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The Legal 500 recommended Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC's Intellectual Property practice and IP attorneys Michael L. Dever, Erin M. Dunston, Patrick C. Keane and James A. LaBarre in its 2012 series. Dever, Keane and LaBarre were also recommended last year; it is Dunston's first honor.

From The Legal 500:

General practice firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has a strong and dedicated IP group, which counsels clients from start-ups to Fortune 100. The group, headed by Patrick Keane, has extensive knowledge across science, technology and engineering, and has recently expanded into renewable energy and power. Clients include [multinational corporation that develops, sells and designs consumer electronics], Chevron, Pfizer and BAE Systems.

Pittsburgh-based Michael Dever is recommended for his prosecution and licensing skills, as is James LaBarre for computer technologies. The team also has a dedicated re-examinations, interferences and reissue group, in which counsel Erin Dunston is recommended for her ‘top-quality work'. This group neatly complements the prosecution practice, and has been representing Dupont in two interferences.

Keane, LaBarre and Dunston are based in the firm's Alexandria office.

Published for more than 20 years, The Legal 500 series provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries. According to the publication's website, "the series is widely regarded as offering the definitive judgment of law firm capabilities."