Rothwell Figg Adds Two Partners
Promotion of Two Associates Reflects Firm’s Growing Client Base
Washington, D.C. – October 9, 2007 – Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C., one of the nation’s top intellectual property law firms, announced today that it has elected Anne Sterba and Brian Tollefson to become Members of the firm, effective October 1st. These promotions bring the total number of partners to 19 – and will better enable Rothwell Figg to manage a growing roster of national and international clients and high-profile matters.
“We’re not looking to be the biggest IP law firm. Our objective is to be the best. We are a firm that is focused on wining cases and building long-term, strategic relationships with our clients,” said Rothwell Figg partner, Steven Lieberman. “In their time with us, Anne and Brian have consistently demonstrated their IP expertise, commitment to client service, and ability to assist our firm and its clients in reaching our shared goals. We’re thrilled to have them as part of our firm’s leadership.”
Rothwell Figg is currently involved in more than two dozen active IP litigations, representing companies such as Walgreen, Dow Jones, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Unverferth Manufacturing, and The New York Times. Rothwell, Figg is also committed to building and protecting the value of its clients’ patent and trademark portfolios; just this year, the Firm assisted clients in filing approximately 500 trademarks and 800 patents.
“Everything we do as a firm is governed by our clients’ goals. Obviously, this approach resonates with our clients because we continue to attract more and more new business,” said Martin Zoltick, a partner at Rothwell Figg. “To meet the demands of our clients, who must be able to count on the same team throughout the life of their matter, we need to ensure we have an adequate number of partners. Anne’s and Brian’s promotions enhance our ability to meet our clients’ every need.”
Anne Sterba has been with Rothwell Figg since September 2000, focusing her practice on advising clients on a wide variety of domestic and international trademark and copyright matters including unfair competition, false advertising, licensing prosecution and litigation. She represents a variety of clients, ranging from start-up businesses to large multi-national corporations in the areas of e-commerce, clothing, financial services, health care, computer technology, biotechnology, and the food and beverage industry. Ms. Sterba has been admitted to the District of Columbia and Virginia State Bars. She is a graduate of Westminister College with a B.A. in Political Science and received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
Mr. Tollefson joined Rothwell Figg in March 2003. He is a patent attorney with a specialty in electrical engineering and computer-related matters, concentrating on preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patent infringement litigation (both plaintiff and defense), patent opinions (freedom to operate, validity and patentability), software licensing, and related subjects. He also counsels clients on patent strategies, due diligence, portfolio development, and implementation of strategic intellectual property plans. Mr. Tollefson has been admitted to the District of Columbia and Maryland State Bars, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
About Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.
Based in Washington, D.C., Rothwell Figg is one of the nation’s top intellectual property law firms. The firm specializes in litigation, counseling, copyright, licensing and transactions, patent prosecution, trade dress, trademarks, and unfair competition. The firm’s national and international client list includes the Walt Disney Company, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, New York Times, Dow Jones, and Mylan Pharmaceuticals. The firm has handled a large number of complex and high-profile patent litigation cases before U.S. federal District Courts and Courts of Appeals, argued patent interference actions before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and handled Section 337 actions before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
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