Drinker Biddle Adds Four

IP attorneys from Merchant & Gould joined the firm, following announcement of combination with Faegre Baker Daniels

Drinker Biddle & Reath announced Jan. 27 that Timothy ScullKirstin Stoll-DeBellAndrew Pouzeshi and Kathleen Ott have joined the firm as partners in its intellectual property practice. The group joined the firm from Merchant & Gould.

“Tim, Kirstin, Andy and Kathy are four accomplished intellectual property lawyers with sophisticated technical experience,” said Andrew Kassner, Drinker Biddle’s chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to welcome this highly regarded team during a transformative time for Drinker Biddle. They expand our strong national IP practice and bring immediate value to our clients.”

Scull’s practice centers on patent prosecution, patent analysis and trademark work, primarily in the software and information technology industries. Scull received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to law school, he worked as a design engineer for General Motors.

Stoll-DeBell has more than 20 years of experience litigating patents and trademarks. She negotiates and drafts patent, trademark and trade secret licensing agreements, and she files and prosecutes trademark and patent applications. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Pouzeshi focuses his practice on patent prosecution and patent analysis work, primarily in the software and information technology industries. Pouzeshi received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Ott works on analyzing patents and protecting innovations for her software, medical device and pharmaceutical clients. Ott received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Drinker Biddle entered the Denver market through its combination with Faegre Baker Daniels, announced Jan. 17. 

“Our team is excited to join Drinker Biddle at the time of this combination with Faegre Baker Daniels,” Scull said in a press release. “Everyone we have met at the two firms has confirmed for us that their cultures and values match perfectly with one another, and with our own. …
Together, it will be a formidable group that we are thrilled to be a part of.”

Lateral Watch

Coan Payton & Payne announced Wednesday that Matthew Chudacoff has joined the firm.  Chudacoff’s practice focuses on general commercial litigation with an emphasis on resolving disputes related to business, real estate, natural resources and employment matters.

Chudacoff is admitted to practice law in Colorado and Wyoming, where he began his career as a commercial litigator at the Cheyenne office of a large Mountain West firm. 

Prior to being in private practice, Chudacoff served as law clerk to Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Kate Fox. Chudacoff received his law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he was named the 2016 Brimmer Scholar and graduated as the top-ranked student of his class. 

Lyda Law Firm announced Tuesday the addition of Michael Davis as of counsel to the firm. Davis has more than 30 years of legal experience in business law, commercial litigation and debt resolution.

Prior to joining Lyda Law Firm, Davis was a partner with DLG Law Group and Archer Bay PA in Denver, and Springer Brown Covey Gaertner and Davis in Chicago. 

He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Colorado and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Business Committee of the Colorado Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. 

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. 

Woods Aitken announced former Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Amanda Hoberg joined the firm’s Denver office. Hoberg joined the firm’s litigation team and will work with clients in the construction law and commercial litigation practice areas.

Hoberg started her legal practice at a national law firm practicing civil litigation. During that time, she served as a member of multiple litigation teams, handling all aspects of complex, civil cases from pre-filing to resolution.

Hoberg received her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School.

GOOD FOR YOU

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Chloe Mickel, an associate in the firm’s Denver office, has joined the board of directors of Denver Urban Gardens, a nonprofit organization that provides the resources, training and support for establishing community gardens. DUG currently operates over 181 community gardens throughout metro Denver, including more than 66 school-based community gardens.

As part of her two-year term, Mickel will assist DUG with its strategic planning process. 

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