December 2, 2011

Polsinelli Shughart welcomes attorney Spencer R. Wood to the firm as shareholder where he will practice in the Science and Technology group. He focuses his practice on intellectual property asset management, information technology and outsourcing, digital media and privacy rights. Wood joins a national team of science and technology attorneys from Chicago to Phoenix.

“I wanted to join a law firm that has a strong and growing presence in Chicago as well as a national footprint,” said Wood. “The depth and breadth of the intellectual property group here is impressive.”

Wood has advised a wide array of technology related companies in the acquisition and monetization of patents, trademarks and copyrights. He has represented clients in connection with branded entertainment and marketing campaigns, and has helped start-up companies protect proprietary information and implement best practices with investors, vendors, consultants and employees.

“Clients are continually looking for ways to contain legal costs without a drop in service,” Wood said. “Polsinelli Shughart allows me to provide great value to my clients.”
Wood’s addition comes during an exciting period of growth for Polsinelli Shughart. In 2011, the firm opened Dallas and Los Angeles offices, and added more than 39 attorneys nationwide to help meet clients’ needs. The National Law Journal ranked Polsinelli Shughart, “the third fastest growing law firm in the country.”

“We’re excited to have Spencer join our team in Chicago,” said Chicago Managing Director Anthony J. Nasharr. “He complements our existing science and technology attorneys in Chicago and is part of our steady growth to build our office at a pace that serves our clients well.”

When he is not practicing law, Wood volunteers and actively supports the All Stars Project of Chicago, which provides afterschool programming for inner city youth. Through workshops and other interactions with successful adults, the program helps impoverished teens develop interpersonal skills and gain self esteem.

“The development that occurs is remarkable,” Wood said. “I’ve seen young people enter the program, timid and uneasy in front of corporate types. After just a few months, they are starting conversations, introducing themselves, asking questions – and learning! I was drawn to the law, fundamentally, to help people most in need. The All Stars Project is another tremendous outlet where I get to do that.”

Wood is an excellent source for reporters working on stories about:

• Safeguarding intellectual property, including key considerations at each stage of development, use, licensing and sale
• E-commerce platforms, outsourcing, IT vendor relationships and data security
• Brand management, product integrations, sponsorship, user generated content and social networks
• Media production agreements, copyright infringement, fair use, rights of publicity and privacy

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael at 816-395-0618,

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