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Life Sciences Lawyer Joins Arnold & Porter's Intellectual Property Practice in San Francisco

October 21, 2009

San Francisco, October 21, 2009 -- Arnold & Porter announced today that life sciences lawyer Todd Lorenz has joined the firm’s intellectual property practice in San Francisco. Mr. Lorenz has extensive experience in the life sciences sector, with a particular focus on patent prosecution, counseling, and IP transactions.

“Todd has significant experience and solid credentials in advising both emerging and established biotechnology companies here in the US and abroad,” said Trent Norris, head of Arnold & Porter’s San Francisco office. “We’re extremely pleased to have him join our West Coast team.”

“I am thrilled to join Arnold & Porter’s rapidly growing San Francisco office and to tap into their extensive life sciences platform,” said Mr. Lorenz. “The firm has strong capabilities and a deep bench in all aspects of intellectual property, combined with an internationally recognized life sciences practice. I believe my skills will complement and expand their existing capabilities.”

Mr. Lorenz has more than 15 years of experience in the acquisition, licensing, and litigation of biotechnology patents in private practice, at both boutique and major law firms. He has an academic background in biology and immunology, and practical, hands-on experience in addressing the myriad legal issues impacting the biotechnology field. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; conducted cancer immunotherapy research at Harvard Medical School; and earned a law degree from Boston University. In addition to his work for Arnold & Porter’s biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients, Mr. Lorenz will also continue his efforts as co-founder of a Colorado-based biotech venture called Myocept.

Mr. Lorenz’s arrival builds upon the firm’s West Coast platform which has grown in the past 18 months.  Additions in San Francisco have included environmental lawyer Karen Nardi; a team of three lawyers led by Mr. Norris, including Angel Garganta and Monty Agarwal, who focus on consumer class actions, intellectual property, product liability, and environmental matters; high-profile IP litigator Beth Parker; and consumer protection and product liability lawyer Sarah Esmaili. In Los Angeles, additions have included former US Bankruptcy Judge Lisa Hill Fenning; antitrust and business litigators lawyers James Speyer, John Ulin, and Eric Shapland; and trademark lawyer Diane Lambillotte.

Arnold & Porter has an IP practice that is international in scope, with some 90 lawyers practicing in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, trade secrets, and related issues. Many members of the team have advanced degrees in engineering and scientific disciplines, as well as vital industry-sector experience that allows them to counsel clients on legal needs in the context of long-term strategic planning. The firm’s IP lawyers work closely with lawyers from related practice areas who are skilled in dealing with the special issues involving IP in other areas of law, such as US antitrust and European competition; life sciences, pharmaceutical, government contracts, and other regulatory fields; corporate law; public policy; telecommunications; and product liability.

 

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