FisherBroyles Continues to Grow IP Group With Addition of Five New Partners

By Press Releases
May 5, 2018

ATLANTA — April 2018 — FisherBroyles LLP, the nation’s first and world’s largest cloud-based distributed law firm partnership, announced today that John Eisenhart, Elizabeth Haanes, James W. Hill, Keats Quinalty and Cara Crowley-Weber have joined the firm as partners and members of the Patent Prosecution team, which is part of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice group.

“We are thrilled to welcome John, Elizabeth, James, Keats, and Cara to the firm and its Intellectual Property practice group, which continues to expand and solidify its place among the top IP law groups in the nation,” said FisherBroyles Intellectual Property Managing Partner T.J. DoVale. “FisherBroyles attracts top-notch talent by aligning the interests of our clients with the interests of the firm and our attorneys. With very low overhead, we can offer our clients the experience of Am Law 200 partner-level attorneys without pricing ourselves out of the market.”

Mr. Eisenhart focuses his practice on U.S. and International patent prosecution. He has extensive experience obtaining patent protection for all manner of computer software, telecommunications and voice over IP, imaging, and displays, semiconductor fabrication and packaging techniques, mechanical systems, electronics, optics and biomedical engineering technology.  He stated, “I am confident that FisherBroyles’ Law Firm 2.0® model will greatly benefit my clients over the coming years. I am excited to join the elite group of attorneys that make up FisherBroyles.”

Ms. Haanes provides over 20 years of legal experience and 10 years as a professional researcher to firm clients, especially those in the life sciences industries.  She said about FisherBroyles, “I am honored to join the distinguished bench of experienced biotech patent attorneys at FisherBroyles and I am excited to step up the levels of service and value I can provide to clients.”

Mr.Hill’s practice involves patent litigation, prosecution, and post-grant proceedings including inter partes review, as well as strategic counseling, intellectual property due diligence, and licensing. He handles intellectual property matters for clients in a range of industry sectors including medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, software, and signal and imaging processing.  He said, “I am pleased to join FisherBroyles’ strong intellectual property group and take part in the firm’s innovative approaches to legal practice, consistently delivering excellent results for clients.”

Mr. Quinalty is a trusted ally with extensive pretrial and in-trial litigation experience, who utilizes his experience working as an Examiner in the US Patent Office to build or solidify patent portfolios to protect client’s intellectual property. He commented, “I am excited for the opportunity to join FisherBroyles with its depth of experienced attorneys and business model that provides unparalleled opportunities for clients.”

Ms. Crowley-Weber is experienced in securing, protecting, managing and monetizing intellectual property in the life sciences sector, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, animal health, medical devices and diagnostics, and healthcare services. She draws upon both her cancer biology and pharmacology research background and years of experience as a patent attorney to help her clients’ businesses continue to innovate and thrive.  She added, “FisherBroyles is a national full-service law firm that provides me with a cutting-edge platform to deliver the full scope of legal capabilities to clients in an efficient manner. It also is exciting to be a part of the firm that is helping to shape the future of the legal industry.”

The FisherBroyles Intellectual Property practice group includes more than 50 patent prosecutors, 12 trademark prosecutors, and several IP litigators and transaction attorneys. All five new IP partners come to FisherBroyles with strong technical backgrounds and BigLaw experience.

Mr. Eisenhart joins the firm’s Washington, D.C., office from Nixon Vanderhye P.C. in Arlington, Va. He focuses his practice on U.S. and international patent prosecution for all manner of computer software, telecommunications and voice over IP, imaging, and displays, semiconductor fabrication, and packaging techniques, mechanical systems, electronics, optics and biomedical engineering technology. He received his J.D. from George Mason School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Also based in the firm’s Washington office, Ms. Haanes most recently was a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP. She focuses her practice on the technology areas of vaccines, infectious diseases, medical diagnostics, biomarkers, personalized medicine, therapeutic antibodies, genomics, proteomics, and gene therapy. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado, her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Hill comes to FisherBroyles’ Los Angeles office from Perkins Coie LLP, where he also was a partner. His extensive legal practice includes patent litigation and prosecution, strategic counseling, intellectual property due diligence and licensing in the areas of medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, software, and signal and imaging processing. He received his J.D. (cum laude) from Boston University, his M.D. from the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor of Science from California State University, Los Angeles.

Based in FisherBroyles’ Atlanta office, Mr. Quinalty most recently was a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson. He has more than 20 years of experience working with patents, including all aspects of patent application preparation and prosecution, client counseling regarding IP protections and strategies, and drafting opinions. His experience also includes more than two years working as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his J.D. from the Washburn University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ms. Crowley-Weber joins the firm’s Denver office from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where she was a partner and former co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice. She works with companies from coast to coast providing counsel on patent portfolio management and business strategies to drive revenue based on intellectual property in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, and agriculture industries. Her work also includes advising clients on intellectual property matters. She received her J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona Health Science Center, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona.

About FisherBroyles, LLP

Founded in 2002, FisherBroyles, LLP was the first in the U.S., and now the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world. The Next Generation Law Firm® has grown to approximately 215 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. The FisherBroyles’ efficient and cost-effective Law Firm 2.0® model leverages talent and technology instead of unnecessary overhead that does not add value to our clients, all without sacrificing BigLaw quality. Visit our website at www.fisherbroyles.com to learn more about our firm’s unique approach and how we can best meet your legal needs.

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