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Intellectual Property Team Joins BakerHostetler in Atlanta

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

BakerHostetler is proud to announce that Katrina Quicker, Michael Riesen, and Jason Grier have joined the firm, resident in the Atlanta office and practicing in the Intellectual Property Group, as key members of the Life Sciences and Electrical, Mechanical, and Computer Science Prosecution and Litigation teams. This further enhances the growth from BakerHostetler’s recent merger with national Intellectual Property firm Woodcock Washburn, a merger that added nearly 70 IP attorneys, as well as the recent addition of a three-member IP group in the firm’s Chicago office. The three new members of the Atlanta group join BakerHostetler from Ballard Spahr LLP.

Katrina Quicker joins the firm as partner. She focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation before federal district and appellate courts, as well as before tribunals such as the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She currently serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia for intellectual property matters. She has litigated nearly 50 patent infringement cases throughout the country, including in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Delaware, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Central District of California. Her clients come from a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical devices, biotechnology, chemical, mechanical, computer and electronics, and consumer products. Quicker also has experience representing licensors and licensees in negotiating and drafting agreements that transfer intellectual property rights, including patents, know-how, trademarks, domain names, trade secrets, and copyrights.

Quicker earned her J.D. from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2000, magna cum laude, where she was an editor of The University of Toledo Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University in 1995.

“We are excited to have Katrina and her team on board to add life sciences and intellectual property litigation expertise to our strong existing electrical/mechanical and intellectual property transaction practices, ” said Christopher M. Arena partner-in-charge of BakerHostetler’s Atlanta office. “Her national practice will benefit our clients in Atlanta and across the firm.”

“Joining BakerHostetler was the right move for my team and for our clients,” said Quicker. “The firm has a nationally ranked IP practice with more than 140 IP lawyers and further provides our clients with access to BakerHostetler’s other top practice groups such as its commercial litigation, appellate, and privacy and data protection teams. Moreover, our team is excited to help grow a strong IP litigation practice based in Atlanta.”

Associate Michael Riesen focuses his practice on patent prosecution, including preparing patent applications, opinion work, international and domestic filings, and preparation of briefs and pleadings. He also has significant experience in intellectual property due diligence and the post-grant review process, including the preparation of inter partes review petitions. Riesen earned his J.D. from The University of Toledo College of Law in 2008, cum laude, where he served as president of the Intellectual Property Society and Student Bar Association. He earned his M.S. in Engineering from The University of Toledo in 2008 and his B.S. in Physics from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Associate Jason Grier focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation across a wide range of technologies, primarily practicing before federal district courts and administrative tribunals such as the PTAB and the TTAB. Grier previously held an in-house counsel position for a startup biotech company and worked in the lab of renowned antiviral researcher Dr. Raymond F. Schinazi at Emory University. Grier earned his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, 2009, cum laude, where he was an associate editor of the Georgia State University Law Review. He earned his M.S. in Biology from Georgia State University in 2006 and his B.S. in Applied Biology, with high honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001.

About BakerHostetler

One of the nation’s largest law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, and tax – the firm has nearly 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit

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