Patterson Belknap Names Partner and Three Counsel

December 12, 2007

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP is proud to announce that, effective January 1, 2008, Stuart E. Pollack will become a partner of the firm and Kathleen Crotty, Chad J. Peterman and Hope K. Plasha will become counsel to the firm.

Stuart E. Pollack focuses his practice on patent litigation. He also provides freedom-to-operate, infringement, and validity opinions, and advises clients on, internal patent compliance and procedures, and patent prosecution. Dr. Pollack has helped obtain favorable judgments in several suits on behalf of pioneer drug companies, including suits brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act against potential generic entrants. His work has focused on pharmaceutical products and drug substances, polymers, optics, and chemical reactors, and he has worked on cases involving mechanical inventions. He has successfully represented companies in suits at the International Trade Commission. He has also helped obtain patents for his clients in pharmaceutical and chemical technology at the Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Pollack received his J.D. from Columbia Law School; his PhD. in Physical Chemistry and his M.S. in Chemistry from Northwestern University; and his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Rochester.

Kathleen Crotty practices in the areas of patent law and complex commercial litigation. Her experience includes litigating patent infringement actions involving various biotechnical and medical devices, as well as prosecuting and defending patent infringement appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Crotty also litigates trademark infringement actions and counsels clients regarding false advertising claims. Her experience includes litigating federal and state antitrust actions, including a multi-defendant Sherman Act class action trial. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law; her M.S. in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University; and her B.A. from Lehigh University.

Chad J. Peterman focuses his practice on patent and antitrust litigation with an emphasis on the pharmaceutical and electrical arts. He has represented a major pharmaceutical company in complex ANDA and antitrust litigations and major software, telecommunication, semiconductor, fiber optic and medical equipment companies in a variety of patent litigations. In addition to litigation, Mr. Peterman has also represented companies in intellectual property transactional matters, including the rendering of patent opinions and the negotiation of a variety of intellectual property agreements. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.S.E. from Princeton University.

Hope K. Plasha has a broad-based real estate practice that includes the representation of landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, investors in the acquisition and development of commercial and residential properties, and commercial lenders in a wide spectrum of real estate financings. Ms. Plasha has extensive experience working with not-for-profit organizations to address their real estate concerns, including the acquisition, disposition and adaptive reuse of historically-significant properties and the donation of conservation easements. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School; her M.Litt. from the University of Oxford (Magdalen College); and her A.B. magna cum laude from Columbia University.

About Patterson Belknap
Patterson Belknap is one of only five law firms to be ranked in the top 10 of The American Lawyer’s “A-List” of the nation’s elite firms each year since the list’s inception. The firm has ranked in the top 10 of The American Lawyer’s pro bono survey since it began in 1999. Ranking second overall on that survey this year, the firm was first in pro bono among all “A-List” firms. Patterson Belknap is based in New York City with nearly 200 lawyers delivering a full range of services across approximately 20 practice groups in both litigation and commercial law. For more information, call 212-336-2000 or visit