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December 10, 2014

King & Spalding Expands IP Practice into Washington, D.C. With Addition of Partners Jennifer Burdman and William Sauers

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2014 — King & Spalding has expanded its intellectual property practice into the firm’s Washington, D.C., office with the addition of partners Jennifer Burdman and William Sauers. They join King & Spalding from Crowell & Moring.

“We are pleased to bring Jennifer and Bill on board to establish an on-the-ground IP team in Washington,” said Holmes J. Hawkins III, leader of King & Spalding’s intellectual property practice group. “Their IP litigation and trial experience complement our International Trade Commission and appellate practices, as well as our D.C. litigation team. In addition, their expertise in IP and the life sciences sector bolsters two designated areas of growth for the firm. We welcome them to King & Spalding.”  

Burdman’s practice includes counseling clients on a broad range of matters relating to the acquisition, protection, licensing and enforcement of IP rights. Burdman has extensive trial experience including numerous complex, high-stakes litigations in patent infringements, trade-secret misappropriation and IP contractual matters. She has litigated patent infringement cases involving a wide variety of technologies including medical devices, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. Burdman received an A.B. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Dartmouth College and her J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Sauers focuses on patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement litigation and also counsels clients in a wide range of fields regarding IP portfolio management and enforcement. An experienced trial lawyer, he handles disputes before district courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Prior to entering private practice, Sauers was a lawyer with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received a B.S. degree in international business from King’s College and his J.D. degree from Villanova University.

“King & Spalding’s strong platform in the United States and globally and its commitment to the development and growth of the IP practice were key factors in our decision to join the firm. Both of us look forward to growing our practices and contributing to the firm’s success,” said Burdman.  

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