The year 2015 hasn't been kind so far to Ed Lanquist, managing shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, the firm that used to go by Waddey & Patterson. First, fellow founder Jack Waddey bolted for Waller and took four colleagues with him. Then, partner Phil Walker left to join Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.
Saying goodbye to six of your 21 attorneys in the space of two weeks is a punch in the gut. But Lanquist is adamant that the departures don't constitute an existential threat.
"Not at all," Lanquist said after word got out of Waller's full haul. "We obviously wish them luck. Waller's a good firm and we're disappointed they've left. But we can still act as counsel for a lot of firms that don't have an IP group."
Lanquist had been looking to grow the firm — which has been a prominent supporter of the Entrepreneur Center and Jumpstart Foundry — even before Waddey and the others walked out. (Former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiner Tiffany Palmer came on board late last year.) That plan hasn't changed but it also hasn't been pushed into high gear. Lanquist said he wants to safeguard his firm's culture — he's looking to bring in both entry-level associates and some with three to five years of experience — and won't rush the hiring process just to fill office space.
"There's no place I'd rather be as a patent attorney than Nashville, Tennessee," he said.
Intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson has brought on board Tiffany Palmer as an associate. Palmer earned her law degree this year from the University of Alabama, where she also worked at the Office for Technology Transfer. In addition, she has experience as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and was a summer associate at Coca-Cola, among other places. Her hiring takes Waddey & Patterson's attorney roster to 21. Check out the firm's news release here.
Stites & Harbison has added patent attorney Rebecca Barnett as counsel in the firm’s intellectual property and technology service group.
Barnett will focus her practice primarily on developing and maintaining domestic and international patent portfolios in the biological, chemical and mechanical arts. She will serve clients from both the firm’s Memphis and Nashville offices.
Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, Barnett was an associate for nearly five years with Nashville-based intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson.
Barnett earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.
Barnett serves as treasurer of the board of directors for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, as an executive committee member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and as a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.
Paul Ney recently passed the patent bar exam, which plugs a hole in Waddey & Patterson's marketing plan: Every one of the firm's attorneys now is a registered patent attorney. Ney, a former economic and community development point man for Metro, joined Waddey almost three years ago as of counsel.
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