Dykema Lawyer Named To WTR 1000; Firm Welcomes New Member And Adds Leading Product Liability Attorney

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 14:37

Eric T. Fingerhut, member and leader of the Dykema's Trademark Practice, has been recognized by World Trademark Review (WTR) for inclusion in its 2014 edition of WTR 1000, the first and only stand-alone ranking publication to focus exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners. This is the fourth consecutive year – every year that WTR 1000 has been published – that Mr. Fingerhut has achieved this recognition.

Mr. Fingerhut is resident in Dykema’s Washington, DC office.

Mr. Fingerhut has earned WTR 1000’s highest rating – Gold band – for his work in Trademark Prosecution and Strategy. He is one of only seven practitioners in the metropolitan DC area to merit this distinction. Mr. Fingerhut has also earned Silver band status for his work in Trademark Enforcement and Litigation. In its profile, WTR 1000 described Mr. Fingerhut as “a discerning counselor and an expert on transactional mandates,” citing his experience in assisting rights holders in “understanding the brand cycle and maximizing the potential of their assets.” The 2014 edition of WTR 1000 also conferred Bronze band status upon Dykema, noting that the firm’s “national presence and strong commercial practices” combine to make it “well placed to serve large clients with valuable portfolios.”

Peter M. Kellett, Dykema chairman and CEO, commented, “Many companies count brands and trademarks among their most distinctive and valuable assets. Eric’s proven skill in helping clients protect and defend their marks is at the core of this recognition.”

The 2014 edition of WTR 1000 can be accessed at www.worldtrademarkreview.com/wtr1000/.

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Dykema has announced the addition of Aaron Charfoos to its Intellectual Property Group and Litigation Department as a member in the firm’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Charfoos was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis.  

Mr. Charfoos is an experienced trial lawyer specializing in complex patent and commercial litigation. In 2012 he secured two major trial victories for his clients including one of the top defense verdicts in California that year.  Mr. Charfoos has also won a number of appeals before the Federal Circuit, Ninth Circuit and Indiana Court of Appeals. In addition to leading litigation and appellate teams, Charfoos counsels clients on intellectual property portfolio valuation and technological development and patent prosecution strategy.

Mr. Charfoos’s clients work in a variety of industries including computer science, telecommunications, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, financial services, genetics, biotechnology, medical devices and technology outsourcing.  He has also been an active member of the American Bar Association and Intellectual Property Owners Association.

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The firm has announced the addition of David P. Graham to its Products and Professional Liability/Pharmaceutical practice as senior counsel in the firm’s Minneapolis office. Prior to joining Dykema, he was a partner at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis.

Mr. Graham specializes in food law, FDA, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation. He has represented food manufacturers in labeling, foodborne illness and regulatory matters. His experience includes representing food manufacturers in FDA, USDA and state agency investigations of safety issues, and negotiating with the FDA on food safety and labeling matters. He has extensive experience in representing medical device and pharmaceutical companies in mass tort cases in multi-district jurisdictions, class actions and consolidated state court proceedings. He also has significant experience defending health care entities in False Claims Act litigation and governmental investigations.

Mr. Graham is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Products Liability and Health Law Sections and is a member and past chair of the MSBA’s Food, Drug and Device Law Section.