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Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley

July 28, 2011 18:33 ET

Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley's Richard Charnley and Neil Smith Earn Distinction in Chambers USA's 2011 Edition

LOS ANGELES, CA and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 28, 2011) - Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley (RMKB) partners Richard Charnley and Neil Smith have been recognized in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA, the annual publication of prestigious legal ranking company Chambers and Partners. Charnley was honored in the "Media and Entertainment: Litigation" category, while Smith was ranked in the area of "Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets." It is the second inclusion in Chambers USA for both Charnley and Smith, who were also recognized in the 2010 edition.

A partner in RMKB's Entertainment Practice Group in Los Angeles, Charnley is a veteran litigator who represents some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He handles large-scale intellectual property, advertising, financing and real estate disputes on behalf of a high-profile client roster that includes celebrities, television networks, movie studios, producers and insurers. He has provided legal commentary for programs including Larry King Live, The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight, and has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair.

With more than 35 years of experience handling complex trademark, trade secrets, copyright, unfair competition and patent infringement disputes, Smith is an experienced intellectual property legal practitioner whose high-profile clients have included Sega, Gucci, Levi Strauss, Adidas and Memorex. Complementing his litigation practice in RMKB's San Jose and San Francisco offices, Smith also is well-versed in intellectual property strategy and counseling, including Internet law, licensing, anti-counterfeiting, gray market and extraterritorial application of the law.

About Chambers and Partners
Chambers and Partners publishes the leading guides to the legal profession. A team of 100 highly qualified, full-time researchers identifies and ranks the world's best lawyers and law firms based on in-depth, objective research. While each guide offers analysis of the legal market within a specific region, the Global guide offers worldwide coverage, ranking lawyers and law firms with leading international practices.

About Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley
Based in Redwood City, Calif. and with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Calif., Los Angeles, New York and Boston, Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley conducts a multi-service practice offering litigation and transactional services to domestic and international businesses and individuals. The firm's practice areas include appellate; corporate and business litigation; banking and consumer credit; construction; real estate; employment; entertainment; environmental; professional liability; intellectual property; insurance coverage, bad faith and regulatory matters; fidelity and surety; product liability; and asset protection, estate planning and tax. For more information, visit

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