United States: Pillsbury Winthrop Unveils 2005 Class of New Partners
Last Updated: November 22 2004

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.-- Pillsbury Winthrop LLP reports the promotion of twelve attorneys to partnership within the firm, effective January 1, 2005. The new partners and their respective office locations are: Shinya Akiyama (New York), Richard L. Blaylock (San Diego-North County), Craig J. Bristol (San Francisco), Thomas A. Cawley, Jr. PhD (Northern Virginia), Bryan P. Collins (Northern Virginia), Darren K. Cottriel (Orange County), Devin Rainey Cuyler (San Francisco), Mark J. Danielson (Silicon Valley), Christopher M. Forrester (San Diego-North County), Stewart S. Harrison (Los Angeles), Kimberly A. McDonnell (San Diego-North County), and Mark Andrew Romeo (Orange County).

"The 2005 roster of new partners represents an impressive array of talent. As a group, they have critical technical degrees, diverse backgrounds, and exceptional legal skills, and are, not surprisingly, seen as indispensable by our clients," says Firm Chair Mary Cranston. "We are especially pleased to have so many of the Firm's offices and practice areas represented in the new partner class," notes Executive Vice Chair Dave Snyder.

Shinya Akiyma (New York) focuses on finance and corporate and securities and represents Japanese companies in U.S. transactions where his work involves the formation of business entities, equity investments, joint ventures and the acquisition and divestiture of equity interest and assets. He also assists clients with various financial transactions and employment law. Akiyama received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Keio University Department of Law, Japan.

Richard L. Blaylock (San Diego-North County) represents and counsels clients throughout the nation on intellectual property litigation and offers strategic client counseling for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, novel materials, construction technology, pollution control, photography and automotive industries among others. He acquired a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.E.M. from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.S. from Yale College in Chemistry and is admitted to practice in California, New York and Florida.

Craig J. Bristol (San Francisco) is an intellectual property and business attorney with a practice focus on intellectual property counseling and dispute resolution, and an emphasis on intellectual property portfolio management. He deals with high technology legal issues in the context of disputes, as well as in licensing and other business and commercial transactions, in industries such as computer hardware and software, electronics, telecommunications, and semiconductors. Prior to entering law school, Bristol spent ten years in a variety of engineering, marketing and sales positions in the computer hardware, software and telecommunications industries. He gained his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law, and a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Dr. Thomas A. Cawley, Jr. (Northern Virginia) works in the intellectual property counseling group where he specializes in biotechnology patent prosecution, opinion work, and client counseling. He is experienced with matters of gene therapy, transgenic animals, genomics, antibody technologies, screening methods for the identification of novel drug candidates, cancer therapy, and methods and compositions for the treatment of a variety of neurological conditions. Cawley received his J.D. at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, a doctorate from Hahnemann University School of Medicine and Graduate School in Philadelphia, and a B.S. in both Biology and Political Science from the University of Scranton.

Bryan P. Collins (Northern Virginia) provides intellectual property counsel, litigation, prosecution and transactional services to a wide range of clients seeking to strengthen their patent position in the marketplace. He has represented companies in the industries of medical devices, automotive systems, complex electro-mechanical systems, mining technology, and computer controlled processing systems. His prior background as a mechanical engineer provides him with additional insight into the needs of his clients. Collins received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Darren K. Cottriel's (Orange County) practice focus is on litigation and pre-litigation disputes for corporations, financial institutions, partnerships and limited liability companies covering a wide range of services. These include business, commercial and contract disputes, real estate and escrow disputes, creditors rights enforcement and copyright infringement disputes. Cottriel was awarded his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a B.A. from Vanguard University.

Devin Rainey Cuyler (San Francisco) practices intellectual property and technology law with an emphasis on transactional work and dispute resolution in transactions. Cuyler represents and counsels clients ranging from emerging growth to Fortune 500 companies on issues such as the acquisition, development and commercialization of technology and on complex, global transactions such as outsourcing, licensing, sales, and distribution arrangements. Cuyler received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, and both a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of South Florida.

Mark J. Danielson (Silicon Valley) practices intellectual property law with special attention on patent, trademark and unfair competition litigation and patent prosecution matters. Danielson's patent experience spans a broad range of technologies including internet applications and infrastructures, semiconductor devises and fabrication, computer networks systems and software, microprocessors and architectures, signal processing and data communications. Complementing his legal experience is a nine-year background in the high-tech industry as an engineer. Danielson received a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, and a M.S. and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.

Christopher M. Forrester's (San Diego-North County) practice serves clients in matters of corporate securities and technology. He represents issuers and underwriters with venture capital financing, private placements of debt and equity securities, and registered offerings and general business transactions such as licensing, employment agreements, stock option agreements, real estate contracts and general corporate matters. Forrester received a L.L.M in securities and finance regulation from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a B.A. from St. Mary's College.

Stewart S. Harrison's (Los Angeles) litigation practice is focused in the areas of insurance coverage disputes and general civil litigation. He represents corporate policyholders in coverage litigation, complex claims analysis, negotiations, and general counseling, and has recovered more than $300 million in insurance settlements on behalf of his clients. Harrison was awarded a J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Kimberly A. McDonnell (San Diego-North County), a former engineer in the area of nuclear power plant construction and start up, focuses her practice on anti-trust, complex commercial and technology litigation, and product liability. She has defended several significant unfair competition class actions and other litigation matters for large corporate clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, chemicals and engineering industries. She gained her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. in construction engineering from Iowa State University.

Mark Andrew Romeo (Orange County) is a litigation attorney and assists clients with employment and labor-related matters such as race, sex, disability, and wage and hour matters before all California state and federal courts as well as various administrative agencies. He has successfully represented large clients in Title III suits and in matters arising under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Romeo received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a B.S. in finance from the University of Southern California.

About Pillsbury Winthrop LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop LLP is an international law firm with core practice areas in capital markets, real estate, financial services, litigation, intellectual property, global energy and technology. The firm has 16 offices worldwide. For further information, please visit www.pillsburywinthrop.com

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