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Fish & Richardson Opens Houston Office

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Twelfth Location for Global Firm

Houston, TX -- The international law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C. is pleased to announce its new office in Houston. Three prominent patent litigators are joining Fish as principals: David J. Healey, Garland Stephens and Anita Kadala. Mr. Stephens will be managing principal of the Houston office. All previously were partners with Weil, Gotshal & Manges and have represented some of the world’s leading companies in intellectual property and other high-stakes, high-tech litigation.

"Fish & Richardson became a global IP powerhouse by finding top-notch lawyers in important business and technology markets," said Peter Devlin, President of Fish & Richardson. "We were attracted to Houston by the opportunity to bring on a team of superb attorneys, and of course by the strength of Houston’s oil and natural gas, biomedical research, and aeronautics industries."

"Teamwork is important at Fish and Dave, Garland, and Anita function well as a team," said Katherine Kelly Lutton, the Firm’s Global Head of Litigation. "They bring with them a unique combination of experience and complementary skill sets, as well as the shared commitment to client service that defines our practice."

"It is an honor to join Fish & Richardson, one of the most respected intellectual property and litigation firms in the world," said Mr. Healey. "Our Houston team, combined with Fish’s global resources, offers a powerful combination of benefits to our clients."

Mr. Healey is the senior litigator, with more than 22 years of trial experience. Mr. Healey is counted among top patent litigators: He is the only lawyer named by Texas Lawyer as one of the top five "Go To" intellectual property attorneys in the newspaper’s 2002 and 2007 statewide surveys. Also, Mr. Healey is one of only six lawyers in Texas ranked in Band 1 in Chambers USA’s directory of leading lawyers. He has coordinated multi-jurisdictional, international patent disputes and has represented Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, Adobe, ExxonMobil, Exxon Chemical, Kvaerner, Halliburton, and Hoechst-Celanese, among others. Mr. Healey also is an expert on patent and antitrust issues.

Mr. Stephens handles patent, trade secret, and related high-technology litigation in the electronics and computer industries in Federal Courts, arbitrations and the International Trade Commission. He has more than 14 years of experience in patent and related high-technology litigation, and has represented Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Broadcom, Applied Materials, and General Electric.

Ms. Kadala has extensive litigation experience in the semiconductor, telecommunications and software industries, and has represented clients such as Intel, Lexar, Samsung and Exxon. In addition to her litigation expertise, Ms Kadala has counseled clients on strategic intellectual property issues, including providing licensing advice. She also is on the board for Doctors for Africa, and active in the Ronald McDonald House in Houston.

The Houston office becomes Fish’s 12th office; in addition to 11 domestic offices, the firm has an office in Munich, Germany.

About Fish & Richardson

Founded in 1878, Fish & Richardson is one of the largest law firms in the U.S. practicing exclusively in the areas of intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law. The firm has 500 attorneys in 11 offices in the United States and one office in Germany. Fish has long represented great innovators and entrepreneurs, including pioneering inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and the Wright Brothers. Fish handles more patent litigation in federal district courts (IP Law & Business, July 2008) and the International Trade Commission (IP Law & Business, June 2008) than any other firm in the U.S. The firm was named to the "Appellate Hot List," honoring firms who are leaders in appellate advocacy nationally (The National Law Journal, April 7, 2008). Fish also ranks among the top U.S. firms in patents and trademarks obtained.

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