SOURCE: Donovan & Yee LLP

July 07, 2010 10:00 ET

Donovan & Yee Adds Two New Partners

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) -  Donovan & Yee LLP, a women-owned intellectual property boutique located in New York City, has added Nancy J. Mertzel and Heather L. Heft as partners.

Nancy Mertzel brings over twenty years experience protecting brand names, products and content. She regularly handles disputes involving trademarks, domain names, copyrights and trade secrets. Nancy also handles technology and software disputes and agreements, and counsels clients on best practices for managing online risks. In addition, she advises clients with regard to trademark clearance, prosecution and licensing.

"Nancy's substantial litigation experience makes her an exceptional addition to our team," said Mary A. Donovan, co-founder of the firm. "Her entrepreneurial spirit, tech-savvy approach to lawyering, and client relationships will enhance our practice."

Mertzel is active with several bar associations. Currently, she serves as co-chair of the newly formed LGBT Sub-Committee of the Diversity Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She also recently served as Treasurer, a Trustee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the USA.

Mertzel received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Rochester. She is a member of the New York bar and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and numerous federal courts.

Heather Heft has been practicing exclusively in the field of intellectual property law for more than thirteen years, focusing on obtaining and protecting trademarks and copyrights worldwide. She advises clients in such varied industries as cosmetics, apparel, technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, consumer products, bed and bath products, financial services and entertainment. Heather's practice includes domestic and international trademark clearance and prosecution, trademark licensing, counseling clients on varied intellectual property issues, and the corporate aspects of intellectual property law. She has also litigated intellectual property rights.

"Heather's demonstrated ability to provide excellent client service made her election to partnership a no-brainer," said Donovan. "She knows what clients expect, and has earned their trust and confidence."

Heft is an active member of the International Trademark Association and the Copyright Society of the USA. She is a frequent author and speaker in the field of intellectual property. Heft joined the firm in 2009 after practicing for several years in the intellectual property department of a national law firm, and was recently elected to partnership.

Heft graduated from Columbia University School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor on the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (formerly Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts). She graduated with honors and distinction in American History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Donovan & Yee has been women-owned since its founding in 1997, and has always maintained its offices in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. As a boutique, the firm is particularly nimble and able to respond to client needs with ease. The firm boasts a top notch client base including large and small clients in virtually every industry, including consumer goods, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, publishing, fashion, manufacturing, sports, design and communications.

Donovan & Yee prides itself on creating a work environment that accommodates the needs of working mothers, and its ability to attract and retain diverse employees. Donovan & Yee is a member of the National Association of Women and Minority Owned Law Firms and has been named a "go to" firm by Fortune 100 companies as reported in IP Law & Business. For more information, visit

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