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Brinks Announces Practice Group Chairs for 2013, Adds New Task Forces for Germany, Brazil
January 15, 2013

CHICAGO – Brinks Gilson & Lione has added four new attorneys as chairs of its firm-wide practice groups and formed two new task forces to focus on intellectual property legal services to clients in Germany and Brazil.

Appointees include Gary M. Ropski, immediate past-president of Brinks, who will head the firm’s new task force for Germany, Carl C. Charneski, formerly an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission, who will co-chair the firm’s International Trade practice group, Eric J. Sosenko, who will lead its Mechanical practice group, and Lawrence G. Almeda, who will chair the new task force for Brazil.

Brinks also reappointed 23 attorneys as chairs of existing firm-wide practice groups, The full list of Brinks’ 2013 practice group chairpersons follows:

Legal Practice Groups
Appellate—Jay H. Reiziss and Laura A. Lydigsen
Copyright—William H. Frankel
Intellectual Asset Management—Michael N. Spink
Interference—Marc V. Richards
International Patent—Michael E. Milz
International Trade—Laura Beth Miller and Carl C. Charneski
International Trademark—Mary M. Squyres
Licensing—Margaret A. Dobrowitsky
Litigation—Ralph J. Gabric
Trade Secret—Robert S. Mallin
U.S. Patent—Andrew D. Stover
U.S. Trademark — John T. Gabrielides

Industry Practice Groups
Biotech/Pharmaceuticals—Jeffry M. Nichols and William R. Boudreaux
Chemical, Energy and Agriculture—Allen R. Baum and Craig Buschmann
Electrical/Computer—John F. Nethery
Green Technology—Kelly K. Burris
Mechanical—Eric J. Sosenko
Medical Devices—Bradley G. Lane
Nanotechnology—Lawrence G. Almeda

Task Forces
Brazil—Lawrence G. Almeda
China—Gustavo Siller, Jr.
Germany—Gary M. Ropski
India—Nicholas G. de la Torre
Israel—William H. Frankel

Brinks Gilson & Lione
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