NEW YORK, NY, July 31, 2017: Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP (“WKB”) announced that Mark I. Peroff and Darren W. Saunders have joined the firm, representing the next step in the firm’s expansion of its New York intellectual property practice. Both lawyers have practiced together for over 15 years and join from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where they served as partners.
Mark Peroff will serve as Managing Partner of the New York office and Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Darren Saunders will serve as Partner of the New York office. The powerhouse duo will operate out of WKB’s newly acquired professional space located in Times Square at 114 West 47th Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036, which will accommodate additional legal support staff and new attorneys as the firm continues to grow.
“With clients facing increasingly complex IP challenges as a result of growing global competition and converging technologies, it’s become more important for us to invest in our ability to serve all our clients’ needs in managing, acquiring and leveraging their IP assets,” said Matthew C. Browndorf, Managing Partner of Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP. “Mark and Darren are powerful additions in the strategy of growing our intellectual property practice in New York. Their expansive knowledge and experience tremendously amplifies our intellectual property practice capabilities, which will enhance our existing core practice areas and help accelerate our growth.”
Mark Peroff said “Early in my career I served clients in a small firm setting and focused on delivering higher quality IP services at a reasonable price for a few industries. During the past decade I practiced in large law firms offering an array of legal services for my large clients, but I missed the collegiality and friendliness of the small law firm environment. I had many options after I decided to relocate my practice to a small law firm and found Wilson Keadjian Browndorf to have the perfect combination of collaborative culture and dedication to clients in an entrepreneurial environment. Matt Browndorf has created an exciting environment in which lawyers can thrive by concentrating solely on the practice of law.”
Darren Saunders added “Working with Mark Peroff on cutting edge complex, high-profile IP litigation matters during the past decade has been a pleasure. Working in this new entrepreneurial environment will be exciting.”
New Professional Space
The new space boasts 5,535 square feet – an increase of over 4,000 square feet from the firm’s prior location – and will feature a contemporary environment filled with natural light and glass partitions to promote an open work environment and foster teamwork. In-line with the firm’s goal of incorporating cutting-edge technology into its practice, the new office will be equipped with VoIP communication devices, interactive media tools and modern workstations furnished with a set of collaborative software suites so individuals at each WKB office can maintain communication, work on the same projects, at the same time, in real-time.
“Expanding our presence in New York was a logical step in our growth strategy,” stated Matthew C. Browndorf, Managing Partner of Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP. “After adding two well-known and experienced IP litigators from prestigious law firms to our rich and diverse talent pool, we saw an opportunity to further expand staffing in our legal, administrative and support departments, thereby increasing our ability to provide quality legal service to current and future markets.”
The move to a larger office will allow WKB to attract and recruit top talent in the IP space. With the new office and support staff, WKB will be better positioned to serve and efficiently handle increasing caseloads while continuing to provide superior legal services.
Mark I. Peroff previously served as partner with Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP, and before that, served as co-chair of Hiscock Barclay’s branding, trademarks and copyrights practice. For over 35 years he has counseled clients on procuring, maintaining, and enforcing or defending their intellectual property rights in the US and abroad, focusing on trademark, copyright and domain name protection. His practice includes counseling clients in litigation; licensing and assignments; development/implementation of anti-counterfeiting enforcement programs; due diligence in acquisitions and divestitures; opposition/cancellation proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office; and administrative tribunals under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice and Taken Down Procedure. Mark Peroff has also been recognized as one of the top filers of trademark applications (7,500+) in the US.
Darren W. Saunders previously served as partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice focuses on trademark litigation, copyrights, patents, IP licensing transactions, advising clients on IP-related bankruptcy issues, domestic and international anti-counterfeiting enforcement, unfair competition and false advertising. He has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels and in administrative proceedings before the US International Trade Commission and the US Patent and Trademark Office.
About Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP
Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP, is a mid-size full service law firm, offering its clients the energy, efficiency and creativity of a small, growing firm with the skills and experience of a larger firm. The firm serves the unique needs of the mid-sized market including advice on the internationalization of mid-size firms. WKB’s attorneys’ experience is as diverse as its client base, and includes significant experience in traditional industries such as finance, project development, construction, intellectual property, WKB leverages its strengths to provide the same type of professional results as the larger firms but at far more competitive rates.
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