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Courtroom victories bring Heller Ehrman national ranking

When it comes to winning intellectual property trials, few law firms rival Heller Ehrman's IP Litigation Practice Group. In San Diego, the firm has 25 top IP litigators, including senior litigators David Kleinfeld, John Benassi and Alan Blankenheimer, who represent Fortune 500 clients as well as earlier stage technology companies.

In the past four years, Heller Ehrman has represented clients in 12 patent jury trials around the country and has not lost one. In 2005, the firm scored a 9 - 0 victory before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of client Merck KGaA in Merck KGaA v. Integra Life Sciences. It was a case considered by many to be the "most significant patent infringement case to confront the biotech and pharmaceutical industries in a generation."

In January 2006 Heller Ehrman was named one of the Top IP Litigation Departments in the country by The American Lawyer magazine following stiff competition among 120 firms that took four teams of editors and reporters more than four months to analyze and evaluate.

"Our IP litigators in San Diego and nationally are part of an unusually deep talent pool," said office managing shareholder Richard Parker. "In addition to their law degrees, many of them hold advanced scientific degrees, including doctorates in technology and life science disciplines. It's a unique skill set that adds a huge amount of value in the courtroom."

Nationally, Heller Ehrman's reputation for handling leading-edge life science and high-tech industry corporate work and complex litigation has earned it a coveted spot on American Lawyer's "A-List" ranking as one of the top 20 law firms in the country. It's an honor the firm has attained every year since the "A-List" was developed in 2003.

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