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March 10, 2023

Law360 Pulse Covers Changes to Two Practice Areas, Quotes Kevin Szczepanski and Renato Smith

Law360 Pulse covered recent changes to two of Barclay Damon’s practice areas in “Barclay Damon Restructures Cybersecurity, IP Groups,” noting that the firm’s former Cybersecurity Team was upgraded to practice area status and is now called the Data Security & Technology Practice Area and the Trademarks, Copyrights & IP Transactions Practice Area was renamed to the Trademarks, Copyrights & Licensing Practice Area.

Kevin Szczepanski and Renato Smith, Data Security & Technology Practice Area co-chairs, gave background information about the firm’s decision to elevate the former Cybersecurity Team to a practice area. The goal of this change is to bring the firm’s expanded capabilities into one group and operate more efficiently while addressing growing client needs.  

Said Kevin, “I think it’s going to be a great advantage to our clients. It’s an ever-changing world when it comes to cybersecurity and data security, and we’re going to be well-positioned, I think, to help our clients not only in these transactions but to respond to incidents.”

Changing the name of the Trademarks, Copyrights & IP Transactions Practice Area to the Trademarks, Copyrights & Licensing Practice Area was done to reflect the group’s core capabilities and expanded focus on licensing. Renato, who is co-chair of the practice area alongside Mike Oropallo, said the changes “allow us to be more nimble.”

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