Jan. 7, 2005 - Needle & Rosenberg P.C., an Atlanta-based intellectual property law firm, announced today that former DeKalb County (Georgia) District Attorney and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Brickman will join its litigation team beginning Jan. 18.Needle & Rosenberg
is a 21-year-old nationally recognized intellectual property firm.The 35-attorney I.P. firm, which represents clients from across the nation (including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control
and many universities), has an active litigation practice, including high-profile reported cases involving DOMINO'SÂ® Pizza, CABBAGE PATCH KIDSÂ® "babies" and ECHOSTARÂ® television. Jeff Brickman
served as DeKalb County
District Attorney from February 2004, when he
was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to finish the term of J. Tom Morgan, until December 2004.Previously, Brickman was an Assistant United States Attorney in Atlanta for six years and, before that, an Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County for eight years.He
has an LLM in litigation from Emory Law School
."Jeff brings the highest level of trial expertise to Needle & Rosenberg," explained Lawrence Nodine, who is head of Needle & Rosenberg's litigation group.
Our clients demand the highest caliber trial skills, and Jeff
will help us deliver."Needle & Rosenberg
the opportunity to break into intellectual property, one of the fastest-growing civil practice areas, as well as the freedom to develop a criminal defense practice."It's time for me to use my trial experience in civil cases," Brickman
said."IP is the most challenging and exciting civil practice area.And, Needle & Rosenberg
offered to support my efforts to build a criminal defense practice."Brickman and Needle & Rosenberg crossed paths because Nodine worked pro bono in DeKalb County as a Special Assistant District Attorney under Brickman's predecessor, J. Tom Morgan.
"My work in the DeKalb DA's office was very modest, but I met several great trial lawyers, including Jeff
," Nodine explained.
"I supported Jeff
election campaign, but when that did not work out, I recruited him for our litigation team."Running as a Republican in heavily Democratic DeKalb County, Brickman lost the 2004 election for District Attorney despite broad support in the legal community. Needle & Rosenberg
will keep its focus on intellectual property law, but the firm will support Brickman
builds a criminal defense practice."The best trial lawyers in the country are involved in criminal justice.Jeff
has 17 years expertise as a criminal trial lawyer.
..."Jeff has been a federal prosecutor and the District Attorney of a major urban area.