Pepper Hamilton announced that three lawyers have been named by Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in the state for 2017. Thomas J. Engellenner has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list and Shirley R. Kuhlmann and Andrew W. Schultz have been named to the Massachusetts Rising Stars list. All are resident in the firm’s Boston office. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Massachusetts are named to Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars.
Mr. Engellenner is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. His practice includes patents, licensing, trademarks, copyrights and litigation. He has particular expertise in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, analytical instruments and medical devices. Mr. Engellenner has more than 30 years of experience in prosecuting and litigating patents and advising clients generally on intellectual property strategies. His litigation experience includes patent infringement cases in the U.S. federal courts, and interference and reexamination proceedings at the U.S. Patent Office, as well as infringement and validity trials in Japan and Europe. Mr. Engellenner is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S. environmental studies and B.S. engineering). He earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Ms. Kuhlmann is a partner in the firm’s Health Sciences Department. Ms. Kuhlmann concentrates her practice in corporate and securities matters with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions for life sciences and technology companies. She advises both public and private companies on a range of matters, including IPOs, follow-on equity and debt financings, corporate governance and disclosure matters, cash and stock mergers, stock and asset purchases and other business combination transactions. Ms. Kuhlmann is a 2007 graduate of Emory University School of Law, where she was the executive managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. She graduated with a B.A. in economics and political science from Columbia University in 2004.
Mr. Schultz is an associate in the firm’s Health Sciences Department, focusing on intellectual property transactions and rights management. He works with well-established and nascent companies, universities, and independent inventors to identify and protect their intellectual property. His practice spans all aspects of patent law, including the preparation and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications, preparation of patentability and clearance opinions, and the representation of clients in adversarial post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Schultz is a 2008 graduate of The George Washington University Law School. He earned an M.E. in biomedical engineering from the University of Florida in 2004 and a B.S.E. in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 2003.
Selection Process for Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
A statewide survey of lawyers who have been in practice for at least 5 years leads to the nomination of the best attorneys they have personally observed in action. Candidates are also added from searches by an attorney-led research staff for those who have attained certain honors or achievements. A research department examines the background and experience of each candidate. Point totals are calculated from the balloting and qualitative evaluation steps. Candidates are grouped according to primary area of practice. Members of a blue ribbon panel, selected from those with high point totals, review a list of candidates from their practice area. Final candidates are those with the highest point totals from each category. The selection process for Rising Stars is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process except that: 1) to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less and 2) candidates for Rising Stars do not go through peer evaluation by practice area. See www.superlawyers.com for more detail.