mr. Walters earned his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and holds a bachelors of engineering technology degree from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (cum laude). He is admitted to the North Carolina, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

McDermott's Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department includes more than 200 lawyers and patent agents working in all of our offices throughout the world. We are renowned for our trial and appellate experience, and are ranked as one of the most active IP litigation firms for both plaintiffs and defendants. Our practice in procurement and licensing in the patent, trademark and copyright areas is recognized for its depth and breadth. Rounding out our intellectual property, media and technology services, the team provides client counseling and advice regarding trade secret, unfair competition, advertising, entertainment and computer law. Additionally, we work closely with our transactional and tax lawyers on the intersection of IP and corporate issues.

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