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Townsend’s Seattle Office Adds Three Litigators

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Steven P. Fricke, James W. Anable and Jeffrey W. Reis Leave Christensen O'Conner Johnson Kindness to Expand Townsend's Litigation Capabilities in Pacific Northwest

San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA – Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, a 180-attorney law firm specializing in intellectual property protection and litigation, announced today that Steven P. Fricke, James W. Anable and Jeffrey W. Reis have joined the firm's Seattle, Washington office.

Fricke, Anable and Reis join the firm's 70-member Litigation Practice Group from the Seattle office of Christensen O'Conner Johnson Kindness. Their practices focus on intellectual property litigation, patent infringement and validity opinions, and related litigation and pre-litigation counseling.

"We are very happy to welcome Steve, Jim and Jeff to Townsend," remarked Townsend's Chairman Jim Gilliland. "They all know this market very well - having practiced and lived in Washington for most of their respective careers - and they are an excellent fit for our larger firm-wide litigation practice."

For Townsend's Litigation Practice Group, led by Palo Alto, CA-based partner Ted Herhold, the addition of Fricke, Anable and Reis represents the latest in a series of steps to bolster litigation capabilities throughout all of Townsend's offices. "The arrival of Steve, Jim and Jeff represents an important step forward for our litigation practice in Seattle and for our firm's ability to meet all the IP needs of our clients in all of our offices," remarked Herhold.

Fricke joins the firm as a partner. He is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law. He received his Masters degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington and his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering and mechanics from the University of Minnesota.

Anable joins the firm as of counsel. He is a graduate of the Seton Hall University School of Law. He received his masters in electrical engineering from Purdue University and his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.

Reis joins the firm as special counsel. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Washington State University.

Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP teams with businesses, inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and investors to protect their innovative products and ideas. With offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, San Diego, Denver, Seattle and Tokyo, Townsend has more than 180 attorneys, many with advanced technical degrees and extensive scientific and business experience.

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