L-R Jason Huff and Chris Glass, Meunier Carlin & Curfman, Atlanta (John Disney/ ALM)
IP boutique Meunier Carlin & Curfman has added two patent lawyers from a pair of big firms in town. Chris Glass, who was at Troutman Sanders, joins as of counsel, and Jason Huff joins as an associate from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
Glass said Meunier Carlin & Curfman’s rapid growth was one of the things that attracted him. “They are expanding very quickly in both number of people and types of clients they are bringing in,” he said. “There are a lot of people I know here from the legal community.”
“They have a lot of resources specific to intellectual property law,” Glass said, adding that the greater rate flexibility a boutique offers was also a draw.
The IP boutique has hired five lawyers so far this year—for a total of 27 lawyers including Glass and Huff, plus eight patent agents. Meunier Carlin & Curfman launched seven years ago with five lawyers and two patent agents.
More additions may be in the offing, according to managing partner John Harbin. “We expect this growth to continue throughout 2017,” he said in a statement. “We look forward to growing MCC into the largest IP boutique in the South.”
Glass, who has an undergraduate degree in physics, handles patent prosecution and litigation, mostly for electronics, optics (which includes fiberoptics communications), medical device and software patents. He said his clients are mostly universities and software companies.
Huff, who has a Ph.D. in microbiology, is a patent prosecutor focused on biotech and chemical patents.
Trial lawyer Leslie Bryan has joined commercial litigation firm Lawrence & Bundy as counsel from Doffermyre Shields Canfield & Knowles. Bryan handles mass tort, product liability and personal injury litigation. Over a more than 30-year career she’s handled multidistrict breast implant litigation, serving as plaintiffs liaison counsel for the Dow Corning litigation facility, and single-plaintiff tobacco litigation in Florida. She is currently lead counsel for a suit seeking class status that Lawrence & Bundy has filed on behalf of 40 chauffeurs for Mears Transportation in Orlando. The suit seeks lost overtime wages, alleging that the drivers were improperly classified as independent contractors instead of employees. Bryan chaired the State Bar of Georgia’s task force on e-discovery last year and is a former vice president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. She is the immediate past chair of the Atlanta Girls’ School’s board of trustees.
Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has added three lawyers. Jana Korhonen joined as of counsel from Georgia-Pacific, where she was senior counsel, labor and employment law. Walter Parker, an associate, joined the benefits practice from Hall Benefits Law. Philip Shepherd, also an associate, joined the business immigration practice from Lucy Lu & Associates.
Michael Williams has joined Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz as an associate from Morris Manning & Martin. Williams is in the corporate finance and securities group, and he also practices entertainment law. He is a member of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals.
Commercial real estate attorney Chris Troutman has joined Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs as an associate from Thompson Hine. Georgia Lawyers for the Arts named Troutman its 2015 Attorney of the Year for providing pro bono legal services to artists and arts groups.
Donovan Potter of Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers has been appointed to the Atlanta advisory board for Handshake America, a Columbus, Ohio-based nonprofit that offers college scholarships and coaching to high school student-athletes. The group started an Atlanta program this year.
Eric Fisher of Taylor English Duma has been named to the board of directors of Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice. Fisher is a past-president of the group’s young professional council. Last year he and Alison Ballard, also of Taylor English, received the 2016 Good Apple Award for their pro bono work facilitating a program to represent foster children in school tribunals.
Kathleen Barton of Kilpatrick Stockton & Townsend has been appointed to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence‘s board of directors.
Kathleen Doty has been appointed the director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law, where she’d served as interim director since May. She will be assisted by two faculty co-directors, Diane Marie Amann and Harlan Cohen.
Doty joined the center in 2015, serving as director of global practice preparation. She will continue that work in her new role and also oversee international professional education, including the master of laws degree for foreign-trained lawyers. Before joining UGA Law, Doty practiced treaty law in Washington at the office of the general counsel for the U.S. Department of the Navy‘s Strategic Systems Programs. She’s also worked as an attorney-editor for the American Society of International Law.
To mark its 40th anniversary year, UGA Law’s Dean Rusk International Law Center will host a daylong conference on the next generation of international trade agreements on Sept. 18. International trade law is “at an inflection point,” said the center’s faculty co-director, Cohen, with Brexit, controversy over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calls to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and China’s One Belt One Road initiative.
“Trade has been pushed back to the front of the global agenda, and with global politics in flux, we are at a unique moment for creative thinking and reform,” Cohen said in a statement. “We hope this conference will be an incubator for some of the best ideas for moving forward.”
There is no charge for the conference, but online registration is required at law.uga.edu/gjicl2017. CLE credit is available.