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Stites & Harbison Strengthens Growing Nashville Office and Life Sciences Practice with Addition of Two IP Partners

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC today announced the expansion of its Intellectual Property & Technology Practice with the addition of two registered patent partners – Dr. Kelly Hollowell and Justin McNaughton

With the additions of Hollowell and McNaughton, Stites & Harbison will boast one of the largest Life Sciences practices in Tennessee with 10 attorneys.  Additionally, the firm’s IP practice grows to 28 attorneys and 17 registered patent attorneys across all offices.  Of significance, in 2013, the firm was responsible for the issuance of 359 U.S. patents and the registration of 254 U.S. trademarks.

“As we continue to execute our strategic vision to grow our Nashville office and our presence in the state of Tennessee at-large, our outstanding firm has become very attractive to attorneys seeking an established platform that places a high value on intellectual property as a primary service area,” said Stites & Harbison’s Chairman, Ken Sagan.  “We believe our intellectual property practice provides attorneys with the necessary tools to meet the evolving needs of their clients, and we are excited to welcome Kelly and Justin to the firm.”

Dr. Kelly Hollowell

Hollowell is an accomplished patent attorney and scientist who focuses her practice on life sciences and mechanical arts.  Clients across a broad spectrum of mechanical arts and life sciences industries rely on Hollowell and her affable demeanor to guide them through the patent process.  She approaches the needs of clients with comprehensive patent experience and diverse, high-energy technical authority that quickly wins their trust.  An innovative legal, scientific and technical advisor, Hollowell is attentive to emerging technologies and their associated applications.

“Justin and I are very excited to join Stites & Harbison,” stated Hollowell.  “The IP and Life Sciences practices are top-notch, helping to benefit our clients and meet their business objectives.”

Hollowell sat on the Joint Subcommittee Studying Stem Cell Research and Medical Ethics for the Virginia General Assembly for three consecutive years.  She earned her B.A. from the University of South Florida, her Ph.D., from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and her J.D. from Regent University Law School.

Justin McNaughton

McNaughton’s patent practice focuses on life sciences and mechanical arts.  He maintains an active software and technology licensing practice, working with technology companies of all sizes.  He enjoys working with companies in developing an intellectual property portfolio appropriate for their industry.  Established companies, entrepreneurs, and startups in the healthcare, hospitality, firearms, health and beauty, manufacturing, and renewable energy industries rely on his straightforward advice and confident, personable demeanor.  He also maintains an active software and technology licensing practice, focusing on technology transfer agreements, product research and development agreements, and technology licenses, among others.

McNaughton earned his B.S. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Washington University Law School in St. Louis.

Stites & Harbison’s Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group counsels and represents clients in the creation, registration, management and litigation of intellectual property.  The group earned a National First Tier ranking for Trademark Law from U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in America in its 2014 “Best Law Firms” list; is honored in Intellectual Property Today for being one of the Top Patent Firms and one of the Top Trademark Firms; is ranked in Chambers USA; and is recommended for intellectual property work in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia by Managing Intellectual Property magazine with 10 Stites & Harbison attorneys named to its 2014 “IP Stars” list.