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Schlitz, Michaud join Baker Botts - Bolster firm’s IP team


For Immediate Release
February 21, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 21, 2005 -- Intellectual property lawyers David Schlitz and Fred Michaud have joined Baker Botts L.L.P. in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office to focus primarily on patent litigation in a wide range of technologies covering the electronics, communications and computer industries.

Schlitz moves to Baker Botts as a partner from the intellectual property boutique firm of Burns Doane in Alexandria, Virginia. Michaud is currently in private practice but previously was a partner at Burns Doane where he served for many years on the firm’s executive committee.

“David and Fred provide Baker Botts additional experience and expertise in the IP legal field, which is expanding rapidly in our highly-advanced technology world,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner Walt Smith. “This addition to our IP team will move us forward in establishing a strong presence on the national stage in this key practice area.”

Schlitz, 52, earned his law degree (cum laude) from Cardozo School of Law in 1979. Immediately after law school he served as judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Virginia. He spent the early part of his legal career in the commercial litigation branch, Civil Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice. His introduction to intellectual property litigation came during the damage phase of the Hughes Aircraft case against the United States that involved a patent covering satellite technology. Since 1993, Schlitz has been with Burns Doane working exclusively on a large number of IP litigation and licensing matters.

“I am extremely pleased to join Baker Botts and chose to join the firm because it has both outstanding intellectual property lawyers and some of the finest litigators in the country, a combination that will serve my clients well,” Schlitz said.

Michaud, 62, earned his law degree from The National Law Center at George Washington University in 1972. He worked in the patent department of Westinghouse Electric and received additional training in the field at the United States Patent and Trademark Office before joining Burns Doane in 1969. During the past 20 years the majority of his work has consisted of representing clients as lead trial counsel in intellectual property litigation in U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Federal Claims Court, and with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

“I am excited by the opportunity to join Baker Botts and to become part of its extraordinary group of lawyers,” Michaud said. “I especially look forward to helping Baker Botts expand its intellectual property presence here in Washington, D.C.”

Baker Botts has one of the largest intellectual property and technology practices in the United States among general practice firms. The firm understands that intellectual property considerations are of paramount importance to businesses in almost every segment of the economy. Major patent law protection issues have emerged with the rapid expansion of almost every industry’s reliance on new technologies and with the merging and convergence of business activities.

Baker Botts intellectual property lawyers hold specialized or advanced degrees in medicine, biotechnology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, immunology and computer science. This technological knowledge, coupled with industry experience, allows them to work directly with clients’ technical personnel in their respective fields, and to offer clients choices in staffing IP litigation with teams of IP lawyers or a mix of IP and general trial lawyers.

Baker Botts L.L.P., founded in 1840, is a leading international law firm with offices in Austin, Baku, Dallas, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Riyadh and Washington.  With more than 700 lawyers, Baker Botts provides a full spectrum of legal services to regional, national and international clients.  For more information, please visit

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