GJN adds patent attorneys at St. Louis office

The Madison County Record Oct. 1, 2010, 9:55am



ST. LOUIS - Attorneys Donald R. Holland and William E. Lahey, two experienced, highly-regarded patent attorneys have joined Gallop, Johnson & Neuman's Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Holland and Lahey are the first of several prominent IP attorneys the firm is currently adding to its IP practice to address new business in matters of high technology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals and related litigation.

"While many law firms and their IP groups are stagnating in the current economy, we are expanding," saod Kenneth Solomon, chair of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman's IP Practice Group. "This is not a matter of merely adding capacity. This would not have been possible just a few years ago – the talent was just not available. We are fortunate to add some of the most experienced, well-regarded patent attorneys in the St. Louis region."

Holland, who earned a Ph.D. in cell physiology and biochemistry in addition to a law degree, has nearly 20 years of patent law experience in biotech, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences.

He has focused his practice on patent preparation and prosecution and on opinion work including patentability opinions, clearance opinions and due diligence opinions.

Holland also has extensive experience in international and foreign patent prosecution, and in Hatch-Waxman opinion work. Before becoming a patent attorney, Holland headed a pharmaceutical discovery research lab for many years.

Lahey has been an intellectual property attorney and "first chair" litigator for 35 years. He has handled cases involving biotechnology, computer sciences, electrical systems, fibers, mining safety, mechanical and other technologies.

In addition, he has testified as an expert witness on patent law; conducted licensing negotiations for intellectual property rights; and rendered legal opinions on validity infringement and enforceability of intellectual property rights. He has conducted due diligence analysis for corporate mergers and acquisitions, and handled many patent application prosecution matters including ex-parte and inter-parties practices before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

"In today's technology-driven, patent-sensitive business environment, our clients require more intellectual property services to address a full range of legal issues," Solomon said. "Don and Bill are very experienced, very well-known and much respected in business, scientific, engineering and legal communities."

Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., a full service law firm of 80 attorneys, has provided legal services to clients in diverse industries since its founding in 1976 and is one of the largest law firms in St. Louis. The firm also has offices in Washington, D.C. The firm serves public corporations; privately-held companies; entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises; individuals and families; trustees and trust beneficiaries; charities; and non-profit entities. The firm's offices are located at 101 South Hanley Road, Suite 1700, in Clayton, and at 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 850, in Washington D.C.

For more information about Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, contact Lois A. LaDriere at 314.615.6000 or visit the website www.gjn.com.

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