SOURCE: King & Spalding

September 17, 2007 09:00 ET

King & Spalding Continues Its Expansion in Washington, D.C. With Arrival of Partners Chris Ott and George Marcou

Firm Welcomes 10 Additions to Public Policy and Intellectual Property Practices

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 17, 2007) - King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today that it has added 10 lawyers and non-lawyer professionals to its Washington, D.C. office in the areas of public policy and intellectual property. The additions bolster the capabilities of the firm's growing Washington, D.C. office.

The additions consist of four partners, including Christopher A. Ott, the former practice group leader of Kilpatrick Stockton's government relations practice, and George Marcou, the former Managing Partner of Kilpatrick Stockton's Washington, D.C. office, as well as Dawn-Marie Bey, and Michael Dimino, a partner and partner-elect who have leading practices in electrical engineering patent prosecution, counseling, and diligence.

Government Advocacy and Public Policy Group

The Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice will receive Christopher A. Ott, the former practice leader and a partner in Kilpatrick Stockton's government relations practice, along with five government relations advisors and an associate from that firm.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Chris and his team to King & Spalding," said former Senator Dan Coats, Co-Chair with former Senator Connie Mack of the firm's Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice. "Each of them brings unique experience and special skills that will add greatly to our ability to provide superior service to our clients."

Christopher Ott represents companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and energy sectors, as well as companies in the financial services industry. With a strong substantive background in intellectual property, his work ranges from representing companies on patent reform legislation, to placement of government funded research and development programs involving the U.S. Defense Department and other Executive branch agencies.

Ott, five government relations advisors, and an associate from Kilpatrick Stockton are joining 19 professionals on King & Spalding's Government Advocacy and Public Policy team, including Senators Coats and Mack; Ambassador Lloyd Hand; George Crawford, Speaker Pelosi's former Chief of Staff; Tom Spulak, former General Counsel to the House of Representatives; and Eleanor Hill, former Inspector General of the Department of Defense and Staff Director of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001. Those members of the firm's government advocacy group utilize their experience and long-standing relationships with key members of the House, Senate, and the Bush Administration, to help clients effectively manage their overall interactions with the federal government.

Intellectual Property Group

In the intellectual property practice, the firm welcomes George Marcou, partner Dawn-Marie Bey and partner-elect Michael Dimino from Kilpatrick Stockton, where Marcou served as managing partner of the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

"We welcome George, Dawn-Marie and Mike to the firm and are very pleased they have chosen to join us," said Courtland Reichman, leader of King & Spalding's intellectual property practice. "George represents a strong presence on the ground to anchor the IP practice in Washington and lead its growth. All three bring considerable patent and technical depth to the firm, and we are excited about the additional benefits their experience will bring our clients."

The addition of Marcou, Bey, and Dimino caps a year of unprecedented growth for King & Spalding's intellectual property group. In the last twelve months, the firm has added fifteen lateral partners and over 50 associates and patent agents to its intellectual property practice in Atlanta, New York, Houston, and Washington, D.C. "We are pleased to continue our strong growth over the past year with three Washington partners who are at the top of their game, and who will be able to provide leadership as we continue to expand our Washington intellectual property practice," Reichman continued.

Marcou focuses on patent prosecution, diligence and counseling for technologies including electrical and mechanical engineering and software. He also is involved in government relations aspects of intellectual property issues. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor for the Georgetown Law Journal. He was on the adjunct faculty of Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the International Academy of Engineering of Moscow.

Bey is experienced in patent law, in particular managing large patent prosecution portfolios. She is also experienced in a variety of technologies, especially legal issues at the intersection of government contracting and intellectual property rights, including interpretation of Bayh-Dole Act and Federal Acquisition Regulations and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplements. She earned a B.A. in Physics at Franklin & Marshall College and an LL.M. equivalent in Intellectual Property at George Mason School of Law. She had served as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Dimino's practice centers on patent prosecution, counseling and diligence. He has a strong background in electrical engineering and software technologies, with expertise in IP due diligence and procuring patent rights under federal research and development projects. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from St. Mary's University School of Law. Before attending law school, he spent 10 years at the U.S. Department of Defense developing radio frequency surveillance systems.

King & Spalding's intellectual property practice group consists of more than 100 lawyers and scientific advisors in the firm's offices in Atlanta, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C. The group's professionals practice in the full range of patent and trademark issues, including litigation, pre-litigation counseling, licensing, United States and foreign patent and trademark prosecution, United States and foreign administrative patent and trademark proceedings, opinion preparation, contracts, acquisitions, technology transfer, due diligence and portfolio enforcement and defense. The firm's intellectual property clients range from start-up companies to household name multinational corporations owning thousands of patents and tens of thousands of trademarks. The firm has a particular emphasis on high-tech and biotech-pharma patent litigation, representing several of the country's leading technology companies.

The government relations advisors and associate adding further depth to King & Spalding's Government Advocacy and Public Policy group include:

Senior Government Relations Advisors

--  John Howell spent eight years as a U.S. Army Ranger, followed by nine
    years as an intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. He
    works with clients doing business with the U.S.  intelligence, security and
    defense agencies.
    
--  Michael Rishling served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has more than 20
    years' experience as a senior level intelligence officer with the CIA,
    including Chief of Station for the Agency in Europe. He works with both
    domestic and foreign companies on matters involving trade, security,
    intelligence and defense related matters.
    
--  Arch Galloway was a combat arms officer in the U.S. Army for 28 years,
    including service in the Army's Senate Liaison Division, and he spent 10
    years as Senior Defense Policy Advisor to U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
    He works with companies focused on defense and foreign affairs, NASA and
    other public programs.
    
--  Dan Hickey has served as Deputy  Assistant  Secretary for governmental
    affairs for the U.S. Department of
    Transportation,  Deputy  Assistant  Administrator of government affairs for
    the  Federal Aviation Administration,  and  Director
    of  Government  Affairs for U.S. Airways.  Dan works with clients with a
    particular focus on transportation-related matters.
    

Government Relations Advisor

--  Tara Chapman served for three years at the Central Intelligence Agency
    as a contracting officer in government contracts and acquisitions and also
    provided supervisory operational support on issues of strategic concern to
    policymakers.
    

Associate

--  William Clarkson served for six years as an advisor to U.S. Sen. Susan
    Collins (R-Maine) on transportation issues, including highway and FAA
    reauthorization bills, and appropriations and homeland security issues.
    

King & Spalding's Washington, D.C. office employs more than 185 lawyers and non-lawyer professionals, including government relations specialists, trade consultants and policy advisors. These lawyers and professionals practice in a broad range of areas including antitrust, class-action and mass tort litigation, commercial disputes, corporate finance, corporate governance, environmental, FDA/healthcare, public policy and government advocacy, intellectual property, government investigations, international trade, mergers and acquisitions and tax, among others.

About King & Spalding

King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, London, New York, Riyadh (affiliated office) and Washington, D.C. The firm represents half of the Fortune 100 and in a Corporate Counsel survey in September 2007 was among the top firms representing Fortune 250 companies. For additional information, visit www.kslaw.com.

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