By: Jeff Rothenberg

As our firm celebrates its 40th anniversary, we are proud to have earned the confidence of our clients over these four decades by providing knowledgeable advice and exceptional service. Special congratulations to Bob Heslin, the founder, and still an active member of the firm. We have much to celebrate, and I am pleased to share this update on recent activities and achievements within the firm.

From humble beginnings, we have evolved into a world class Intellectual Property law firm with a sophisticated, international practice and a cadre of exceptionally talented professionals and support staff. We are pleased that, in recent months, David Miranda became Secretary of the New York State Bar Association, Brett Hutton – our youngest shareholder – was honored with a “Forty Under 40” award by the Capital Region Business Review recognizing his business accomplishments and community involvement, John Boger, chair of our Medical Products IP group, became the newest Member of our firm, and Kellie Fredericks took office as the new president of the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association (ENYIPLA).

New York Super Lawyers magazine highlighted five partners of our firm in 2010. Nick Mesiti and Jeff Rothenberg were listed under the intellectual property law heading, while Susan Farley, David Miranda and Brett Hutton were acclaimed as intellectual property litigators. Of all upstate New York law firms, we enjoyed the highest number of attorneys recognized in the IP categories. The New York Super Lawyers represents the top five percent of attorneys in the State of New York, as chosen by their peers from nominations and a panel of lawyers selected by the editors of Law & Politics Media, Inc.

A special welcome to Annette Kahler who recently became “of Counsel” to our firm and is the new editor of our Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. Annette was formerly Director of the Center for Law & Innovation and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School. Her practice will focus on worldwide intellectual property protection, enforcement, and management, technology licensing, university technology transfer, and the intellectual property aspects of business planning and strategy. Annette is also a leading expert and frequent lecturer on women’s innovation and was recently named the head of a new special committee for the IP Section of the NYSBA to study diversity in the section.

We are proud of all that we have accomplished this year, and during the last 40 years, and eagerly look forward to continuing to bring value to our clients in the future.