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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 [email protected]

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