IP litigation superstar, Katie Bates, joins Meunier Carlin & Curfman LLC to further bolster the firm’s flourishing litigation practice. Formerly with AmLaw 100 firm King & Spalding, Katie brings a depth of experience in copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes to the firm, along with her growing practice in cybersecurity and privacy matters.  Katie’s ability to truly listen to her clients; cut to the heart of the matter; and skillfully communicate complex concepts and information to clients, juries, and courts has made her a trusted advisor―from the start of her career as a performance auditor, through her federal clerkships, and into private practice.

As a performance auditor, she advised senior officials of government-run programs on how to improve their internal controls and operations and on compliance with statutory and rules-based directives.  Following law school, Katie clerked for Judge Joel F. Dubina of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and earlier interned for Judge William S. Duffey of the Northern District of Georgia.  She has since litigated cases throughout the United States and established herself as a “go-to” attorney for clients involved in high-stakes intellectual property litigation matters.

“As our litigation work continued to increase, it became important for us to find someone of Katie’s caliber,” said managing partner, Drew Meunier. “Katie’s talent and expertise in IP litigation ensures our clients will receive the efficient, high quality IP services they’ve come to expect from our firm.”

In the first two months of 2016 alone, Meunier Carlin & Curfman has added three professionals to its team which now numbers 28 attorneys and agents.  In addition to Katie Bates, Don Prather Ph.D. joined the firm in early January as an associate, focusing on pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical patents. Brett Guenther Ph.D., former VP of Engineering at Centice, joined the firm this month from Charlotte.  Brett’s practice focuses on electrical and mechanical patents.

“2015 was an incredible year for our firm, which is confirmed by our growing ranks,” said Drew. “I’m delighted by our firm’s growth since our formation in 2010 and enthusiastic about our future prospects.”