United States: Announcing the Arrival of Natalie Hanlon Leh, Mindy V. Sooter and Benjamin S. Fernandez
Last Updated: April 7 2015

Natalie Hanlon Leh, Mindy V. Sooter and Benjamin S. Fernandez have joined WilmerHale's Denver office as partners in the Litigation/Controversy and Intellectual Property Departments. Their arrival continues the firm's expansion in the region, which began early in 2014 with the establishment of the firm's Denver office, led by former US Secretary of the Interior, US Senator and Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar and former Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks for the US Department of the Interior and US Attorney for the District of Colorado Thomas Strickland.

Ms. Hanlon Leh, Ms. Sooter and Mr. Fernandez bring with them nearly 50 years of combined experience working on IP matters, including prosecution and litigation, for clients in industries ranging from energy and natural resources to healthcare, life sciences, computer science, manufacturing and industrials, and telecommunications.

Ms. Hanlon Leh is a first-chair trial lawyer with substantial experience leading complex patent cases across a broad array of technologies. She also has significant background with trademark, copyright, trade dress and trade secret litigation. Ms. Hanlon Leh is consistently recognized as a leader in her field, earning recognition as a top-ranked practitioner by Chambers USA, as the Colorado Outstanding IP Litigator of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property, as the Power Book-Law Winner from the Denver Business Journal, and among the top lawyers as listed by Colorado Super Lawyers. She received her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her BS, cum laude, from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Ms. Sooter is a seasoned patent litigator with experience in electrical engineering, telecommunications and computer science. She has litigated in courts throughout the United States and at the US International Trade Commission. Ms. Sooter has received accolades from many outlets, including Intellectual Asset Management and Colorado Super Lawyers. She earned her JD from the University of Colorado Law School, Order of the Coif; her ME in telecommunications from the University of Colorado, Boulder; and her BS in electrical engineering, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.

Mr. Fernandez's practice is a combination of patent prosecution and portfolio management; due diligence, licenses, and freedom-to-operate advice; and patent litigation support. His work focuses on medical devices and consumer products, and on the mechanical, electrical, communications and software industries. Mr. Fernandez has practiced before the US Patent and Trademark Office for more than 10 years. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Intellectual Asset Management and Colorado Super Lawyers. Mr. Fernandez received his JD from the University of Colorado Law School and his BS in mechanical engineering, cum laude, from Colorado State University.

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