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Los Angeles Office of McDermott Will & Emery Welcomes Two New IP Attorneys

Friday, July 27, 2007

Los Angeles, CA -- McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Laurence Berman and Eric Levinrad have joined the Firm in the Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department based in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Berman joins McDermott as a partner while Mr. Levinrad joins as counsel.

Prior to joining McDermott, Mr. Berman was the managing principal and founder of Berman, Mausner & Resser. Mr. Berman has served as trial counsel in over 40 trials and arbitrations and has represented a wide variety of clients across industry sectors. Mr. Berman focuses on intellectual property litigation, including copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition matters.

Mr. Berman and Mr. Levinrad recently completed a three and a half week jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court involving a real estate dispute and breach of a settlement agreement. At the conclusion of this trial, they obtained a $6 million jury verdict in favor of their clients, consisting of $2 million in compensatory damages and an additional $4 million in punitive damages. The Court also indicated that it would award attorneys fees and costs as part of the final judgment.

Mr. Levinrad has extensive experience in pre-trial, trial and appellate proceedings. He focuses his practice on complex business litigation, and intellectual property litigation, including trademark, copyright and trade secret cases. Mr. Levinrad is recognized for his written and oral advocacy and research skills, having yielded numerous cost effective and successful results for clients.

"We are excited to have this pair join our local practice in Los Angeles," commented Mark Wine, co-head of the Los Angeles intellectual property practice. "Laurence and Eric are a great fit with our office and will quickly become an asset to our California and global IP team."

Mr. Berman earned his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the State Bar of California. Mr. Levinrad earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

"This team is dynamic, and their practice will greatly complement our existing IP practice in Los Angeles, while adding more depth to our office," commented Gordon Greenberg, partner-in-charge of the Los Angeles office.

McDermott's Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department ( includes more than 225 lawyers and patent agents. McDermott is recognized for its trial and appellate experience, and is ranked as one of the strongest IP litigation firms for both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as one of the most active firms before the ITC. McDermott's 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.

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