Jake Brown Husch Blackwell Meghan Brennan Husch BlackwellWorking with startups recently inspired two Husch Blackwell attorneys to develop an innovation solution of their own. In 2018, Husch Blackwell hosted its first firmwide Legal Innovation Challenge. Approximately 20 teams submitted ideas and went through a rigorous selection process.

Associates Meghan Brennan and Jake Brown work with a variety of clients, including startups. When they came together for Husch Blackwell’s Legal Innovation Challenge, they found a mutual interest in streamlining the initial intake process for startup clients. Together they envisioned a diagnostic tool to assess the legal needs of growing companies. Clients can complete a quick 10-minute questionnaire that will help the attorney develop a road map for company growth and future legal needs. Continue Reading Startups Drive Firm Innovation

Husch Blackwell’s Jeff Simon, Nathan Oleen and Ed Wilson have been named to the 2018 Kansas City Techweek 100. Techweek is an annual event bringing together entrepreneurs, visionaries, and thought leaders in an effort to build a better world through tech entrepreneurship. During Techweek Kansas City, national industry leaders speaking on a variety of subjects including venture capital, virtual reality and augmented reality, IoT/smart cities and crypto currency/blockchain. TechWeek Kansas City also brings together educational and networking opportunities, speaker panels, interactive workshops, a hiring fair, nationally recognized keynote speakers and an expanded expo with over 100 booths. Techweek organizers said the Techweek100  list is a “celebration of fast-growing companies, prominent investors, key enablers of the digital ecosystem, creators of new technologies, and other innovators that make important contributions to their field.”

The Techweek 100 list recognizes leaders who significantly contribute to the business and technology landscape in Kansas City. Jeff Simon was named an Ambassador, considered to be “founders, influencers, and prominent voices who act as positive representatives for the tech community.” Nathan Oleen and Ed Wilson were named Cultivators, representatives of “organizations that support and enable the tech ecosystem.” Techweek Kansas City 2018 is scheduled for October 8-12.

Anthony GriceAnthony Grice, a Labor & Employment associate in the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation group, was honored by the National Bar Association (NBA) with the “40 Under 40 Best Advocate” award at a gala July 18, 2016 in St. Louis.

The NBA 40 Under 40 awards recognize lawyers under age 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement and community involvement. Grice devotes his practice to employment and human resources issues and is a member of the firm’s Cortex team that assists technology and manufacturing start-ups with various employment needs. He was honored with other “40 Under 40” recipients during the NBA’s 91st Annual Convention in St. Louis.

Husch Blackwell partner Mark Stallion is interviewed in this week’s People Behind the Innovation podcast. This podcast was created by the St. Louis Venture Café to feature guests connected to the St. Louis innovation community. Travis Sheridan, Executive Director of the Venture Café, interviews Mark about his history as an engineer, his journey to becoming an attorney and how Mark is connected to today’s technology.

The podcast also highlights the Husch Blackwell Cortex team and how working in an innovation community has required creative thinking from the attorneys who work with entrepreneurs.

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Click here for more information regarding Husch Blackwell’s Cortex team.

SubpoenaHusch Blackwell Partner Edward Manzo, of the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing and Transportation group, recently obtained one of the first approved subpoenas by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to take third-party testimony in a patent trial (Luv N’ Care Ltd. V Munchkin, Inc.).

“It’s very rare for the PTAB to allow any third-party discovery. By statute, the Board has to deliver its Final Decision within one year, and it reserves the last three months for writing its opinion, leaving only nine months from institution to final oral argument. This is a very fast track administrative trial of patent validity,” Manzo said. “Because of this mandated speed, there’s virtually no discovery, no interrogatories, no requests to produce, etc. You get to take the deposition of your opponent’s testifying expert, and that’s about it. Otherwise, you couldn’t finish in the required one year. In this particular case, the Board allowed us to take a very focused deposition of a third party.”

Manzo is part of the firm’s Patents team. See the full report as published in the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Edward ManzoHusch Blackwell partner Edward Manzo is scheduled to present as part of The Federal Circuit Bar Journal’s “Interviews With The Authors” series. Edward will discuss his article The Untold Story of the First Appeal to the Federal Circuit and his personal connection with appeal no. 83-500, the first appeal to the Federal Circuit from a district court, filed on October 1, 1982, the first day of the Federal Circuit’s existence.

Continue Reading Presentation: The Untold Story of the First Appeal to the Federal Circuit

A definitive guide to legal excellence, the peer-review publication Best Lawyers released its rankings for 2016. This year, 109 Husch Blackwell attorneys were selected as “Best Lawyers in America” in an exhaustive peer-review evaluation, each in their respective fields. Best Lawyers also named 11 Husch Blackwell attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year.”

With a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area distinguished as the “Lawyer of the Year,” this honor is particularly significant.

The Husch Blackwell 2016 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry group include:

  • Sam Digirolamo  — Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Jeff Haughey — Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation

Congratulations, Sam and Jeff.

manzo_edwardThe Burton Awards selected Husch Blackwell partner Edward D. Manzo as a recipient of their 2015 Distinguished Legal Writing Award. Edward was honored for his article “The Impact of the America Invents Act on Trade Secrets.” Manzo’s article was one of 35 papers chosen for the Burton Award from entries submitted by the nation’s 1,000 most prestigious and largest law firms.

See the press release for more information about The Burton Awards and a full list of winners.