New York, January 3, 2011 -- Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, a leading intellectual property law firm, has announced the election of two partners and one counsel in the firm's New York and Washington, DC, offices. Susan A. Smith and Cynthia Lambert Hardman have been named to the partnership. Aimee N. Soucie rejoined Kenyon in 2010 as Counsel after serving a two year term at the International Trade Commission (ITC) as an Attorney-Advisor to the Administrative Law Judges.
“We are proud to advance this talented group of attorneys,” Managing Partner Michael D. Loughnane said. “They have each contributed to the firm significantly and bring unique technical and industry expertise to the table, covering a wide range of intellectual property areas. They are an embodiment of the firm’s commitment to helping our clients succeed and their collective contributions will strengthen our position as a leader in intellectual property law.”
Susan A. Smith, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office, has been practicing intellectual property law for over 16 years. Ms. Smith has successfully represented firm clients in intellectual property matters involving core technologies, innovations and brands. As counsel to Walmart, Apple Inc., Mercedes-Benz USA, Volkswagen Group, Audi AG, Home Shopping Network, and the Tampa Bay Rays, Ms. Smith regularly advises some of the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies on matters relating to intellectual property litigation and trademark prosecution. Her litigation practice focuses primarily on patent and trademark actions in federal courts. She also counsels clients in the availability and protection of trademarks, as well as the enforcement of trademark rights before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Additionally, she manages clients’ worldwide trademark portfolios, working with foreign counsel to protect and enforce trademark rights abroad. She earned her B.A. from Brown University and her J.D. from Washington University. Prior to being named partner, Ms. Smith was counsel to the firm.
Cynthia Lambert Hardman, based in the firm’s New York office, has a decade of experience handling intellectual property litigation and counseling matters. Her practice concentrates on patent litigation, patent-related opinions, and due diligence. She also has experience in trademark and copyright litigation. As counsel to two of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., and Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Ms. Hardman has specialized knowledge in the field of life sciences, specifically pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products. She also has extensive experience in Hatch-Waxman ANDA cases, relating to competition among brand name and generic pharmaceutical companies. She earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, where she was a recipient of the Chancellor’s 1996 Undergraduate Research Award. She earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2001, where she was an articles editor for the Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law. Prior to being named partner, Ms. Hardman was an associate at the firm.
Aimee N. Soucie, based in the firm’s Washington, DC office, focuses her practice on patent litigation, with an emphasis in the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical and biological arts. While an Attorney-Advisor at the International Trade Commission (ITC), Ms. Soucie enhanced her considerable experience in patent litigation by gaining an insider’s understanding of the Commission’s culture, as well as in-depth knowledge of the complexities of Section 337 ITC actions. Currently, Ms. Soucie is involved in many of the firm’s ITC investigations, bringing her unique experience to bear. She has also been involved with other patent and trade secret litigation before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and various district courts. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College in 1999, and her J.D. from Cornell University in 2002. Prior to her term at the ITC, Ms. Soucie was an associate at the firm.
About Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Kenyon & Kenyon is consistently ranked by peers and in-house counsel as one of the top firms for intellectual property law. Since its founding in 1879, the firm has provided its worldwide clientele with litigation, prosecution, licensing and counseling services. Large and small enterprises and individuals choose Kenyon to design and implement intellectual property strategies when it matters most. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, and Silicon Valley.
Kenyon is strongly committed to fostering an environment that promotes equality. The firm is ranked by Law360 as being among the top quarter of the 100 law firms with the highest concentration of female partners. In addition, Minority Law Journal’s Diversity Scorecard placed the firm in the top 6% of the largest firms in the US, and Managing Intellectual Property recognized the firm with their 2010 “Strength in Diversity” award. The firm’s commitment to diversity has also been recognized by DiversityBusiness.com.