Greenwich, Conn. – April 20, 2015 – In a watershed moment for the development of its corporate and IP law capabilities in the U.S., international law firm Withersworldwide (operating as Withers Bergman LLP in the U.S.) announced today that five new highly experienced partners along with six other professionals have joined its Greenwich, Connecticut office.  Formerly with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, the group are considered leaders in their respective fields, and bring extensive capabilities to our corporate finance, public company, commercial litigation and intellectual property teams.

M. Ridgway Barker, Patricia M. Lee and Clyde Tinnen join the firm’s corporate practice group.  James E. Nealon and Steven J. Moore join the firm’s litigation and intellectual property groups.

“The arrival of these talented and proven attorneys continues the rapid expansion of our firm and adds significant depth to the services we offer our corporate clients domestically and internationally,” said David Guin, who leads Withers Bergman’s commercial practice group in the U.S.

“With decades of experience across the spectrum of corporate and IP law issues, this group immediately enhances our ability to help our clients in all phases of the expansion of their businesses,” added Dean Nicyper, recently appointed Co-chair of the firm’s US litigation department.

With traditional roots in the tax and private client practice areas, Withers Bergman has been strategically growing its corporate capabilities in the U.S. and globally. In addition to the expansion of Withers’ Greenwich office, this growth has been highlighted by the continued build-out of its San Francisco office over the past year and the formation of Withers KhattarWong, a Formal Law Alliance with the leading Singapore-based firm of KhattarWong.

The newest group of attorneys joining the firm’s Greenwich office include:

M. Ridgway Barker

Mr. Barker focuses on corporate, finance and securities matters, including capital market matters, corporate governance and internal investigations, asset securitizations, debt financing, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital transactions, among other areas. His clients span industries ranging from telecommunications and technology to manufacturing, chemical and retail.

Patricia M. Lee

Patricia focuses on project finance, telecommunications finance, lending and corporate finance transactions. She has more than two decades of experience representing clients including banks, investment banks, corporations and others in corporate finance and securities transactions.

Clyde W. Tinnen  

Clyde's practice focuses on debt and equity financing transactions, representing investment banks and corporate borrowers and issuers in more than $8 billion in financings to date. His experience includes representing public and private corporations, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, across industries. He also advises clients on general corporate governance and '34 Act disclosure matters. Clyde was recently named one of "America's Most Influential Black Lawyers 2015" by Savoy Magazine, and was named a 2015 Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Steven J. Moore

Steve, former founder and head of the Patent Group at Kelley Drye & Warren, has a practice that focuses on intellectual property enforcement and defense (court and administrative actions including USPTO and CIT), procurement, licensing, due diligence and counseling, involving diverse intellectual property issues including advertising compliance, anti-counterfeiting, copyrights, domain names, grey goods, patents (utility and design), privacy and data protection, trade dress, trade secrets, and  trademarks. His litigation and administrative-challenge practice has been diverse running the gamut of technologies involving biotechnology, chemical, electrical, fashion, Hatch-Waxman, mechanical device, medical device and software matters.   He won the Managing Intellectual Property 2009 IP case of the year for his work on the Tafas v. Dudas case,  a case that lead his client to be awarded the prestigious Jefferson Medal for exceptional contributions to the field of intellectual property law.  Steve also carries with him in-house experience, having been the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for a joint venture ($1.5 billion in sales) between two large biopharmaceutical companies.

James E. Nealon

Jim concentrates on complex civil litigation, with a primary focus on commercial, class-action, real estate, employment and intellectual property litigation cases.   He also has extensive experience representing financial institutions, broker-dealer firms and their associated persons on litigation and regulatory matters.

About Withers Bergman LLP 

Withers Bergman LLP and its affiliated entities (collectively Withersworldwide) have advised highly successful individuals, families, institutions and companies on their business and personal legal needs both at home and abroad for more than 100 years. The firm has more than 400 attorneys in 14 offices advising clients across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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