Andrews Kurth Adds Appellate and Intellectual Property Litigator Matthew J. Dowd in Washington, DC
Jun 16, 2015, 01:48 ET
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce that noted appellate and litigation attorney Matthew J. Dowd has joined the firm as a partner in Washington, D.C.
"Matt is a talented attorney who we are excited to welcome to the firm," says Bob Jewell, Managing Partner of Andrews Kurth. "The addition of an attorney with his experience provides us with the expanded abilities to assist our commercial litigation and patent clients throughout the appeals process, both at the state and federal level."
Mr. Dowd represents clients in intellectual property and commercial litigation. He has argued ten Federal Circuit appeals and briefed numerous others. He argued the first Covered Business Method Review filed by a major U.S. bank at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the related appeal of the district court stay at the Federal Circuit.
"Matt provides exceptional expertise in appeals before the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court and the PTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which will significantly enhance the representation we offer to clients," says Jeff Dodd, who leads the global intellectual property and technology practice at Andrews Kurth.
In 2013, Mr. Dowd represented Nobel Laureate Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, in filing an amicus brief before the Supreme Court addressing the patentability of human genes in the landmark case Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. His clients include pharmaceutical companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation, biotechnology companies in patent interference proceedings and financial institutions in patent infringement matters. He has an active practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
"I could not pass on the chance to join Andrews Kurth," Mr. Dowd says. "The firm has some of the nation's very best lawyers, as well as a growing IP practice. I look forward to expanding Andrews Kurth's practice in patent litigation and appeals before the Federal Circuit."
Mr. Dowd also devotes substantial time to his pro bono practice, handling several notable matters. He is representing the Meitiv family in the "free range children" case that has gained national coverage. His other pro bono work includes representing a World War II veteran seeking benefits for injuries sustained during combat in France in 1944, representing a Roman Catholic priest in First Amendment litigation concerning the Ground Zero Cross at the National 9/11 Museum, and successfully briefing and arguing a landmark case before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board involving employment issues of U.S. Postal Service employees.
Prior to joining Andrews Kurth, Mr. Dowd was a partner at Wiley Rein. He earned his law degree from George Washington University School of Law, graduating with high honors and Order of the Coif while working full-time at Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox. He has earned numerous awards for his work and writing, including Pro Bono Leadership Awards from the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the 2011 Burton Legal Writing Award for an article on biosimilar legislation and the 2007 and 2008 Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Writing Competition.
About Andrews Kurth
Since 1902, Andrews Kurth has built its practice on the belief that "straight talk is good business." Real answers, clear vision and mutual respect define the firm's relationships with clients, colleagues, communities and employees. With more than 400 lawyers across 10 offices worldwide, Andrews Kurth represents a wide array of clients in multiple industries. For more information about Andrews Kurth, please visit andrewskurth.com.
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