Alston & Bird senior associates Zack Higbee and Dan O’Connor have been named “2021 Rising Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property, which recognizes the top up-and-coming intellectual property practitioners in private practice.
Members of Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Practice, both Higbee and O’Connor advise clients on identifying, harvesting, and protecting valuable IP. Higbee focuses his practice on all aspects of ex parte patent prosecution, review, and IP counseling, as well as advising on copyright, open source, trade secret, licensing, and transactional issues where appropriate for his clients’ business goals.
O’Connor advises clients on patent solicitation and patent portfolio management for a wide variety of technologies, with a focus on high-tech software, electromechanical devices, industrial manufacturing processes, power-storage devices, and Internet-connected hardware.
The rising star honors are the latest recognition for Alston & Bird’s IP team by Managing Intellectual Property. In June, the publication ranked 11 Alston & Bird partners “IP Stars,” as well as ranking three of the firm’s IP practices nationally and two practices at the state level.
Published by Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Managing Intellectual Property bases its individual attorney and practice rankings on client and peer recommendations and research across more than 50 jurisdictions worldwide.