Technology Attorney John W. Kepler in St. Louis and Patent Attorney Ca…

Technology Attorney John W. Kepler in St. Louis and Patent Attorney Cathy Futrowsky in Washington, D.C. Join the Firm

December 5 2005, St. Louis, Missouri – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The law firm of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman continues to grow in 2005 with the addition of John W. Kepler III, a respected intellectual property attorney whose practice focuses on Intellectual Asset Management (IAM). Mr. Kepler joined the law firm’s Intellectual Property Group in St. Louis effective last week.

Mr. Kepler’s IAM practice focuses on a fast-growing area of intellectual property and technology law that assists clients with identification, procurement, transfer and protection of brands, inventions and other original creative works. He formerly was a shareholder at the law firm of Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus in St. Louis.

Cathy J. Futrowsky, an intellectual property attorney who works closely with Mr. Kepler, also joined Gallop, Johnson & Neuman this week. Ms. Futrowsky’s practice is based in Washington, D.C. and she will continue working there. She was formerly an attorney with Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus. Sherry Roussin, a paralegal who works with Mr. Kepler and Ms. Futrowsky, also joined the firm.

Thomas J. Campbell, managing partner at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, said, “We are extremely pleased that John, Cathy and Sherry have joined our firm as we continue to expand our practice area strengths for clients in business, industry and the professions.

“Our clients require more intellectual property services in today’s technology-driven business environment,” Mr. Campbell added. “John and Cathy are very experienced in the registration and protection of patents and trademarks before government agencies and the courts. Their technology expertise significantly broadens our firm’s intellectual property practice.”

Mr. Kepler said, “Gallop, Johnson & Neuman’s reputation as an excellent law firm with a strong business practice was a key factor in my decision to join the firm. Also, I admire the working environment and commitment to excellence that exists at Gallop, Johnson & Neuman. I look forward to serving clients as a partner of the firm.”

Thomas E. Nutter, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and former intellectual property counsel at Ralston Purina Co., said, “John’s expertise in high tech, bio tech, chemical and engineering legal issues adds an exciting new dimension to our IP practice. John is respected in our profession not only for his skill and experience, but also for his amicable disposition and enthusiasm.”

Mr. Kepler is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. His clients include companies in biological, electrical, financial, Internet services, industrial machinery, software and consumer goods. In addition, Mr. Kepler is the author of topical articles for legal and business publications, and he lectures on intellectual property issues at legal seminars and professional meetings.

Since 1991, Mr. Kepler has been an adjunct professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is a member of The American Bar Association and The Missouri Bar Association, where he is former chairman of its Patent and Trademark Committee. He also is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Computer Law Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Arts & Sciences at Webster University.

Mr. Kepler earned a J.D. from Suffolk University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Ms. Futrowsky earned a J.D. from Washington University School of Law and a B.S. in chemical engineering with honors from Cornell University.

Gallop, Johnson & Neuman is the ninth largest law firm in St. Louis according to the St. Louis Business Journal “2005 Book of Lists.” Earlier this year, the firm expanded its Immigration Practice Group and Labor & Employment Department.
Founded in 1976, the firm renders diverse legal services and has grown by serving public and privately held corporations, small companies, start-up enterprises and non-profit entities, as well as individuals and families. For more information please contact Daniel P. Mauzy @ 314.615.6000 or visit the website www.GJN.com.

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