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Kilpatrick Stockton sweeps NCBA's Intellectual Property Law Section Pro Bono Awards

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kilpatrick Stockton recorded a clean sweep of the Individual and Law Firm Pro Bono Awards presented annually by the Intellectual Property Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.


Dr. Jennifer Giordano-ColtartDr. Leslie T. GrabIn addition to claiming the firm award, Dr. Jennifer Giordano-Coltart (l) and Dr. Leslie T. Grab (r) of Kilpatrick Stockton’s Winston-Salem office shared the individual awards. 
The awards were presented April 9 in Greensboro at the section’s annual meeting. 
The firm’s resume regarding pro bono service by its intellectual property attorneys is impressive. 
Twenty-three Kilpatrick Stockton IP attorneys in North Carolina performed a total of 1,542 hours of pro bono work in 2009, averaging more than 67 pro bono hours per attorney.

The total projected dollar value of the pro bono work provided by Kilpatrick Stockton IP attorneys in 2009 exceeded $500,000.

The Kilpatrick Stockton nomination denoted the following types of pro bono service provided in 2009:

   - Guardian ad Litem cases, representing the best interests of children in custody cases;

  - Grandparent Adoption Program, a program started by Kilpatrick Stockton representing low income grandparents in adoption of
     grandchildren and other relatives; 

  - expungement of criminal records; 

  - representation in courts and before the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service of immigrant children in North Carolina; 

  - Domestic Violence Advocacy Center cases, representing victims of domestic violence in 50B hearings; 

  - landlord-tenant cases to recover security deposits and damages from landlords; 

  - the North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurial Assistance (NC LEAP) project of the NCBA and the NCBA Foundation, assisting
     start-up businesses with legal needs; and 

  - IP and transactional work for pro bono clients.

Leslie Grab and Jennifer Giordano-Coltart each provided more than 300 hours of pro bono service in their first year of practice.  They were nominated jointly for their extraordinary efforts while serving as Guardians ad Litem in a protracted custody case.

“These and other activities in which Leslie and Jennifer are involved,” their nominated stated, “illustrate the value of pro bono work they contribute to a variety of individual clients and to our community.”




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