Barnes & Thornburg adds John Cullis, Lawrence James and Robert Browne to IP Department in Chicago

Barnes & Thornburg announces the additions of John A. Cullis, Lawrence E. “Lee” James, and Robert E. Browne to its Intellectual Property Department in Chicago. Cullis and James join as partners, while Browne is of counsel.

The three attorneys have strong IP litigation practices and together their experience spans across all facets of intellectual property protection on behalf of their clients. They represent clients of all sizes from a range of industries, including animal nutrition, automotive, communications, electrical connectors and controls, farm machinery, food service, pharmaceuticals, software, mechanical, electromechanical, Internet and e-commerce technologies.

“This group has a long track record of success when it comes to IP litigation, involving everything from trademarks and patents to copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and more,” said Julia Gard, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. “Their skills as litigators, combined with the strategic counsel they provide clients on any number of IP issues, make them key additions to the firm.”

Cullis and James make up the fifth and sixth partner additions to the Chicago office’s Intellectual Property Department this year.

“The Chicago office has seen tremendous growth in our IP practice this year and we are thrilled to welcome John, Lee and Robert to our team,” said Michael Carrillo, Chicago office managing partner. “They have years of experience and well-established relationships in the local market that will only continue to further our growth in the region.” The trio joins from Reed Smith.