The international law firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has taken first place inThe American Lawyer 's annual Summer Associates Survey. With a focus on mentoring and high-quality work assignments, Kelley Drye's summer associates ranked the firm's program at the top of the list among more than 150 firms nationwide.
The second year law students awarded perfect scores for the amount of "real" work assigned, and for the training and guidance offered. Kelley Drye also received perfect scores in the categories of partner/summer associate interaction and "humane approach to billable hours." As such, the firm rose to the number one position, the greatest jump of any firm included in the rankings.
Taking into account comments from former summer associates, Kelley Drye focused on creating closer relations between the interns and the lawyers. Each of Kelley Drye's summer associates was assigned to a team comprised of a first- or second-year associate, a senior associate and a partner. These mentor groups focused on one substantive practice area and participated in both work and social events together. This new structure created three opportunities for personal connection between the summer associates and the firm, and also gave the students exposure to three different perspectives.
Scores were based on nine key areas, including the quality of the work, the training and guidance, how accurately each firm portrayed itself in interviews and the respondent's inclination to accept a job if offered.
The survey, based on responses from almost 5,000 summer associates, is conducted every year and is distributed through the firms' recruiting coordinators. Summer associates must clerk at firms for at least three weeks during the summer to qualify to participate in the survey.
Kelley Drye has announced the addition of an extensive patent practice to its nationally-recognized intellectual property group. This expansion will allow Kelley Drye to provide a complete range of intellectual property expertise, including multi-office patent capabilities.
Kelley Drye's team of patent lawyers is led by partners Steve Szczepanski and Mary Jo Boldingh, who recently joined Kelley Drye's Chicago office. Also joining the group are, in Chicago, special counsel Kathy Tabor and associates Stephanie Carter, Glen Gesicki and Scott Kaspar; in Washington, DC, special counsel Anthony Meola, and in New Jersey, patent agent Kevin Ryan.
The addition of a patent group reflects the significant growth of Kelley Drye's already-strong intellectual property practice. The group's services include the preparation of patentability, non-infringement, validity and right-to-use opinions; the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, both in the United States and abroad; Patent Office interference proceedings; reissue and reexamination proceedings; patent infringement litigation; counseling on patent acquisition, transfer and licensing; and advice related to issues such as patent misuse and antitrust considerations.
The group's attorneys have extensive expertise in large patent litigations, with cases in a range of disciplines such as polymer chemistry, telecommunications, electromechanics, MRI technology, Internet software and medical diagnostics.
Kelley Drye has announced that Lawrence A. Cox has joined the firm's Stamford office as special counsel in the Real Estate Practice Group.
Formerly assistant general counsel with CIGNA Corporation, Mr. Cox represents insurance companies, financial institutions, investors, developers, corporations and investment vehicles in all aspects of real estate investment closing. He also represents clients in commercial real estate workouts and the enforcement of rights and remedies in foreclosure, eviction, bankruptcy and other real estate related litigation.