Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that prominent patent litigator Colleen Tracy has joined the firm in New York as a partner in the Intellectual Property practice. Previously, she was a partner at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto and served as that firm’s first female managing partner.

Ms. Tracy has extensive experience in all aspects of complex patent litigation in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biological, and biotechnological fields, representing industry leaders in litigations involving pharmaceutical compounds and compositions. Ms. Tracy also has extensive experience in litigating Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) cases brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Additionally, Ms. Tracy has conducted IP due diligence and has provided licensing and IP counsel to clients.

“Colleen’s significant successful first-chair trial experience for pharmaceutical and life sciences clients will bring additional depth and breadth to the firm’s growing IP practice,” said John Mancini, co-leader of the firm’s global Intellectual Property practice. “This is another exciting step in the strategic expansion of our global IP practice to better serve our clients in complex and high-stakes disputes.” Most recently, an 11-lawyer team led by partner Jamie Beaber joined the firm’s IP practice in DC and Chicago.

“Joining Mayer Brown was a natural next step for me in my career, given the firm’s strong capabilities in the life sciences arena and its commitment to growing its IP practice,” Ms. Tracy said. “I am thrilled to be part of such an accomplished and skilled group of IP professionals.”

Ms. Tracy is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in IP litigation. In 2014 she was honored as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property. Previously, she was selected as an IP “Rising Star” by Law360 for her work fending off “generic challengers’ attempts to break patents for cutting-edge drugs and biotech treatments held by big-name clients” and was named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

“Colleen’s impressive and widely acknowledged acumen in patent litigation will complement our existing robust global IP practice and provide significant value to our clients here and across our global network,” said Richard Spehr, Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office.

As an active member of her community, Ms. Tracy is affiliated with several bar associations and industry organizations. Notably, she is on the board of advisors for the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology.

Ms. Tracy holds a JD from Seton Hall University and a BS in biology, cum laude, from Manhattan College.

Innovators at global multinationals, emerging growth companies and established mid-sized businesses all rely on Mayer Brown’s multi-disciplinary, full-service global IP practice to help protect, preserve and enforce their intellectual property assets. The practice has grown rapidly during the past three years—nearly doubling in size to approximately 100 lawyers in more than eight offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.