Miami, FL, July 21, 2014 – The law firm of Espinosa | Trueba P.L. has drafted and worked with other law firms to develop a Collaboration Agreement which provides a novel model for legal services in the intellectual property field. This Collaboration Agreement has been approved by the Intellectual Property Practice Area Committee of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) for adoption by its members. Thus far, 11 member law firms of the IP Practice Area Committee have now signed unto the Collaboration Agreement.
The model created by the Collaboration Agreement is unique. When a member firm, which is a signatory to the Collaboration Agreement, feels that additional resources outside of the firm would be useful or necessary to adequately service a client’s needs, it would consult with the client and seek leave to employ those resources through the Collaboration Agreement. If the client approves, the firm may call upon the resources of the other Collaboration Firms as needed. The firm will centralize the billing and supervision so that the utilization of the outside resources is seamless and transparent to the client.
“Many of the NAMWOLF member firms are composed of or include top talent from some of the largest and most prestigious national and regional law firms who decided to start their own practice” said Jorge Espinosa, Co-Founder of Espinosa | Trueba P.L. “By using the member firms who have signed the Collaboration Agreement and authorizing use of the Agreement, clients are able to benefit from the talents of over one hundred highly talented and qualified attorneys around the country in a manner that is scalable to their needs without the overhead of a large firm.”
NAMWOLF is a national organization of minority and women owned law firm and of corporate partners committed to fostering diversity. NAMWOLF requires rigorous vetting of its member firms as a condition of membership. The criteria includes that firms be certified as minority or women owned by a certifying organization, that the firm be rated AV Pre-eminent by Martindale-Hubbell, and that the firm have references from three in-house counsel, including two from Fortune 500 companies. The Intellectual Property Practice Area Committee is composed of those member firms that are principally devoted or have a significant practice group dedicated to intellectual property law.
“This collaboration agreement allows the participating firms, while remaining separate firms, to tap into each others’ resources when demanded by the needs of a particular matter without each firm having to incur the fixed overhead that would otherwise be required for each to have these extensive resources at its ready disposal,”
said Joel Stern, chief executive officer of NAMWOLF. According to Stern, by signing the Collaboration Agreement, the member firm can scale up its resources on a “just-in-time/as-needed-only” basis with top-notch talent and deliver greater value to its clients in large and complex intellectual property cases including patent infringement litigation, trademark and copyright actions, large mergers and acquisitions and similar matters.
Florida Board Certified in Intellectual Property, co-founder Jorge Espinosa focuses his practice on the domestic and international protection of trademarks, patents and copyrights. He is AV–rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and is named in Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Florida Trend Legal Elite as a top intellectual property law attorney. He was also one of only three top trademark law attorneys in Florida named to the World Trademark Review, the first and only definitive guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark service providers. Jorge received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Economics from Florida International University.
Co-founder and patent attorney William R. Trueba Jr.’s practice centers on the enforcement and defense of intellectual property rights. In addition to his experience in intellectual property litigation, he is also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, handling the prosecution of patent and trademark applications. He has been named in Super Lawyers and Florida Trend Legal Elite as a top intellectual property attorney. Trueba received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law and his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University.
Due to its strategic location in Miami, the firm’s practice is well versed in international IP issues including cross border issues, multinational litigation, offshore corporate structures, overseas registration and enforcement in devising strategies for clients. Espinosa | Trueba, P.L. is a certified minority-owned firm, founded by IP attorneys Jorge Espinosa and Will Trueba, which was named in 2013 for the third consecutive year by World Trademark Review as one of the best trademark law firms in the world and was selected as a Best Law Firm for Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property (Tier 2) for the Best Lawyers in America 2014 edition.
The law firm of Espinosa | Trueba, P.L. focuses on litigation and prosecution of Trademarks, Patents, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, Contracts in Restraint of Trade, Customs & Border Protection, Anti-counterfeiting, Cloud computing, Social Networking, Computer law and Internet law. For more information, visit www.etlaw.com.
The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Inc. (NAMWOLF) is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms. Since 2001, NAMWOLF has been a bridge between corporate legal departments and M/WBE law firms. NAMWOLF is highly regarded in the profession for its vetting process of outside firms who undergo an extensive application and screening process to ensure they are of the highest quality. With access to NAMWOLF’s directory of law firms, corporations can select superior M/WBE law firms by area of practice and geographic location. For more information, visit www.namwolf.org