Nov 30, 2009

SGR Attorneys Elected to Partnership

ATLANTA (November 30, 2009) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to its partnership.

The new partners are:

Edward C. Konieczny – Mr. Konieczny is a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office and concentrates his practice in complex commercial and multi-district litigation. He has over twenty years of complex litigation and law firm management experience in both plaintiffs’ and defense firms, including serving as managing partner of a multi-state mass tort and class action plaintiffs’ firm from 1999 to 2006. Mr. Konieczny received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University in 1985, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1988, he received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard University. Mr. Konieczny founded the Managing Partners Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association. He also serves on the Executive Committees of the St. Thomas More Society and the Lamar Inn of Court. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in both Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Suzannah K. Sundby — Ms. Sundby, a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office, has extensive experience in patent preparation and prosecution of inventions across diverse technologies including biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, microfluidics, diagnostics, medical devices and nanotechnology. Her practice involves patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, opinion work, client counseling and litigation. Ms. Sundby has experience assisting start-up biotech companies with the preparation and prosecution of their foundation patents, nondisclosure agreements and related IP issues. She also taught advanced biotech patent preparation and prosecution as an adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce Law Center. Before entering the legal field, Ms. Sundby helped map the Drosophila genome as a member of the University of California’s Berkeley Drosophila Genome Group. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/molecular biology; and in addition to earning a Juris Doctor, she earned a Master of Intellectual Property. Ms. Sundby is a member of the California State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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