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Bracewell & Giuliani Assembles Full-Service Trademark Practice in Seattle

March 1, 2011

SEATTLE — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Partner Erin S. Hennessy, formerly of K&L Gates LLP, and Associate Matt Schneller, formerly of Perkins Coie, have joined the firm's Seattle  intellectual property group.

Hennessy and Schneller focus on trademark transactional matters and will join trademark enforcement and litigation colleagues John "Rocky" Rawls and Valyncia R. Simmons in Seattle.

“Erin and Matt round out our full-service trademark practice here in Seattle,” said Seattle Managing Partner Paul W. Fox. "They bring transactional capacity to our strong trademark litigation bench led by Rocky and Valyncia - a team approach which we believe is very well suited not only to this market, but to meeting the needs of our IP clients firm-wide," added Fox.

Erin S. Hennessy focuses on trademark law with an emphasis on the media and telecommunications industries. Hennessy has handled worldwide trademark matters including trademark counseling, clearance, registration, protection and enforcement; domain name and internet issues, licensing, and transactional work. She has worked on various policy issues such as the launch of the new gtlds, trademark dilution, domain name tasting, cyber-squatting, keyword advertising, and spyware. Hennessy is a former assistant general counsel and chief trademark counsel for Time Warner Inc., where she served as lead trademark counsel on major corporate transactions such as the $9.6 billion spin-off of Time Warner Cable from Time Warner Inc. and the $2.6 billion divestiture of Warner Music Group. Hennessy recently served on the board of directors of the International Trademark Association ("INTA") and is currently a member of INTA's New gtld Subcommittee, as well as the American Bar Association’s Trademark Litigation Committee and the Board of Editors for The Intellectual Property Strategist.

Matt Schneller focuses on matters related to trademarks, domain names and copyright prosecution and enforcement in the U.S. and internationally. Schneller assists clients with selecting, clearing, registering, and licensing trademarks and copyrights. He has experience with apparel companies, financial service firms, major software companies, Internet media companies, and pharmaceutical companies. Schneller has particular experience with domain name registration, transfer, and enforcement. He has counseled companies from startups to Fortune 500 firms on developing comprehensive registration and proactive brand protection strategies, has advised clients on launches of top-level domain name spaces, and has assisted firms in expanding to country-specific domain name extensions.

Bracewell opened the Seattle office in July 2010 to better serve its long-standing and growing client base in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, particularly in the areas of energy, intellectual property, litigation, and tax. The office has now grown to 12 attorneys.