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Dinsmore Adds Five IP Attorneys in San Diego and Washington, D.C.

February 1, 2017News Releases

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP enhances its Intellectual Property (IP) practice by adding attorneys in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, California. Partners Toni-Junell Herbert, Mark R. Shanks, and Therese M. Finan, along with Of Counsel Attorneys Aubrey A. Haddach and Fabian M. Koenigbauer, join Dinsmore from Venable LLP.

Herbert, Shanks, Finan and Koenigbauer will practice out of Washington, D.C., and Haddach joins the San Diego office bolstering the IP practice in both locations.

“Dinsmore’s IP Department is unparalleled in terms of its geographic scope, but we needed to continue to build our presence in key locations. Washington, D.C. is strategic because it’s the epicenter of our government and IP specific organizations. The California coast is a hotbed of innovation and advanced research,” said Joshua A. Lorentz, Dinsmore’s Intellectual Property Department Chair. “Toni, Mark, Therese, Aubrey and Fabian expand our scope and deepen our bench, further enhancing us as one of the more formidable IP practices in the nation.”

With their addition, Dinsmore now has IP attorneys practicing in every major market of the firm’s footprint. This comes at a time when companies are increasing the focus on their IP legal needs. George H. Vincent, Dinsmore’s Managing Partner and Chairman, says the firm is committed to evolving to meet client needs.

“Our clients look to us to ensure their ideas and brands are protected. Continuing to grow and strengthen our IP Department is a priority, and this group of exceptional attorneys does just that. They have a sophisticated understanding of the IP challenges that large corporations face. I’m pleased to welcome them to Dinsmore, and I know they will fit in well,” said Vincent.

Herbert said Dinsmore came on their radar once a mutual friend and past Venable partner joined the firm. As they learned more, she says Dinsmore stood out as a clear choice, starting with the depth of its IP group.

“We were impressed with the scope of technical knowledge in Dinsmore’s IP Department. It’s rare to find that variety of experience levels, from first year associates to veteran attorneys, with diverse backgrounds that cover wide-ranging technologies from materials to aircraft engineering,” said Herbert. “We also found the atmosphere to be refreshing, and it was a nice surprise to see the collegiality. It’s clear the attorneys all share an entrepreneurial spirit, so you feel like you are supported and building something together. That can be a difficult environment to maintain in a large national law firm, but you can tell it is part of Dinsmore’s foundation.”

Toni-Junell Herbert represents clients from around the world in every stage of IP development. She has significant experience in IP auditing and due diligence, patent litigation, licensing and technology transfer, and corporate issues related to drug development. Fortune 500 companies seek her advice regarding multibillion dollar strategic acquisitions central to their plans for continued growth and innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. She works directly with clients to help structure patent portfolios and develop successful IP protection strategies. Toni has overseen the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and served as counsel in interference proceedings. She also helps clients position themselves to avoid or prevail in litigation. She earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Mark Shanks has represented clients in numerous aspects of patent acquisition and enforcement. In addition to assisting clients with the strategic development and monetization of IP portfolios, he represents clients in a wide variety of IP litigation matters, including enforcing patents in both traditional and Hatch-Waxman contexts, the enforcement of non-competition agreements and the protection of trade secrets. He also advises clients on IP matters related to mergers and acquisitions and other commercial and technology-related transactions. Shanks earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Therese Finan advises clients on the development and protection of their IP portfolios through all phases of the patent process including the application prosecution, reexamination, reissue, patentability, infringement and validity opinions, IP audits, due diligence, and litigation. She also has a deep background in biomedical research fields, such as biochemistry, cell biology and immunology. This background enables her to focus on clients in various fields, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology and medical devices. Finan earned her J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

Fabian Koenigbauer practices all aspects of patent law in the U.S. and around the world. He helps clients protect, patent and commercialize inventions, particularly in the life sciences. He also helps clients assert their IP rights and defend against infringement allegations. Koenigbauer manages global patent portfolios for his clients, prepares, files and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications. He also assists with patent litigations. Koenigbauer advises clients ranging from small companies and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of technologies. He earned his J.D. and LL.M from the Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Aubrey Haddach has extensive experience in all aspects of patent law and related business matters and helps clients protect, patent and commercialize inventions, particularly in the life sciences. She also helps clients assert their IP rights and defend against infringement allegations. Her patent litigation experience runs the gamut from pre-litigation investigations through discovery, motion practice, trial and appeals to the Federal Circuit. Haddach’s technical knowledge encompasses pharmaceutical, medical device, agrochemical, clean tech and oil/gas industries. She also manages global patent portfolios and prepares, files and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications. Haddach earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Dinsmore’s IP Department includes more than 80 attorneys (including more than 50 patent attorneys) ranking Dinsmore in the nation’s top 50 firms based on number of patent attorneys, according to rankings compiled by IP Today.

Dinsmore has been strategically growing its San Diego and Washington, D.C. offices. Seventeen attorneys practice in Washington, D.C., and 12 attorneys practice out of the San Diego office.