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Sutherland Adds Dr. David E. Wigley to Intellectual Property Practice

August 1, 2007

ATLANTA (August 1, 2007) Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announces, David E. Wigley,Ph.D. has joined the firm's highly regarded Intellectual Property Practice Group as Counsel resident in the Atlanta office.  Dr. Wigley will focus his practice on securing, maintaining and enforcing intellectual property rights for companies in the United States and around the world.

Having earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dr. Wigley's legal work involves the chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors.  He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications, developed opinions regarding patent validity and infringement and provided counseling and due diligence involving these issues.

The addition of Dr. Wigley brings the number of attorneys in Sutherland's Intellectual Property Practice Group to 49.  Within the IP group, 26 attorneys are members of the U.S. Patent Bar, 6 have Ph.Ds, 14 have masters degrees and one has an MD.  Among Sutherland's 49 IP attorneys, 7 have degrees in biological sciences; 14 have degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering or petroleum engineering; 8 have degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science; and 5 have degrees in mechanical or civil engineering.

"The addition of David helps bolster the reputation of Sutherland's already strong IP Practice," said Mark D. Wasserman, the firm's managing partner.  "His combination of legal expertise and extensive technical knowledge afford him the opportunity to dive deep into the intricacies of IP law, therefore offering our clients the best counsel possible."

"David broadens and deepens our bench of patent attorneys and is a good fit in both our chemical and life sciences patent practices," added IP Practice Group Leader Peter G. Pappas.  "His experience and expertise will complement our existing client teams in those areas.  David is highly regarded in the patent community and has good contacts of his own in the chemical industry."

A graduate of The University of Arizona College of Law, Dr. Wigley was a member of the Arizona Law Review and was named Outstanding Oral Advocate of the First Year Moot Court.  Prior to practicing law, he was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arizona for 15 years, where he directed a research group investigating the diverse aspects of synthetic and catalytic inorganic, organometallic and materials chemistry.  He was also a visiting faculty member at the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Wigley earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Soil Science from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University.  He conducted post-doctoral research at MIT and The University of Oxford.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 450 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit

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