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Polsinelli Launches Women-Led Seattle Patent Group

We are pleased to announce that patent attorneys Emily Peyser and Katherine Lee have joined Polsinelli’s Seattle office.

Ms. Peyser is a Shareholder with a background as a chemical engineer at several industry-leading companies.  She handles every stage in the lifecycle of her clients’ intellectual property assets, with an emphasis on planning, procurement of U.S. and foreign patents, opinions, enforcement, and licensing.

Ms. Lee is a Counsel with an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  She supports clients in various technical industries with patent prosecution, patent portfolio development, pre-litigation analysis, post-grant proceedings, and patent litigation.

In 2018, Polsinelli launched its Seattle office with a group of experienced business attorneys.  As reported in The American Lawyer, Polsinelli plans to build its Seattle IP team as part as a nationwide push to expand its IP practice.  Ms. Peyser told The American Lawyer that she and her women patent colleagues were particularly attracted to Polsinelli because the firm has a “Women in Intellectual Property” initiative.  “Polsinelli believes that we provide better client service with a diverse team of attorneys,” she said.  “And that’s also a belief that I hold, and so it just seems like a perfect match for me to move to Polsinelli.”


Senior Anti-Piracy and Brand Enforcement Attorney Joins Iconic Entertainment Company

Harris Legal Search congratulates Alexandra DeNeve on joining Nintendo as Senior Counsel, Anti-Piracy and Brand Enforcement.  Prior to joining Nintendo, Ms. DeNeve served as intellectual property enforcement counsel at Velcro Companies and Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.  After graduating with honors from Tulane Law School, she practiced intellectual property litigation at Loeb & Loeb LLP in New York and Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.

Nintendo is the worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment.  Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ family of portable systems.  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Washington, serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas.  Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.7 billion video games and more than 740 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS™ family of systems, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, Wii™ and Wii U™ systems.  Nintendo has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda, and Pokémon. 


Chief Compliance Counsel Joins Fluke Corporation

Halley Agnello has joined Fluke Electronics Corporation as Chief Compliance Counsel.  Previously, she worked at Apple Inc. in Global Security Investigations, and was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. Agnello graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Fluke Corporation is the world leader in the manufacture, distribution, and service of electronic test tools and software.  A wholly owned subsidiary of Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV), Fluke is a multi-national corporation headquartered in the greater Seattle area. 


National Timberland REIT Hires VP, General Counsel

We are pleased to announce that Michele Tyler has joined PotlatchDeltic in Spokane, Washington, as VP, General Counsel.  Previously, Ms. Tyler was SVP, Chief Legal Officer, and Corp. Secretary at a publicly-traded defense services company in Colorado Springs.  Ms. Tyler graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

PotlatchDeltic (NASDAQ: PCH) is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that owns nearly 1.9 million acres of timberland in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Mississippi.  PotlatchDeltic, a leader in sustainable forest practices, is dedicated to long-term stewardship and sustainable management of its timber resources.


Limeade Hires VP, Legal

Harris Legal Search congratulates Scott Fletcher on joining Limeade as VP, Legal.   Mr. Fletcher is an experienced business attorney who has worked at Microsoft and, most recently, a startup based in San Mateo, California.  He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law.

Limeade provides an enterprise software-as-a-service platform for employers to offer their employees online wellness, employee well-being, enterprise healthcare benefits, self-improvement, and employee assistance programs.


REI Hires New Corporate Counsel

Anna Szygorski has joined Recreational Equipment, Inc. ("REI") as Corporate Counsel focused on transactions.  After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010, Ms. Szygorski worked as a corporate associate at Fenwick & West in Seattle.  Most recently, she worked at a publicly-traded pet insurance provider as its lead corporate attorney.  Ms. Szygorski, an avid backpacker, is excited to advance REI's mission "to inspire, educate, and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship."


Litigation Attorney Joins PACCAR

Harris Legal Search congratulates Jesse Blaisdell on joining PACCAR as Litigation Counsel.  Mr. Blaisdell previously practiced at a Seattle litigation boutique.  In 2011, Mr. Blaisdell graduated with honors from Boston University School of Law.


Privacy Attorney Joins Nintendo of America

We are pleased to announce that Bobby Schroeder has joined Nintendo of America as Privacy Counsel.  Mr. Schroeder previously worked as a privacy attorney at Siemens PLM Software in Portland, Oregon.  Mr. Schroeder is proficient in Japanese, having lived in Japan throughout high school.


Chief Legal Officer of Pokémon Company Named to Legal 500

We’re pleased that Don McGowan has been named a top 500 GC/CLO in the world by the Legal 500.  Over a decade ago, Harris Legal Search placed Mr. McGowan as Chief Legal Officer of The Pokémon Company International.

Mr. McGowan has a producer credit on the upcoming major motion picture, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.  Read more about Don’s success as an entertainment law attorney and Hollywood producer in the most recent edition of General Counsel magazine.


Global Technology & Commerce Company Hires Two Experienced Attorneys

Christopher Farmer has joined as Senior Corporate Counsel, Physical Retail Operations. Mr. Farmer was previously General Counsel of the U.S. division of Europe’s largest grocery retail chain. Mr. Farmer graduated from Duke University School of Law.

In addition, hired Jung Ju as Senior Corporate Counsel focused on SEC reporting and compliance.  Mr. Ju was previously Associate General Counsel at AIG, and an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb in New York. Mr. Ju received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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