PHILADELPHIA, August 20, 2020—Five Duane Morris LLP attorneys have been named by Best Lawyers as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2021: Richard P. Jaffe of the Philadelphia office; L. Norwood (Woody) Jameson of the Atlanta office; Thomas G. Servodidio of the Philadelphia office; Wilbert H. Sirota of the Baltimore office; and David J. Wolfsohn of the Philadelphia office. Each was the only lawyer selected for this honor from his respective practice area and city. Lawyers are selected based on high marks in the peer-review assessments conducted annually by Best Lawyers.
Richard P. Jaffe has been selected as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law. Jaffe practices in the area of corporate finance with an emphasis on private equity law. He focuses on advising funds on control and noncontrol investments, fund formation and operation, divestitures, corporate finance and venture capital financing, particularly in the alternative energy, technology and manufacturing industries. Jaffe regularly represents private equity funds and other investors and strategics in corporate transactions and advises business owners and PE portfolio companies on raising capital to grow and exit their companies, as well as structuring public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions.
Louis Norwood (Woody) Jameson has been selected as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Atlanta for Litigation - Patent. Jameson is chair of Duane Morris' Intellectual Property Practice Group. He practices in the area of intellectual property law and litigation with particular emphasis on patent litigation. Jameson also litigates a broad range of intellectual property disputes, including trademark and trade dress litigation, copyright litigation and false advertising disputes. He has represented several well-known companies in complex patent litigation involving such technologies as fiber optics communications, cybersecurity, semiconductors, cable television, internet, online banking transactions, MPEG decoding, telecommunications and computer hardware and software applications.
Thomas G. Servodidio has been selected as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia for Employment Law - Management. Servodidio is Vice Chairman of the firm and also serves on the firm's Executive Committee. For over 30 years, he has represented corporate clients and senior executives in all aspects of complex employment law and management labor relations. He represents management in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and handles collective bargaining negotiations as well as grievances and arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements. Servodidio also negotiates and drafts executive employment agreements for both employers and senior executives.
Wilbert H. Sirota has been selected as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Baltimore for Venture Capital Law. Sirota also received this distinction in 2013, 2014 and 2017 and was named in 2016 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law. He practices in the area of corporate law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and general corporate and tax law. Sirota has over four decades of experience in the area of corporate law and has served as counsel for companies in a variety of industries, including high-tech and healthcare. He also has worked on international and offshore corporate transactions.
David Wolfsohn has been selected as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Philadelphia for Trademark Law. Wolfsohn also was named "Lawyer of the Year" in 2012 for Intellectual Property Litigation. Wolfsohn is a trial lawyer who has tried a diverse range of intellectual property and technology-related cases to verdict on behalf of both defendants and plaintiffs. He obtained a defense verdict for the H.J. Heinz Company in a jury trial over the idea for the Dip and Squeeze and won the largest indirect-profits copyright award ever ($30.4 million) in The Graham Company v. USI MidAtlantic. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
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