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Leading Intellectual Property Litigator Benjamin M. Stern Joins Nutter as Partner

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Nutter announced today that Benjamin M. Stern has joined the firm as a partner in its Litigation Department. He focuses his practice on patent litigation and has extensive trial experience representing multinational and entrepreneurial companies in federal and state courts nationwide, as well as before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

“We are delighted to have Ben join Nutter. His impressive litigation practice will help build on the firm’s strategic expansion,” said Liam O’Connell, Nutter’s Co-Managing Partner. “Nutter is committed to quickly and effectively integrating lateral partners, and has a proven track record in offering an entrepreneurial platform for attorneys to grow their regional and national practices.”

With a strong background in both intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation, Stern assists clients in protecting and enforcing their rights. He has deep technical experience in numerous industries, including telecommunications; software; semiconductors; consumer products; data storage systems; SMS messaging; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); speech recognition; video monitoring products; medical devices; biotechnology; and pharmaceuticals. He has represented numerous companies in patent litigations brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs), including in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware, and Northern District of California.

“We look forward to Ben strengthening our thriving litigation practice, as he combines impressive courtroom experience with knowledge of complex technologies that allows him to translate sophisticated subject matter into understandable concepts for judges and juries,” said Sarah Kelly, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. Added Steven Saunders, chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, “Ben is a seasoned litigator who handles disputes for clients and is particularly adept on counseling on patent, trademark, and copyright issues.”

Active in the legal community, Stern is a board member of the Federal Bar Association IP Section, as well as a member of the Steering Committee for the Business and Commercial Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and the Massachusetts Bar Association. He also serves on the board of trustees of Crossroads, which prepares young people in Massachusetts for post-secondary school success, and the Brookline Innovation Fund, which helps develop new classes at Brookline High School. From 2014 to 2020, he was on the board of trustees of Temple Israel of Boston.

Stern has spent nearly 20 years in private practice at international law firms. Prior to joining Nutter, he was a partner in the Boston office of a leading New England law firm. Stern has also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, where he investigated and tried numerous cases. Additionally, he was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the Governor of Massachusetts and was named as a Special Counsel to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners. Earlier in his career, Stern clerked for The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, District of Delaware. He earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A., with distinction, from Swarthmore College.

Stern’s addition comes on the heels of the recent arrival of five veteran lawyers spanning strategic practice areas across the firm. Tracy Vitols joined the firm as a partner in the Tax Department, expanding the firm’s capabilities in executive compensation and employee benefits. Tom Rosedale, Suzanne Hamel, Mark Burgiel, and Kate MacGregor are three partners and one of counsel, respectively, in the Corporate and Transactions Department, where they advise companies in a broad range of industries, including life sciences; medical devices and diagnostics; telemedicine; technology; Internet and e-commerce; and food and beverage.

Nutter’s Litigation Department aggressively and effectively represents clients from pre-litigation counseling through the litigation process, including discovery, trial and appeal, as well as alternative dispute resolution where appropriate. The firm’s clients encompass a spectrum of public corporations, privately-owned businesses, and individuals. Nutter attorneys handle litigation in a variety of areas, including business, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use, product liability, real estate, securities, and white collar defense. The firm’s Intellectual Property Department advises clients on patent portfolio development, counseling, and prosecution; due diligence; litigation; trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; technology licensing; international IP rights; and opinions of counsel. Global corporations, mid-market and emerging companies, inventors, and investors turn to Nutter to protect, enhance, leverage, and capitalize on their IP assets.

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