Wiley Rein & Fielding (WRF) has announced the election of five new partners and two of counsel to the firm, effective January 1. Joining the partnership are Scott E. Bain, Martha E. Heller, Eric W. Leonard, Mark A. Pacella and Sandra Tvarian Stevens. James D. Phipps and Kathryn Comerford Todd are the firm's newest of counsel.
Mr. Bain joined WRF following his clerkship at the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property and Internet & E-Commerce Practices and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Bain specializes in the litigation, licensing and acquisition of copyright, patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights in the fields of communications, entertainment, publishing, software, consumer electronics and education.
Ms. Heller joined the firm as a first year associate and practices in the firm's Communications Practice. She represents broadcast, cable and other media clients on a broad range of rulemaking, transactional and other regulatory issues before the Federal Communications Commission. She also has particular knowledge of and experience with media mergers and acquisitions and litigation impacting the mass media.
Mr. Leonard also joined the firm as a first year associate and is a member of the firm's Government Contracts, Litigation and Employment & Labor Practices. He represents clients on a broad range of government contract matters before federal agencies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Mr. Pacella practices in the firm's Intellectual Property, Litigation and Food & Drug and Product Safety Practices. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and specializes in patent and trademark litigation, procurement and counseling in a variety of industries, with particular experience in pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Stevens joined the firm as a first year associate and is a member of the firm's Insurance and Litigation Practices. She handles complex civil litigation and arbitration matters involving insurance and reinsurance law and regularly represents insurers in large complex insurance coverage disputes at the appellate and trial court levels in both federal and state courts nationwide.
Mr. Phipps is a member of the firm's Franchise, Business & Finance, International Trade and Communications Practices.
Ms. Todd joined the firm as an associate following her clerkships for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge J. Michael Luttig, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Todd is a member of the firm's Communications.