LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2005) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce the addition of two new lawyers to its California Intellectual Property, Media & Technology practice. Jessica Cullen Smith joined the Firm as a partner in the Los Angeles office on Monday, June 6, and Karen Laub joined the Firm as employee counsel in the Orange County office on Monday, June 13.
Ms. Smith focuses her practice on transactional matters for media and entertainment companies including M&A and financing matters. Ms. Laub will continue to represent high- technology companies in transactional matters, including advising on patent procurement, infringement and validity matters as well as drafting and negotiating chip development, licensing, supply and distribution agreements. Ms. Smith's experience includes work on the acquisition of television stations, the acquisition, sale and distribution of cable channels, the creation of international joint ventures for the distribution of sports programming, financing arrangements for media companies and the acquisition, sale and licensing of various media properties.
"With Jessica's entertainment transactional experience she will play an important role advising our current entertainment clients," commented Jorge Arciniega, head of the Firm's Los Angeles Intellectual Property, Media & Technology practice. "Jessica's addition will help to expand and further develop our entertainment practice in Los Angeles and Firm-wide."
Ms. Laub's practice includes the litigation of complex patent, copyright and trade secret cases from initial case development to trial. In addition, she served as patent counsel/general counsel for Sierra Monolithics, a leading chip company for telecommunication and wireless devices. Additionally, her experience in the high-technology field spans beyond the law, working for over six years at Hughes Research Laboratories utilizing her extensive technical experience to help build multimillion dollar signal processing computers for aircraft.
"Karen's practical experience and her legal background are a great fit for our practice," commented Fay Morisseau, partner-in-charge of the Orange County office. "Our high-technology clients will greatly benefit from the experience Karen brings to the Firm."
Ms. Smith earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. from Vassar College. She is admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts. Ms. Laub earned her J.D. cum laude from Loyola Law School and is admitted to practice in California. Ms. Laub earned her M.S.E.E. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S.E.E. summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles.
McDermott Will & Emery's Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department includes more than 175 lawyers and patent agents working in all of our offices throughout the world. We are renowned for our trial and appellate experience, and are ranked as one of the strongest IP litigation firms for both plaintiffs and defendants.