July 6, 2010

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes attorney John A. Leja as shareholder to the firm’s expanding Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation, and Commercial and Business Litigation practices in the Trial department. Leja brings the firm a wide range of IP experience, having served as lead counsel in mediations, arbitrations and trials over a variety of enforcement and litigation issues.

“We are extremely pleased that John has decided to join Polsinelli Shughart,” said Intellectual Property Litigation Chair Keith J. Grady. “We think John is a rising star in intellectual property litigation. His experience encompasses a variety of technological areas and adds depth to our group. John provides us with a strong presence in Chicago, which is a significant growth market for us.”

Leja has represented corporations and individuals in matters involving intellectual property and complex commercial litigation in courts throughout the country, including preliminary injunction hearings, claim construction, summary judgment and trial. He also has counseled numerous companies and major manufacturers concerning patent and copyright litigation, unfair competition, intellectual property licensing, risk management, product liability, consumer transactions and negotiation strategy.

“Polsinelli Shughart has a national reputation in intellectual property enforcement and litigation for clients who need this type of assistance,” Leja said. ”I’m very excited to join such a talented and experienced team of IP attorneys, as well as having the opportunity to build on the firm’s practice in Chicago.”

Leja earned his J.D. degree from Cornell University in 1998 and a bachelor of science degree at Purdue University in 1997. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. Leja also serves on the advisory board of Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions.

Leja was recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer “Rising Star,” by Law & Politics, 2009. Prior to joining Polsinelli Shughart, he served as partner at the Chicago firm McGuireWoods LLP.

Leja is a good source for reporters working on stories about:

The United States Supreme Court decision on the Bilski patent case, released June 28, 2010 
Patent and copyright dispute issues 
Intellectual property law matters 
Intellectual property licensing and litigation matters

For more information contact:

Heather McMichael, Public Relations Manager, 816-395-0618,

Bob Inderman, Parris Communications, 816-931-8900,

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