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Bill Richardson Joins Baker & McKenzie Intellectual Property Practice

Toronto, Canada, December 1, 2010 – Baker & McKenzie LLP is pleased to announce the addition of William (“Bill”) Richardson as a partner in its Toronto office. Mr. Richardson is an experienced intellectual property lawyer especially in the pharmaceutical disputes area.

“Baker & McKenzie is dedicated to growing its global patent capabilities. We see the addition of Bill as a big step in the growth of our pharmaceutical patent litigation practice, and we are very excited about his addition,” said John Flaim, Chair of the Firm’s Global Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Mr. Richardson will be a member of both the Firm’s global intellectual property and pharmaceutical practice groups, which are comprised of several hundred attorneys located across key global business markets. His significant experience and reputation in the pharmaceutical industry and Canadian legal market will complement the Firm’s global platform and capabilities in these practice areas.

Mr. Richardson joins Baker & McKenzie after 25 years with a national Canadian law firm, where he developed an advocacy practice with a focus on pharmaceutical patent litigation. He has also represented clients from a variety of industries in other significant intellectual property and commercial disputes.

“Bill is a great lawyer with a truly global perspective. We are confident that his addition will be well-received by our many global pharmaceutical clients, and I look forward to working with Bill to further develop our capabilities in this key industry,” said Michael Wagner, head of the Firm’s Global Pharmaceutical & Healthcare group.

Mr. Richardson was recently recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada and in the 2009 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer in intellectual property law.

“We are delighted to have a lawyer of Bill’s caliber joining our Firm in this strategic practice area, and pleased to be able to expand the services we offer to clients within and beyond the Toronto market,” said Jim Holloway, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie in Toronto.
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About Baker & McKenzie

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 3,750 locally qualified lawyers and over 5,700 professional staff in 68 offices in 40 countries. Baker & McKenzie is known for having a deep understanding of the language and culture of business, an uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service. Baker & McKenzie’s global revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, were US$2.104 billion. Eduardo Leite is Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee. (www.bakermckenzie.com)

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