Richard L. Byrne, patent attorney and partner with The Webb Law Firm, was ranked with honors and named a "Renaissance Man" of Intellectual Property law by the legal directory Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2004, published by Chambers and Partners Publishing, London, England, producers of world-renowned guides to the legal profession.
The Webb Law Firm, a legal practice concentrating exclusively in intellectual property, was also ranked, for the second consecutive year, in the second-highest of six categories.
Byrne is working with attorneys, through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, to develop an educational program covering the basics of intellectual property law, for other lawyers and legal professionals. He has traveled internationally to meet with attorneys and businesses wanting to patent-protect products sold in the United States. He is also actively involved with intellectual property litigation.
"To present a patent infringement case to a jury, to explain the situation clearly and in detail, you should know everything there is to know about the matter in question," says Byrne."To be successful, it's necessary to have a complete understanding of every aspect of intellectual property, to litigate and to educate, and to go beyond the traditional functions of writing claims and prosecuting patent applications."
According to the publishers, attorneys are profiled in the guide only if they are strongly recommended by the market. Researchers conducted more than 7,000 telephone interviews, canvassing lawyers and clients across the United States to obtain a consistent view of attorneys and firms considered leaders in their field.
KFMR hired Michael J. Catanese as manager, information technology solutions.
Catanese is a Microsoft Certified Professional as well as a Certified Novell Administrator, and has more than 12 years of experience in information technology systems. Prior to joining KFMR, he ran his own IT consulting firm after spending several years as director of IT for Hefren-Tillotson.
He will provide a number of services to KFMR clients, including network integration, network security and administration, design and implementation of network infrastructure, troubleshooting and maintenance, ROI analysis and long-range IT planning.
KLINK & CO. INC.
Risk management consultants Klink & Co. Inc. hired Tina Tryczynski as a director. Based in both the New York and Pittsburgh offices, she will focus on conducting complex investigations and research for the firm. Prior to joining Klink & Co., Tryczynski was with the mortgage division of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New Jersey.
Tracy Pastrick joined Klink & Co. Inc. as a director in its Pittsburgh office. Her focus will be on internal investigations and due diligence investigations. Prior to joining Klink & Co. Inc. Pastrick served as in-house counsel and claims administrator for ECA in Philadelphia, was a former litigation attorney with the law firm of White & Williams in Philadelphia, and worked in litigation, bankruptcy and commercial transaction at Tucker Arensberg.
Five Tucker Arensberg attorneys were named as "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" for 2004 by Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine.
Gary P. Hunt is the firm's managing shareholder and has been practicing law for more than 20 years. His practice consists primarily of federal and state court litigation, arbitrations and ADR proceedings.
Jeffrey J. Leech is a shareholder with the firm and chair of the litigation department. His practice focuses on civil litigation, construction and employee benefit litigation under ERISA.
Sandra L. Meilton is a shareholder and practices in the firm's Harrisburg office in the area of family law, providing representation in adoption, custody, divorce, equitable distribution and support matters.
Lee C. Swartz is a shareholder and practices in the Harrisburg office. He concentrates his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial law. He is the permanent reporter of the Supreme Court Procedural Rules Subcommittee on the Suggested Civil Standard Jury Instructions.
Bradley S. Tupi is a shareholder and in charge of the firm's environmental law practice. He practices in the areas of environmental law and litigation, as well as real estate and construction law matters.
DataBanque, a leading provider of indirect channel marketing and lead management services to building products manufacturers, appointed Mark G. Williams as business development manager. Williams is responsible for developing new business opportunities, working with new and existing clients, and pursuing new market segments for business development.
DataBanque, headquartered in the North Hills, is the premier provider of sales lead management services to building products manufacturers. Its innovative, turnkey approach to integrating customer data helps assure clients they can more effectively target their marketing efforts, enhance customer relationships and build loyalty throughout their distribution network.