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Bill Coughlin, CEO of Harness, Dickey & Pierce and former assistant general counsel at Ford Motor Co. Bill Coughlin, CEO of Harness, Dickey & Pierce and former assistant general counsel at Ford Motor Co. (Courtesy photo)

IP boutique Harness, Dickey & Pierce has brought back a familiar face to take a brand new position. Bill Coughlin, who practiced at the firm for 17 years before starting an in-house career in 1995, rejoined the 100-lawyer, Troy, Michigan-based firm last week as its first chief executive officer. He’s been tasked with overseeing the firm’s short and long-term strategic business planning, client development and firmwide operations.

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Scott Graham

Scott Graham focuses on intellectual property and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He writes ALM's Skilled in the Art IP briefing. Contact him at sgraham@alm.com.

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