Cooley Godward Appoints Steve Swinton to Chair of IP Litigation Practice

Jun 15, 2004, 01:00 ET from Cooley Godward LLP

    SAN DIEGO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cooley Godward is pleased to announce
 that Steve Swinton has been named chair of the Firm's Intellectual Property
 Litigation practice. As chair, Mr. Swinton will work closely with colleagues
 Frank Pietrantonio, chair of the Patent Counseling & Prosecution practice, and
 Anne Peck, chair of the Trademark, Copyright & Advertising practice.
     "Steve is an experienced trial lawyer who has achieved many successful
 results for clients over the years and who has garnered an excellent
 reputation in the intellectual property field as well as the utmost respect of
 his colleagues at Cooley," said Janet Cullum, chair of the Firm's Litigation
 department.  "Steve has tremendous leadership qualities and a deep commitment
 to team work which enables him to bring together resources across our firm to
 provide our clients with the highest quality strategic advice and
 representation in litigation."
     A 10-year veteran of Cooley Godward and a resident in the Firm's San Diego
 office, Mr. Swinton is an accomplished IP trial lawyer who has tried to
 verdict numerous patent, copyright and trade secret cases across the country.
 He is a member of the patent bar and has represented clients across a wide
 array of industries, including electronics, telecommunications, software,
 pharmaceutical and biotechnology. He has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in
 America" every year since 1993.
     Mr. Swinton graduated second in his law school class, receiving his J.D.,
 with honors, from Drake University Law School in 1982. He was admitted to the
 State Bar of California later that year. While in law school, he was elected
 to the Order of the Coif and was an active member of the Moot Court Board and
 law review. Mr. Swinton also served as an extern to the Hon. Roy L.
 Stephenson, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.
     He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Operations from
 Iowa State University in 1973. After graduation, Mr. Swinton served with
 distinction as a Surface Line Officer (Surface Warfare Specialist) in the
 United States Navy. Following his service in the Navy, Mr. Swinton worked as a
 process and manufacturing engineer with Procter & Gamble.
     In addition, Mr. Swinton has served as a faculty member for the National
 Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). He has also been active in various bar
 associations, particularly in the field of legal ethics, having served as a
 member of the California State Bar Association Committee on Professional
 Responsibility and Conduct ("COPRAC").

SOURCE Cooley Godward LLP