Shook, Hardy & Bacon expands its growing Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of leading IP attorney Sharon A. Israel. Israel advocates for clients in rapidly evolving industries including wireless communications systems and devices, consumer electronics, medical devices, oilfield services and others. Shook’s IP Practice stretches from coast to coast and includes more than 100 attorneys and analysts with engineering and computer degrees. The firm represents some of the world’s largest companies, including Microsoft Corp., Sprint Corp., Ford Motor Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Cerner Corp. and Garmin Ltd., in the IP arena.

“Shook’s premiere trial reputation, which includes handling complex IP matters, drew me to the firm,” explained Israel, who led the Houston IP practice of her prior AmLaw 100 firm. “I look forward to collaborating with some of the nation’s most highly respected trial attorneys in this fast-moving field of law.”

“A company’s intellectual property is more valued than ever, and Sharon’s deep litigation experience and IP thought leadership will be of great value to our IP Practice as we work hard to protect our clients’ world-class brands,” predicted Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough.

Israel is a Chambers USA ranked IP litigation attorney who represents clients in intellectual property cases before district and appellate courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission. She is a past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, past Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section for the State Bar of Texas, and past President of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association. She currently serves on the Council for the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association.

“We’re excited to add a lawyer of Sharon’s caliber to our intellectual property team,” said Intellectual Property Litigation Chair Trent Webb, from his Kansas City office. “She’s respected nationally among her peers and clients.”

Israel will practice nationally out of Shook’s Houston office which is composed of intellectual property, products liability and business litigation attorneys.

“Sharon is well known in the Houston area and on the forefront of intellectual property issues facing our business clients,” said James Shepherd, who leads the firm’s Houston office. “We’re pleased she’s bringing her experience to our team.”

Israel is licensed to practice in Texas, Georgia, the United States Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts, as well as federal and state courts in Texas and Georgia. She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is a Fellow in the following prestigious organizations: American Bar Foundation; Texas Bar Foundation; Houston Bar Foundation; and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law, MBA from Emory University School of Business Administration and SB in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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