Jul 12, 2022

SGR’s Gregory Kirsch, Dr. Judy Jarecki-Black, and Michael Riesen Recognized on “IAM Patent 1000” List of World’s Leading Patent Professionals of 2022; SGR Recognized as a Leading Patent Firm in Georgia


ATLANTA (July 11, 2022) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce the Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys who have been recognized in the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals of 2022. Gregory Kirsch, Dr. Judy Jarecki-Black, and Michael Riesen are recognized for their work in patent prosecution (patent procurement). Additionally, SGR has been recognized as a firm for its patent work for the U.S. State of Georgia.

Mr. Kirsch is a Partner in and the Department Head of SGR’s IP Practice. His practice encompasses the entire range of patent law, including patent procurement, strategic patent portfolio development, patent opinions, post grant proceedings, licensing, as well as patent litigation. Mr. Kirsch’s honors also include Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite.

Dr. Jarecki-Black is Senior Counsel in SGR’s Atlanta IP Practice, where she leads SGR’s growing biotech/chemistry patent team. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Jarecki-Black is a seasoned and accomplished patent and IP attorney, including in both private and corporate practice. She has received a number of honors, including 2022’s Feather in Her Cap award in Animal Health; Chief Patent Counsel of the Year for Intellectual Property (ILO Global Counsel Awards); Intellectual Property Community Service Award (GSU College of Law, Atlanta Bar Association, and State Bar of Georgia), and the Pro Bono Award for community service (Atlanta Inn of Court).

Mr. Riesen is a Partner in the Firm’s Atlanta IP Practice and also serves as Co-chair of the Entertainment Practice and Executive Director of SGR Labs. As an IP attorney, a Solicitor (England and Wales), and a registered U.S. patent attorney, he is focused on creating solutions for his clients and providing the best client experience to ensure trust and results. Mr. Riesen’s work includes IP portfolio management and diligence, domestic and international patent prosecution, agreements, patent litigation, trademark prosecution, copyright management and licensing, technology transfer, regulatory compliance, and open source issues.

The IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals is a unique guide that identifies the top patent professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The IAM Patent 1000 shines a spotlight on the firms and individuals that are deemed outstanding in this pivotal area of practice. The guide has been compiled following an extensive research process. Over five months, IAM conducted 1,800 interviews with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. Individuals qualify for a listing in the IAM Patent 1000 when they receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market within which they operate. In those markets in which practitioners have narrowed the focus of their work, we have presented tables highlighting the leaders in the respective areas of prosecution, transactions and litigation. Only those individuals identified by market sources for their exceptional skill sets and profound insights into patent matters feature in the IAM Patent 1000.

To view the SGR profile and rankings, click HERE.

About Smith Gambrell Russell
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 270 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.

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