Successful litigator with a proven ability to convert complex technical and legal concepts into persuasive, winning arguments. Creativity and initiative has successfully resolved “bet-the-company” proceedings and quickly saved clients and employers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Stellar academic credentials and an extended professional network accompany an entrepreneurial approach to business development. Speaking presentations in New York City have been described as “excellent, entertaining, informative and knowledgeable”.

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

·New York State, 2010. MBE Score: 157.3 (Pass: 133; Avg: 133-140). MPRE Score: 122 (Pass: 85; Avg: 100).

 

·Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2006.

 

 

APPOINTMENTS

·N.Y.C.L.A. Appellate Committee, Sub-Committee on Electronic Filing, June 2010 to present.

 

·Peer reviewer for A.B.A. Section of Intellectual Property Law, May 2010 to present.

 

·Board of Advisers, A.I.E.S.E.C. U.K., 2008.

 

 

EDUCATION

·M.A. (Cantab), University of Cambridge, 2006.

 

·Diploma in Legal Practice, Commendation, (equivalent to J.D. magna cum laude), Nottingham Law School, 2003.

 

·B.A. (Hons), Law, 2:1 (equivalent to magna cum laude), University of Cambridge, 2002. Activities included: Law Society Social Secretary; College Newsletter Editor; Hockey Team Captain; Rowing Squad.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

- Ashurst LLP, Attorney, IP / IT Litigation September 2004 - June 2010 excl. Jan.–Oct. 2009

Trademarks:

·Trusted to protect world-famous brands, having argued successful trademark Oppositions for clients such as [withheld] and having drafted successful Brief, Witness Statements and Motion to Suppress in Appeal of a widely-reported trademark lawsuit for [withheld].

·Obtained judgment and injunctive relief for confiscation of imported counterfeit goods.

·Annual resolution of over 100 domain name and company name disputes via Court and ADR proceedings as well as negotiated settlements. Identified cyber-squatter as senior employee of Investment Bank by tracing his emails.

·Advise global corporations on: international exhaustion and parallel imports; jurisdiction; and co-existence.

Copyright:

·Successfully negotiated settlement of dispute over copyright in financial reports for 2% of sum claimed.

·Achieved exceptional settlement in "bet the company" literary and artistic copyright, trade secret and patent trial through persuasive and insightful drafting of Summons and Complaint, Motion for Summary Judgment, Witness Statements, and forensic analyses of software (Visual Basic) code.

·Coordinate global anti-counterfeiting activities for manufacturer of famous character-based merchandise.

Patents:

·Advise diverse industries on patentability, validity and infringement of domestic and international patents.

·Background in the Technology and Biotech Industries has informed work on successful I.C.C. arbitration for [withheld], and in bench trial for [withheld].

·Manage teams of junior staff in document production; complimented by Tribunal for quality of work.

·Advise Applicants on duties of good faith and candor; IPR securitization.

Commercial:

·Strong reputation for technical IT knowledge and drafting skills. Regularly advise financial institutions and NYSE listed IT suppliers on migration, infrastructure and data management disputes and breach of confidence.

·Advised franchisor in relation to pre-emptive proceedings to secure jurisdiction in international commercial disputes; insolvency; misuse of the telecommunications system; debt recovery and breach of contract; professional negligence; rights of personality; trademark licenses, data licensing; API use; syndication; serialization; and sponsorship.

Securities, Fraud:

·Drafted key Prosecutor and Defense Witness Statements in multi-million dollar criminal fraud and civil securities and market abuse actions involving the Serious Fraud Office (equivalent to D.O.J.), the Financial Services Authority (equivalent to S.E.C.) and private brokerage and market-making firms against multiple corporate and individual Defendants.

Pro bono:

 

·Adopted, developed significant pro bono relationship with [withheld] while also providing commercial advice to charities such as [withheld].

·IP seminars given within New York have been described as “excellent, entertaining, informative and knowledgeable”.

Business Development:

·Demonstrated innovative approaches to attracting new clients and cross-selling existing relationships.

·Recognized for achieving increased successes and efficiency by streamlining internal processes, resulting in 75% reduction in client costs with ca. 900% increase in pre-litigation settlements. Further improved client service by creating new matter management architecture.

·International publications on: trademarks; software; e-commerce; ISPs; counterfeiting; privilege; domain names.

·Excellent client and international lawyer relationships, including at senior management level.

·Regular attendee at Legal Events; Captain Firm's Mixed Broomball Team in multi-corporation competitions.

Articles:

·Experience includes: Restructuring & Insolvency; Private Equity; Healthcare; Commercial Real Property.

- TTPCom Limited (acquired by Motorola), Cell Phone Development, October 2003 – September 2004

Team leader for multi-project program; reduced testing time by approximately 70% through diligence, improved communication and implementation of software solutions.

- Cambridge Antibody Technology (acquired by AstraZeneca), Antibody Research, June - October 2003

Maximized responsiveness to staff needs by developing relationships and assuming greater responsibility. Responsible for safe, clean, and adequately-stocked biotech labs.

 

- JONES DAY (then Gouldens), Summer Associate, Private Equity, July 2001.

- ARTHUR COX, Summer Associate, Legislative and Case Law Research, August 2001.