Aug 15, 2016

Best Lawyers in America Names SGR’s Gregory Kirsch as Georgia’s Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year”

ATLANTA (August 15, 2016) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that Gregory J. Kirsch has been named Georgia’s Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 by The Best Lawyers in America®, the leading peer-review-based directory of legal practitioners.

Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Attorneys who are honored as “Lawyer of the Year” have received particularly high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

In addition to this recognition, Mr. Kirsch has previously been selected for inclusion by The Best Lawyers in America for Patent Law since 2007. He has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property Law 2007-2016, Georgia Super Lawyers and Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite. Recently, Mr. Kirsch was selected to Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM’s) 2016 IAM Patent 1000 list of the world’s leading patent professionals.

Mr. Kirsch is a Partner and head of SGR’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice. He serves as patent and IP counsel to clients ranging from large multinational corporations to small start-ups, as well as universities. His practice encompasses the entire range of patent and IP law, including patent procurement, strategic patent portfolio development, patent opinions (infringement, validity and patentability), post-grant proceedings, licensing, trademarks, as well as patent litigation.

In addition to his full-time legal practice, Mr. Kirsch has served as an Adjunct Professor of patent law at Emory University School of Law since 1997 and as an Adjunct Professor of intellectual property law at Washington University School of Law (St. Louis) since 2011. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on various intellectual property topics, and has contributed chapters on patent law to two books. Mr. Kirsch serves on the Board and on the Executive Committee of Conexx: America Israel Business Connector, and is a past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Intellectual Property Law Section. He’s also been active in the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association, and is a past Chair of that section’s Patent Policy Committee.

About Best Lawyers

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. More than 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 6.7 million detailed evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on our lists.

About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s 200 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, construction and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, New York, Washington, D.C. and Frankfurt, Germany.

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