Fitzpatrick Attorneys Named Recipients of 2006 Burton Award for Legal Achievement

Fitzpatrick Receives 2006 Burton Legal Achievement Award
May 3, 2006

For Immediate Release

Michelle Samuels / Rosemarie Yu
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NEW YORK, May 3, 2006 – Intellectual property law firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto is proud to announce that attorneys Nina Shreve and Kristin Blemaster were named recipients of the 2006 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their article, “Clearing a Trademark for Use,” originally published in the May 2005 issue of General Counsel New York. This year’s award marks the second time the firm has received this prestigious honor. Fitzpatrick, Cella attorneys also received a 2004 Burton Legal Achievement Award.

Each year, The Burton Foundation, in association with The Library of Congress and its Law Library, honors lawyers based on their writing ability, and in particular, those “who use plain, modern language and avoid archaic, stilted legalese.” This year, 30 law firm award winners were selected from a mass of applications submitted by 1,000 of the largest U.S. law firms.

“We are very pleased and honored to receive the Burton Award for a second time,” said Fitzpatrick, Cella Managing Partner Dominick A. Conde.“This year’s honor is a testament to the caliber of our attorneys’ talent and their dedication to pursue professional excellence in all aspects of their legal practice.”

The awards event will be held on June 12 in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. The guest speaker will be George Will, a Pulitzer prize-winning syndicated columnist and ABC Political Correspondent. Additional information about the award and event can be found at

Nina Shreve, partner, has significant expertise in all aspects of trademark law, including litigation, prosecution, opinion work and transactional matters. She focuses her practice on licensing & transactions, trademarks and unfair trade practices, where she represents clients in diverse industries, including computers and electronics, pharmaceutical products, consumer healthcare products, industrial machinery and building products. Ms. Shreve obtained a J.D., cum laude, from St. John’s University Law School in 1977, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Earlham College in 1973.

Kristin Blemaster joined Fitzpatrick, Cella in the fall of 2005 as an associate. At the time of the article’s publication, she was a law clerk at the firm, and a third year law student at Columbia Law School. Ms. Blemaster focuses her practice on trademark litigation and prosecution. She received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2005 and a B.A. from New York University in 2002.

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, founded in 1971, is an intellectual property law firm with offices in New York, Costa Mesa, California and Washington, D.C. of approximately 150 lawyers. The firm’s practice covers the spectrum of intellectual property services, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, and trade secrets. Fitzpatrick represents an international client base from Fortune 500 companies to start-up companies.