February 23, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart PC is expanding its Science and Technology practice with the addition of associate attorney Derek Donahoe to its Denver office. Donahoe is the third patent attorney to join the Science and Technology practice in recent months. He focuses on intellectual property and patent prosecution; and litigation with an emphasis on electrical and computer-related devices.

“We are expanding our national practices around industries that will drive economic growth in this country,” said Patrick C. Woolley, chair of the Science and Technology practice. “Science and technology is an area where we see exciting opportunities, both in the Rocky Mountain region and across the country.”

Donahoe previously served as a patent attorney with Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Denver. He brings legal experience in a variety of technical fields including software, circuits and computing systems. His work will work closely with Gregory P. Durbin, who joined the firm as a shareholder from Dorsey & Whitney in July and is now the vice chair of the Science and Technology practice at Polsinelli Shughart.

“I’m very excited to join Polsinelli Shughart,” said Donahoe. “The firm offers opportunities for young attorneys and I look forward to collaborating with talented, senior attorneys who are experienced in assisting clients at all stages of development.”

Donahoe brings real-world experience to his intellectual property practice. Prior to practicing law, Donahoe worked for five years as an electrical engineer for MCI WorldCom (now Verizon Business), and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. A member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, Donahoe earned his law degree from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in 2007 and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Utah State University.

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