15 June 2009 - Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, today announced that Dennis Mondolino, Lisa Ferri, and Brian Nolan have joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice in the New York office.  Both Mr. Mondolino and Ms. Ferri join the firm as partners and Mr. Nolan as a counsel.  All come to Mayer Brown from McDermott, Will & Emery and have practiced together for many years.

The group has significant IP litigation experience which includes both bench and jury trials in a wide array of technologies and industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, computer, electronics, and consumer and industrial products. They have also built a premier practice over the last 15 years in the area of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation, representing a number of the world's major branded pharmaceutical companies.

“Dennis, Lisa and Brian’s proven track record in patent litigation and their experience in the federal courts and with the International Trade Commission will further enhance our strong New York litigation practice,” said Joseph A. Mahoney, co-firmwide practice leader for Mayer Brown’s IP practice. “Their deep understanding and broad knowledge of a wide array of IP issues, including the Hatch-Waxman Act, will be a significant asset to our clients worldwide.”

  “Mayer Brown’s longstanding representation of innovators provides us an excellent opportunity to further develop our practice on a global scale,” said Mr. Mondolino.  “We look forward to working with others to grow the group and expand the service offerings that we can provide to the firm’s client base.”

Mr. Mondolino, has more than 25 years of experience across a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, personal health care, specialty chemicals and engineering materials, industrial machinery and products, agribusiness, home and industrial building products and computer hardware.  He has participated in more than 100 patent disputes and has tried more than two dozen patent-related cases as lead trial counsel, with numerous cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Second Circuit and the Third Circuit as well as the International Trade Commission.  Mr. Mondolino specializes in defending major pharmaceutical companies in complex patent and licensing disputes. Recently he was responsible for the successful defense of multiple major drug patents for a multi-national pharmaceutical company.

Ms. Ferri focuses her practice on the litigation and trial of patent and other intellectual property matters, including trademark, unfair competition and trade secret, with particular emphasis in the life sciences field.  For over 15 years, she has acted as trial counsel for a variety of pharmaceutical and technology clients before the federal district courts, courts of appeal and the International Trade Commission. Ms. Ferri's life sciences practice focuses on representing innovator pharmaceutical companies in cases brought pursuant to the Hatch-Waxman statute, including the life cycle management of drug products. She has successfully represented innovators in more than 20 such challenges. Ms. Ferri is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences on patent litigation and procedure.

Mr. Nolan has substantial experience litigating patent and other complex intellectual property matters.  He has been involved in numerous bench and jury trials, including several dealing with the Hatch-Waxman statute.  These proceedings covered a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, receptor pharmacology, medical devices, biotechnology, medical imaging technology, crystal growth, semiconductors, laser diodes, building products and computer storage systems.  He also focuses his practice on client counseling regarding the protection and enforcement of patent portfolios.  Mr. Nolan serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University where he teaches Patent Litigation.

Mr. Mondolino received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.  Ms. Ferri graduated from the University of Virginia and received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. Mr. Nolan received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Lehigh University, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.