SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2002 --Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today the addition of Kathleen Patterson
as a partner in its Litigation Department.She
will be based in the firm's San Francisco office.Ms. Patterson joins Orrick from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, where she was a partner in the Product Liability Group for more than a decade. Ms. Patterson is an active trial lawyer who brings to Orrick a powerful practice that focuses on the defense of manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices in complex product liability litigation.Ms. Patterson has served as coordinating counsel and trial counsel in significant, nationwide litigation for leading manufacturers in these fields.She
has defended clients in individual cases, multi-district coordinated proceedings, and cases consolidated for trial.Ms. Patterson
has successfully tried to verdict cases in state and federal courts.Her
practice also includes counseling a wide variety of companies regarding litigation-preemptive strategies, including Consumer Product Safety Act compliance, product labeling, and document management.
track record and reputation make her
an invaluable addition to that practice, as well as a harbinger of continuing growth for Orrick
."Daniel Thomasch, Managing Director of Advocacy Practice Groups, said, "Kathleen's experience in complex product liability matters complements our existing practice and will help Orrick attract major, new clients in a vitally important practice area.
...Ms. Patterson received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and was awarded her J.D. in 1982 from the University of Kentucky.She
is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in California and Ohio.She is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Association of Defense CounselOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's
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