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Sidley Austin LLP Elevates IP Lawyer to Partnership in Dallas, 15 throughout Firm

Monday, January 04, 2010

Law Firm Announces New Partner in Dallas Office’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice

Dallas, TX -- Michael D. Hatcher in the Dallas office of Sidley Austin LLP is among the 15 lawyers elevated to partnership in the firm. Effective January 1, 2010, the firm has 640 partners in offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. Michael D. Hatcher is a new partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation practice.

"Again this year, I am proud to be able to announce our new class of partners and welcome them to the partnership," said Thomas A. Cole, chair of the firm’s Executive Committee.

"Michael is a talented lawyer and a key member of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice," added James P. Bradley, head of Sidley’s Dallas office. "We are pleased to congratulate him on this accomplishment."

Michael D. Hatcher, 38, focuses his practice on patent litigation with an emphasis on cases in the Eastern District of Texas and on Hatch-Waxman drug patent litigation. Representative technologies at issue in the cases included semiconductors, contact lenses, pharmaceuticals, biologics, power converters, food products, oil field equipment, medical devices and diapers. Mr. Hatcher is also involved in litigation and counseling regarding trademark, domain name dispute, copyright, and trade secret law, including a trademark/domain name dispute case resolved on the fast-track in the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to joining Sidley, Mr. Hatcher clerked for Chief Judge Edmondson on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Mr. Hatcher, formerly an associate, received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the University of Miami.

Sidley also named the following to partnership in its other offices: Chicago - Rebecca A. Eberhardt, Beth E. Flaming, Jana D. Jobes, Craig A. Knot, Stephanie P. Koh and Melanie E. Walker; London - Steven Pitt; Los Angeles - Frank J. Broccolo, Sean A. Commons and Bridget S. Johnsen; New York - Stephen A. Rutenberg; San Francisco - Hae-Won Min Liao; Washington, D.C. - David S. Petron and John I. Sakhleh.

Sidley’s firmwide IP practice consists of approximately 135 lawyers located in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Sidley’s Dallas office consists of 25 lawyers who focus exclusively on intellectual property law and have extensive experience in all areas of this practice, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secret law. Our Dallas lawyers work principally in the litigation and trial of patent infringement actions that are filed around the country, including many cases in the Eastern District of Texas.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with approximately 1700 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Every year since 2003, Sidley has been named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, its designation for the 18 firms "that define the pinnacle of the legal profession." Sidley is recognized for service and responsiveness—BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only two firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and was number one in three of those years.

For purposes of the New York State Bar rules, this press release may be considered Attorney Advertising and the headquarters of the firm are Sidley Austin LLP 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, 212.839.5300 and Sidley Austin LLP One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.853.7000. Prior results described herein do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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