BOSTON (October 5, 2007) — McDermott Will & Emery is very pleased to announce that senior intellectual property trial lawyer Sarah Chapin Columbia has joined the Firm’s Intellectual Property, Media & Technology practice in the Boston office. Ms. Columbia will further enhance the Firm’s litigation and dispute resolution capabilities, and will serve as co-head of the Boston Intellectual Property Practice Group with partner Toby Kusmer.
Head of McDermott’s global Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department, commented, "Sarah is a world-class first chair IP trial lawyer and proven leader. I believe that Sarah’s arrival will propel McDermott to be the premier IP law firm in Boston."
Susan Cooke, head of the Firm’s Boston office, noted, "We are delighted to have Sarah join the Boston office and take on a leadership role given her accomplishments in the courtroom, as well as in growing and managing an intellectual property practice."
Ms. Columbia is a trial lawyer who brings to the Firm 20 years of practice focused primarily on intellectual property. She has been lead counsel in a number of bet-the-company IP litigation matters. Her work includes patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation, as well as counseling clients on overall intellectual property strategy.
She also has considerable experience in international and U.S. arbitration proceedings, and has represented clients in private arbitration proceedings under the rules and procedures of the International Chamber of Commerce, Swiss Chamber of Commerce, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), American Arbitration Association (AAA) and others. Ms. Columbia will now have the opportunity to work with McDermott’s International Dispute Resolution Practice Group with worldwide experience in arbitrations proceedings, including matters in Europe, South America and Asia.
Ms. Columbia, formerly chair of the Intellectual Property Department at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, has represented clients in a multitude of industries, including software, life sciences, medical device and materials. She has appeared in federal district courts throughout the country, and is admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal, First, Second and Ninth Circuits. She is also admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Additionally, Ms. Columbia participates in an array of community activities. She is an officer on the board of Family Service of Greater Boston and on the Executive Committee of the Boston Lawyers Group dedicated to increasing the number of attorneys of color in Boston area law firms and businesses, an active participant in the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. In addition, she is a member of the Boston Athenaeum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium and has previously served on the board of the Boy and Girls Club of Charlestown. She also participates in the Wesleyan University Alumni Association and Alumni Schools Committee.
Ms. Columbia earned her J.D. magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, her MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and her B.A. from Wesleyan University. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Patent Law Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
The Firm’s Boston office opened in 1981. It has more than 80 lawyers practicing in the areas of corporate and securities, employee benefits, energy services, environmental, estate planning, health law, intellectual property, international, labor and employment, litigation/dispute resolution, real estate, telecom and tax.
McDermott’s Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department includes more than 240 lawyers and patent agents working in all of McDermott’s offices throughout the world. The Firm is recognized for its trial and appellate experience, and is ranked as one of the strongest Intellectual Property litigation firms for both plaintiffs and defendants. McDermott’s practice in procurement and licensing in the patent, trademark and copyright areas is recognized for its depth and breadth. Rounding out McDermott’s intellectual property, media and technology services, the team provides client counseling and advice regarding trade secret, unfair competition, advertising, entertainment and computer law. Additionally, the Intellectual Property Department works closely with McDermott’s transactional and tax lawyers on the intersection of intellectual property and corporate issues.