Fellers Snider Obtains Top Ranking in Intellectual Property & Litigation by Chambers USA

July 2011

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OKLAHOMA CITY (July 19, 2011) –Fellers Snider law firm is pleased to announce their 2011 Chambers USA individual and firm rankings. The firm, once again, obtained top rankings from the prestigious list of law firms in Oklahoma.

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide.

Fellers Snider has been ranked first, once again, in Intellectual Property and ranks second in Litigation (General Commercial) in Oklahoma. The attorneys highlighted in each section include - for Intellectual Property: Bill D. McCarthy (Senior Statesman), Dennis D. Brown (Band 2), R. Alan Weeks (Band 1), Randall K. McCarthy (Band 1), Roy C Breedlove (Band 3); and for Litigation: John B. Heatly (Band 3), Mark K. Stonecipher (Band 3), Terry W Tippens (Band 1) and Warren F Bickford IV (Band 3).

(The excerpt below appeared in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA. It is reproduced with permission from the publisher. © Chambers & Partners Publishing.)

For Intellectual Property, Band 1:

This team is noted for its strength in the patent preparation and prosecution arenas. It is active across the firm's Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices, and counsels a range of clients both within and outside the state. Many of the talented and experienced IP attorneys come from a scientific background and are well versed in complex electrical, chemical and mechanical patent technologies.

Sources say: "Fellers' attorneys are highly responsive and to the point."

KEY INDIVIDUALS: The Tulsa-based Alan Weeks is a leading figure at the firm, being one of the founders of its IP practice. He has a broad range of expertise in patent and trademark matters, and specializes in obtaining patents for both domestic and international clients in the biomedical, cosmetic and sporting goods fields. Roy Breedlove is primarily a patent and trademark litigator who is also based in the firm's Tulsa office. He is highly respected by peers, and has tried patent cases across the country inboth the federal and district courts. Dennis Brown brings a wealth of technical knowledge to his IP practice as a result of his former career as a process engineer. He is a registered patent attorney who is adept at advising clients on a range of IP matters including trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. Randall McCarthy moves up the rankings this year amid praise for being "one of the top patent prosecutors in the state." He has particular expertise in hi-tech industries such as data storage systems and computer sciences. He also counsels clients on general IP strategy and portfolio management.Bill McCarthy is viewed as the "grandfather of the practice." He is another former engineer and is of counsel at the firm. He has many years' experience in patent prosecution and infringement litigation.


For Litigation: General Commercial, Band 2:

Fellers Snider has a team of 30 highly experienced and talented trial lawyers that carry out complex commercial litigation in a broad range of areas. It excels at both plaintiff and defense litigation and has a presence in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Its client base stretches from Fortune 500 companies to small business owners.

Sources say: "The firm is very deserving of high praise due to its aggressive but well thought-out approach to litigation."

KEY INDIVIDUALS: Terry Tippens is a standout trial lawyer who is highly regarded by peers as being part of an "elite group" of trial lawyers in the state. He has many years' experience in the courtroom, and "has an excellent ability to communicate with the jury." Warren Bickford is best known for his work in white-collar crime defense cases, and regularly acts for banks and organizations named in indictments. He is noted for his trial skills and ability "to be collegial in adversarial situations." John Heatly's reputation as a "top-quality litigator" continues to grow within the state. He carries out general commercial litigation, with a special emphasis on bankruptcy and securities litigation. Mark Stonecipher is a high-profile and in-demand trial lawyer due to his "legendary record of success." He tries large-scale oil and gas cases and a range of other business disputes across the region.

With offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Fellers Snider has been providing the highest quality of legal services to its clients for over 45 years. In four decades, it has become one of the major Oklahoma law firms offering broad and diverse legal services of local and national scope. The full-service firm has many of Oklahoma's leading attorneys in litigation, intellectual property, banking law, civil rights and labor law, oil and gas law, corporate law, general business law, real estate law, bankruptcy, antitrust, securities, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning and other complex legal areas.