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