Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto Receives Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Thomas L. Sager Diversity Award

October 28, 2004

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Firm’s Continued Commitment to Diversity Recognized for a Second Time

NEW YORK (October 28, 2004)- Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, a Manhattan-based law firm, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the 2004 Thomas L. Sager Award winner for the Northeast Region by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). The award will be presented at the MCCA’s Northeast Regional Diversity Dinner Honoring Employers of Choice to be held on November 3, 2004, at the Marriott Marquis in New York. The firm has been awarded the honor for the second time within three years. In 2002, Fitzpatrick, Cella was the first intellectual property law firm ever to win the award.

In an effort to ensure that a greater cross-section of the firm’s lawyers influence the firm’s direction, Fitzpatrick has made significant changes in its committee structure. Two seats on the Management Committee are reserved for partners under the age of 50 and two associates, elected by the associates themselves, have been added to each the Recruiting Committee and the Professional Development Committee.

The firm is also a signatory to the New York City Bar Association’s Statement of Diversity Principles, which espouses the belief that increased diversity leads to a more creative and effective group of lawyers.

“We are pleased and deeply honored to accept this award for a second time,” said Fitzpatrick, Cella partner and Recruiting Committee chair Michael P. Sandonato. “When we received this honor two years ago, we felt challenged to build on our successes and redouble our efforts to create a firm culture that welcomes fresh ideas and diverse perspectives.”

The award, named in honor of MCCA Board of Directors Member and DuPont Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Thomas L. Sager, is given annually to law firms and companies that demonstrate sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority and women attorneys.

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 more than 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.