04/03/07

K&L Gates expands IP practice with new Seattle partner


Prominent international law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart hired leading IP lawyer W. David Shenk to its intellectual property and patent litigation practice in Seattle. Shenk has vast experience in patent litigation and copyright cases including database software, digital devices, inhalable antibiotics, architectural plans, and exercise equipments, among many others. He joins K&L from Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness. During his illustrative career as an IP lawyer, Shenk made several representations before the state and federal courts in matters comprising all aspects of trademark law, trademark clearance and prosecution, administrative proceedings, and litigation.

K&L Gates' Seattle administrative partner Robert Mitchell, welcoming Shenk, said that the firm hopes to leverage on Shenk's "skills and experience with a diverse range of technologies." The firm hopes to serve its clients better with enhanced capabilities. The firm's clientele includes some of the global giant companies. The firm has more than 1,400 lawyers in 22 offices located across the globe. They represent clients ranging from entrepreneurs and middle market companies to leading international Fortune 100, and FTSE 100 companies.

Otillar joins Baker & McKenzie as Energy partner in Houston
Baker & McKenzie LLP appointed Steven P. Otillar as a partner in the Major Projects Practice Group in its Houston office. Otillar practices in energy and infrastructure development, especially on international and cross-border work. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, he served Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP as a transactional lawyer.

A popular figure in the Houston community, Otillar also served as counsel to several global companies. He also represented several energy clients. Otillar took up an advisory role in international oil and gas exploration and production matters. Baker Mackenzie will rely heavily on Otillar's global and cross-border projects to serve the emerging needs of its clients across continents. Gerry Bolkema, Chair of Baker & McKenzie's North American Banking, Finance, and Major Projects practice, said that Otillar will lead a pivotal role in the "advancement of [the firm's] global energy practice."

BIZARRE NEWS

The Unfaithful
Darrell Roberson, who killed his wife's lover, escaped murder charges from Texas grand jury. Here is the infidelity tale: The husband returns home and finds his wife in a pickup truck in the driveway with another man. The wife, dressed in a robe and underwear, realizes she was caught red-handed. Her reckless pronouncement "r-a-p-e"! The husband's obvious reaction - pulls a gun and kills the other man. The victim - Devin LaSalle. Tracy Roberson, the 35-year-old wife, is charged with manslaughter in the death of LaSalle. The charges stem from allegations that her false rape call prompted her husband to shoot LaSalle. According to AP reports, the wife invited her lover home in December with a text message that said "I need to feel your warm embrace!" If convicted, Tracy Roberson faces two to 20 years in prison.