Four Mayer Brown Intellectual Property partners – Lisa Ferri (New York), Sharon Israel (Houston), Colleen Tracy James (New York) and Gabriela Kennedy (Hong Kong) – have been recognized in Managing Intellectual Property’s “IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP,” a list of leading women intellectual property lawyers globally.

Ms. Ferri, who has been named to the list each year since its inception in 2013, leads the firm’s Intellectual Property practice in New York. She focuses on patent and other complex intellectual property litigation, particularly in the life sciences industry. Ms. Ferri’s experience spans a broad range of therapeutic areas and technologies, and she serves as lead counsel for high-profile companies in federal trial and appellate courts, the US Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Commission. She also is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law in New York, where she teaches patent litigation.

Ms. Israel, who is a former president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, focuses her practice on patent litigation and client counseling. She has acted as counsel in cases before district and appellate courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission. Ms. Israel has litigated patents relating to a variety of technologies, from cellular communications systems to oilfield equipment to chemical compositions and medical devices. She is also a member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice.

Ms. James focuses her practice on the litigation of patent and other complex intellectual property matters, with particular emphasis in life sciences disputes. Representing high-profile companies in federal courts across the country, Ms. James has extensive experience and has served as lead counsel in litigating Abbreviated New Drug Application cases brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Ms. Kennedy heads the Intellectual Property team in Asia and is co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Intellectual Property practice. Her practice spans the full spectrum of intellectual property work, from litigation to licensing, strategic advice and portfolio management. She also advises extensively on technology and data protection issues in Hong Kong and throughout Asia, particularly in relation to business processing outsourcing, the cross-border transfer of data, data compliance and data breaches.