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Seyfarth Adds IP Litigation Team in Houston


Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today the arrival of two partners to its Litigation department and Intellectual Property practice in Houston. Lisa H. Meyerhoff and Myall S. Hawkins join Seyfarth from Baker & McKenzie LLP. Both lawyers were members of Baker’s international Intellectual Property team, which Meyerhoff led for the Houston office. The Houston team was responsible for patent, copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement, anti-counterfeiting, and other IP matters.

Meyerhoff and Hawkins work closely together, representing companies in a diverse range of industries in every facet of intellectual property law, including litigation, licensing, and client counseling. Both are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and have successfully protected the intellectual property rights of some of the most notable brands in Texas and throughout the United States.

“The addition of Lisa and Myall strengthens our strong national IP bench, particularly with respect to their patent litigation and trial expertise,” Seyfarth Litigation chair Kate Perrelli said. “We are beyond thrilled to welcome this excellent team of Houston IP litigators and look forward to working together to expand our IP services in the Houston area and beyond.”

With more than 30 veteran lawyers, Seyfarth’s national Intellectual Property practice serves a diverse roster of clients in the development, protection and monetization of their intellectual property assets. With broad experience in all areas of intellectual property law, Seyfarth’s IP lawyers help clients identify and secure their intellectual property rights, exploit them in the marketplace and enforce or defend them anywhere they do business.

“Lisa and Myall are terrific patent litigators who are poised to handle the multitude of IP issues facing clients in today’s challenging business climate,” said Brian Michaelis, chair of Seyfarth’s Intellectual Property practice. “This dynamic team is a huge asset to our IP practice as we continue to serve emerging industries in Houston and nationally.”

Founded in 1995, Seyfarth’s Houston office has grown to more than 40 lawyers focused on a number of practice areas including corporate, real estate, employment, immigration, commercial litigation and health care law. Earlier this year, the Houston office added Labor & Employment partner Scott Nelson and Corporate attorney Janice Suchyta, who recently served as general counsel and chief strategy officer of AccessHealth.

“Lisa and Myall are recognized as premier legal talents by clients and colleague alike in the Houston business community,” said Mark Coffin, managing partner of Seyfarth’s Houston office. “They bring an elite practice and superior talent to our national IP practice group and the Houston office. We are very proud and excited to have them join our dynamic and growing office.”

About the New Partners:

Lisa H. Meyerhoff has nearly 30 years of experience and focuses her practice on litigation, counseling, and both domestic and foreign intellectual property disputes. She frequently works on issues involving patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright counseling, as well as IP enforcement and anti-piracy. Knowledgeable in all areas of intellectual property protection, Meyerhoff has routinely participated in arbitrations, mediations, and bench and jury trials in federal court and appeared in numerous proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office boards.

A member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Trademark Association, Meyerhoff received her J.D., cum laude, from South Texas College of Law. She earned Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Baylor University.

Myall S. Hawkins represents a wide range of national clients in intellectual property litigation matters concerning patent, trademark, anti-counterfeiting, and copyright. With over 30 years of experience, he has also advised many businesses on trade secret matters and products liability litigation.

Earlier in his career, Hawkins was an engineer for aerospace and general aviation manufacturers. He earned his J.D., with honors, from the Washburn School of Law and received a B.S., in Aviation Engineering, from Western Michigan University.

About Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw has more than 850 attorneys in 15 offices providing a broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, corporate and real estate. Seyfarth’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and reflect virtually every industry and segment of the economy. A recognized leader in delivering value and innovation for legal services, Seyfarth has earned numerous accolades from a variety of highly respected industry associations, consulting firms and media.


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