Partners Geoff Coll and Ed Gray have joined Thompson Coburn's DC office in the firm's Litigation and Intellectual Property practices, respectively.
A former diplomat in France and India, Geoff is a securities litigator who is known for successfully handling high-stakes internal investigations and complex commercial disputes. He represents clients in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and New York attorney general (NYAG) enforcement actions, as well as shareholder class and derivative actions, and hostile takeover litigation.
Said Coll, “I’m so glad to return to DC and firmly believe that Thompson Coburn is the right platform for me to further expand my service to clients.”
Geoff also handles civil, criminal and regulatory matters for large private and public companies and individuals, representing them in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and offering compliance advice and False Claims Act qui tam defense. His hands-on approach and in-depth understanding of the issues at stake in these complex matters have resulted in long and trusting relationships with clients.
A strong advocate for his clients across the country, Ed focuses on intellectual property, trade secrets, corporate technology, licensing, patent strategy, trademark prosecution, IP litigation, and government contracts. He counsels government contractors on marketing issues and handling the unique aspects of IP when the government is a client.
"I'm delighted to join a value leader where my clients will benefit from expanded services in a wide array of practices by attorneys who offer cost effective solutions to business and legal issues," stated Gray.
Drawing on over 20 years of computer technology experience, having served as Vice President of Information Services at R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Ed has the ability to simplify technical jargon in a way that can be easily understood during litigation. He has extensive experience in the areas of computer software and hardware, internet and e-commerce, and electronics, and has focused much of his practice on the misappropriation of software data and computer-related intellectual property.
His clients comprise multinational corporations, leading trade associations, universities, and non-profit organizations. Ed works closely with his clients to gain an understanding of their business needs and objectives, building strong and strategic relationships with people at all levels of the organizations he represents.
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