Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto Receives 2008 Burton Legal Achievement Award

May 12, 2008

For Immediate Release

Michelle Samuels / Rosemarie Yu Edelman

– NEW YORK, May 12, 2008 – Leading intellectual property law firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto is proud to announce that attorneys Michael P. Sandonato and Kristin Hogan were named recipients of the 2008 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for their article, “High Court to Rule on Territorial Reach of Patents,” originally published in the January 22, 2007 issue of The National Law Journal. This year’s award marks the fourth time the firm has received this prestigious honor, an accomplishment for which the law firm will be recognized. Fitzpatrick, Cella attorneys also received 2004, 2006 and 2007 Burton Legal Achievement Awards.

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 600 of the largest U.S. law firms.

“We feel honored that our firm is consistently recognized by the Burton Foundation and are pleased to congratulate Michael and Kristin,” said Fitzpatrick, Cella Managing Partner Dominick A. Conde. “Fitzpatrick Cella is dedicated to the pursuit of legal excellence and the scholarship of our attorneys. I consider this award a testament to our commitment to quality.”

The awards event will be held on June 16, 2008 in the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Associate Justice Stephen Gerald Breyer will be the guest speaker and Bill Press, formerly of “Crossfire,” will be the Master of Ceremonies. Additional information about the award and event can be found at

Michael P. Sandonato chairs the firm’s Electronic and Computer Technologies practice group and co-chairs the firm’s e-Commerce and New Media practice group. He is active in all aspects of the firm’s patent practice, focusing particularly on matters related to electronics, computer software and hardware and e-commerce. Mr. Sandonato’s practice includes litigation, IP due diligence investigations, licensing and technology transfers, client counseling and patent prosecution. He obtained his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1992, a M.S.E.E. from the University of Southern California in 1989 and a B.S.E.E. from Polytechnic University in 1987.

Kristin Hogan, an associate at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto since 2005, focuses her practice on trademark litigation and prosecution. She obtained a J.D. from Columbia University in 2005 and a B.A. from New York University in 2002. This year marks the second time Ms. Hogan received a Burton Award. She was a recipient of the Burton Award in 2006 for co-authoring the article “Clearing a Trademark for Use,” originally published in the May 2005 issue of General Counsel New York.

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, founded in 1971, is an intellectual property law firm of over 140 lawyers with offices in New York, Costa Mesa, California and Washington, D.C. The Firm’s practice covers the spectrum of intellectual property services, including applying for patent and trademark protection, litigation, appeals, interferences, alternative dispute resolution, licensing, opinions, corporate transactions and due diligence. Fitzpatrick represents an international client base from Fortune 500 companies to start-up companies.