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IP Partner Bill Lambert Joins Sheppard Mullin Palo Alto

Firm Grows IP Practice & Silicon Valley Presence With Patent Prosecutor

May 11, 2015

As part of the continuing expansion of its Intellectual Property practice group, Dr. William R. Lambert has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property practice group, in the firm's Palo Alto office. 

Dr. Lambert is a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on patent prosecution and client counseling.  He has experience with a broad range of industries, including chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, mechanical and electrical.  Lambert’s broad technical background and over 20 years of research and development experience enables him to work with a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, polymers, physical chemistry, semiconductor and optoelectronic materials, electronic and photonic devices and fabrication, electronic packaging, telecommunications and manufacturing.

In addition to private practice, Lambert worked as patent counsel for a Bay Area pharmaceutical start-up company, where he was responsible for the preparation and prosecution of patents related to small molecules, formulations and medical uses.  He is a co-founder of a start-up electronic packaging company, a named inventor on 11 patents, and an author of more than 50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.  Lambert served as a member of the technical staff in the physical science and materials research division of Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies/AT&T for 17 years.

"Bill is a well-regarded patent prosecutor and an excellent addition to our formidable IP practice group.  He has a successful practice representing a variety of technology companies," said Guy N. Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin.

"I am thrilled to join Sheppard Mullin and have been very impressed by the firm's strategic vision and successful growth of the IP group.  I was especially attracted to the firm’s strong California footprint and full-service platform," Lambert commented.

“With the addition of Bill, we continue to grow the Palo Alto office.  He adds further depth to the office’s IP practice and brings significant life sciences and materials science expertise,” said Paul S. Cowie, Palo Alto managing partner.

"Bill joins Sheppard Mullin as part of our ongoing strategic goal to expand our IP capabilities in Silicon Valley and firm wide.  He is an accomplished patent prosecutor and the latest high profile lateral partner to join our growing team,” commented Daniel N. Yannuzzi, co-chair of Sheppard Mullin’s Intellectual Property practice group. 

Lambert received a J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2002, a Ph.D. in Physics from California Institute of Technology in 1983, and a B.A. in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley in 1973. 

Sheppard Mullin has 30 attorneys based in its Palo Alto office.  The firm’s Intellectual Property practice group includes 100 attorneys firmwide.