SOURCE: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

October 02, 2007 13:41 ET

Greenberg Traurig Expands Global Intellectual Property Practice With Addition of Three Attorneys in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP announced the addition of international intellectual property attorneys Eric Smith as Shareholder, and Maria Strong and Michael Schlesinger as Of Counsel, to the Washington, D.C. office. Before joining Greenberg Traurig, they practiced at their own boutique firm, Smith, Strong & Schlesinger LLP, where their practice focused on international IP law and enforcement, and trade policy. Dr. Mihály Ficsor, formerly a consultant with Smith, Strong & Schlesinger in Hungary, will continue to consult with the group as International Legal Consultant.

"We are delighted Eric, Maria and Michael are joining us in our D.C. office. Their understanding of international copyright and trademark issues complements our global trade practice and enables us to offer additional capabilities to clients operating worldwide," remarked James Bacchus, Chairman of the firm's Global Trade Practice Group.

"With their considerable experience in very specific aspects of international copyright law and practice, Eric, Maria and Michael are a wonderful fit for Greenberg Traurig, adding further depth to our international intellectual property practice," said Richard A. Rosenbaum, President of Greenberg Traurig.

"Greenberg Traurig, with its expansive national and international presence, offers a unique opportunity to grow our practice. We're looking forward to utilizing GT's multidisciplinary platform of legal services to better serve clients," said Eric Smith. "We've worked with GT lawyers in the past and know them to be of the highest caliber. It is a great firm, and Maria, Michael, Mihály and I are very pleased to be part of this global team," he added.

Eric Smith's practice focuses primarily on international copyright matters. He is co-founder of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a coalition of seven U.S. trade associations representing more than 1,900 companies across several industries, including motion pictures, business and entertainment software, music and recording, and book and journal publishing. In addition to representing many multinational content companies, Smith represents IIPA before U.S. and foreign governments to protect U.S. copyrighted products and reduce piracy levels through improved legal protection and more effective enforcement. Increasingly, his practice focuses on issues related to international e-commerce and the Internet. Smith received his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley; a B.A., with honors, from Stanford University; and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Maria Strong focuses her practice on international copyright and trade issues affecting companies in the audio-visual, publishing, software and e-commerce industries. On behalf of clients, including the IIPA, she tracks copyright law and enforcement developments worldwide, concentrating on the Americas and Eastern Europe. She has participated in investigations brought under U.S. trade laws against foreign countries for their failure to provide adequate and effective protection for U.S. copyright owners. Strong received her J.D. from George Washington University; an M.A. from the University of Southern California; and her B.A. from UCLA. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Michael Schlesinger's practice focuses on international copyright and trademark law and enforcement. He has represented the IIPA for more than a decade, monitoring worldwide developments in copyright law and enforcement, with a particular focus on activities and issues in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Schlesinger speaks about copyright issues around the world and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. He teaches international copyright law at George Washington University and is on the faculty of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center of the Max Planck Institute in Germany. He received his J.D. from Columbia University and his A.B. from Oberlin University. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Dr. Mihály Ficsor is a world renowned expert in international copyright. He joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1985, serving as Assistant Director General in charge of the Copyright Sector, and as Secretary to the Diplomatic Conference, which resulted in the adoption of the WIPO Internet Treaties in 1996. Dr. Ficsor continues to lecture and write extensively, and is the author of the definitive treatise, The Law of Copyright and the Internet (published in 2002; a second edition is forthcoming). He also served as a member of a WTO Dispute Settlement Panel in an intellectual property matter. Dr. Ficsor holds a doctorate in law and political science from the University of Budapest. He resides in Hungary, and is not admitted to practice law in the U.S.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with more than 1700 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The firm is ranked seventh on The American Lawyer's Am Law 100 listing of the largest law firms in the U.S., based on number of lawyers.

Greenberg Traurig's Intellectual Property Practice has been widely recognized for its work, including:

--  Ranked 1st for the number of trademark applications issued in 2006 in
    Intellectual Property Today's annual listing of Top Trademark Firms (May
--  Ranked 1st among law firms most frequently hired for trademark
    litigation, according to IP360's survey of the 250+ largest law firms in
    the United States (February 2007).
--  Ranked 1st by NameProtect® Trademark Insider for number of USPTO
    trademark  applications submitted (NameProtect Annual Reports 2004, 2005
    and 2006).

Greenberg Traurig serves clients from offices in: Albany, NY; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Atlanta, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Morristown, NJ; New York, NY; Orange County, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; Silicon Valley, CA; Tallahassee, FL; Tampa Bay, FL; Tokyo, Japan; Tysons Corner, VA; Washington, D.C.; West Palm Beach, FL; Wilmington, DE; and Zurich, Switzerland. Additionally, the firm has strategic alliances with the following independent law firms: Olswang, London and Brussels; Studio Santa Maria, Milan and Rome; and Hayabusa Asuka Law Offices in Tokyo.

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