Ten attorneys from Myers Bigel have been named to the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“Well-respected, independent third-party organizations and publications like Best Lawyers continually recognize Myers Bigel attorneys as leading the field in the quality of patents they produce and defend for our clients,” Managing Partner David Purks said, adding, “Our numerous awards and accolades, successful patent applications, and continuing referrals speak volumes to the talent and dedication of our vibrant team of longtime attorneys.”
The 2015 edition of Best Lawyers includes Randy Ayers, David Beatty, Mitch Bigel, Jim Cannon, Lance Lawson, Shawna Lemon, Julie Richardson, Mike Sajovec, Grant Scott and Ken Sibley. The attorneys work across a range of practice groups at the firm including Electronics/Computer, Mechanical, Litigation, Biotechnology, Trademark and Chemical.
Attorneys in these practice groups are well-versed in prosecution and litigation to enforce or defend patent, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets for global technology leaders and innovative startups across the country. Most of the members of the Myers Bigel legal team have experience and degrees in a particular technology, having graduated from quality engineering and science programs — many with advanced degrees — before earning their J.D.s. This rare perspective enables them to counsel many clients on issues related to start up and spin-off companies, technology transfer, and collaborations between academia and industry in addition to building strong relationships with in-house corporate counsel.
For example, attorney Shawna Lemon has B.S. in Biology, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, and worked in pharmaceutical market development; Randy Ayers has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and worked as a satellite communication systems engineer; and Jim Cannon has a B.S. in Biology, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and worked as a plastic parts designer and analyst.
“Skill and integrity are important things in-house counsel look for when partnering with attorneys, but the real asset Myers Bigel brings to the table is the significant technology know-how and experience that enables us to provide insight and advice beyond legal issues,” Purks explained.
The 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2015) includes 52,488 attorneys in 137 practice areas, with inclusion based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. More than 17 million readers see Best Lawyers lists in dozens of city and regional publications in the U.S. including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, as well as in major business and general publications around the world.
Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.