Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP Adds Mark Peroff and Darren Saunders as Partners in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Firm’s New Times Square Office

NEW YORK, NY, July 31, 2017: Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP (“WKB”) announced that Mark I. Peroff and Darren W. Saunders have joined the firm, representing the next step in the firm’s expansion of its New York intellectual property practice. Both lawyers have practiced together for over 15 years and join from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where they served as partners.

Mark Peroff will serve as Managing Partner of the New York office and Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Darren Saunders will serve as Partner of the New York office. The powerhouse duo will operate out of WKB’s newly acquired professional space located in Times Square at 114 West 47th Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036, which will accommodate additional legal support staff and new attorneys as the firm continues to grow.

“With clients facing increasingly complex IP challenges as a result of growing global competition and converging technologies, it’s become more important for us to invest in our ability to serve all our clients’ needs in managing, acquiring and leveraging their IP assets,” said Matthew C. Browndorf, Managing Partner of Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP. “Mark and Darren are powerful additions in the strategy of growing our intellectual property practice in New York. Their expansive knowledge and experience tremendously amplifies our intellectual property practice capabilities, which will enhance our existing core practice areas and help accelerate our growth.”

Mark Peroff said “Early in my career I served clients in a small firm setting and focused on delivering higher quality IP services at a reasonable price for a few industries. During the past decade I practiced in large law firms offering an array of legal services for my large clients, but I missed the collegiality and friendliness of the small law firm environment. I had many options after I decided to relocate my practice to a small law firm and found Wilson Keadjian Browndorf to have the perfect combination of collaborative culture and dedication to clients in an entrepreneurial environment. Matt Browndorf has created an exciting environment in which lawyers can thrive by concentrating solely on the practice of law.”

Darren Saunders added “Working with Mark Peroff on cutting edge complex, high-profile IP litigation matters during the past decade has been a pleasure. Working in this new entrepreneurial environment will be exciting.”

New Professional Space

The new space boasts 5,535 square feet – an increase of over 4,000 square feet from the firm’s prior location – and will feature a contemporary environment filled with natural light and glass partitions to promote an open work environment and foster teamwork. In-line with the firm’s goal of incorporating cutting-edge technology into its practice, the new office will be equipped with VoIP communication devices, interactive media tools and modern workstations furnished with a set of collaborative software suites so individuals at each WKB office can maintain communication, work on the same projects, at the same time, in real-time.

“Expanding our presence in New York was a logical step in our growth strategy,” stated Matthew C. Browndorf, Managing Partner of Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP. “After adding two well-known and experienced IP litigators from prestigious law firms to our rich and diverse talent pool, we saw an opportunity to further expand staffing in our legal, administrative and support departments, thereby increasing our ability to provide quality legal service to current and future markets.”

The move to a larger office will allow WKB to attract and recruit top talent in the IP space. With the new office and support staff, WKB will be better positioned to serve and efficiently handle increasing caseloads while continuing to provide superior legal services.


Mark I. Peroff previously served as partner with Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP, and before that, served as co-chair of Hiscock Barclay’s branding, trademarks and copyrights practice. For over 35 years he has counseled clients on procuring, maintaining, and enforcing or defending their intellectual property rights in the US and abroad, focusing on trademark, copyright and domain name protection. His practice includes counseling clients in litigation; licensing and assignments; development/implementation of anti-counterfeiting enforcement programs; due diligence in acquisitions and divestitures; opposition/cancellation proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office; and administrative tribunals under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice and Taken Down Procedure. Mark Peroff has also been recognized as one of the top filers of trademark applications (7,500+) in the US.

Darren W. Saunders previously served as partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice focuses on trademark litigation, copyrights, patents, IP licensing transactions, advising clients on IP-related bankruptcy issues, domestic and international anti-counterfeiting enforcement, unfair competition and false advertising. He has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels and in administrative proceedings before the US International Trade Commission and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

About Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP

Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP, is a mid-size full service law firm, offering its clients the energy, efficiency and creativity of a small, growing firm with the skills and experience of a larger firm. The firm serves the unique needs of the mid-sized market including advice on the internationalization of mid-size firms.  WKB’s attorneys’ experience is as diverse as its client base, and includes significant experience in traditional industries such as finance, project development, construction, intellectual property, WKB leverages its strengths to provide the same type of professional results as the larger firms but at far more competitive rates.

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Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP Welcomes Andrew Corcoran as New Partner

WASHINGTON, DC, July 17, 2017 – Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP is pleased to welcome the addition of Andrew Corcoran as Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Corcoran is licensed as an attorney in New York and the District of Columbia and will operate out of the Firm’s Maryland office. Mr. Corcoran is not licensed to practice in Maryland. Prior to joining WKB, Mr. Corcoran practiced at the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, for nearly 12 years.

“We are excited to have a partner of Andrew’s caliber join the firm and his personality fits our culture like a glove,” said Matthew C. Browndorf, Managing Partner of Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP. “He is an extremely effective litigator with sound judgement, and he is a great communicator. We look forward to a dynamic collaboration.”

Mr. Corcoran is a veteran litigator and enriches the Firm by adding fresh perspective to a growing pool of extremely talented attorneys. Some highlights from his career include: representing a Fortune 500 institutional bank in a civil litigation matter concerning terms of more than $1 billion commercial mortgage securitizations; resolving a highly complex dispute regarding damages for the destruction of industrial equipment valued in the millions; defending against class action lawsuits and RICO actions; defending against alleged securities violations; and setting precedent with a landmark case focused on enforcement of foreign judgments in the state of New York.

About Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP

WKB has offices strategically located in California, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Cologne, Germany (non-affiliate office); and London, England, with over 30 attorneys specializing in a comprehensive array of legal matters including administrative law, commercial litigation, intellectual property, information technology, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, structured products, and private equity.

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Summary of the US Delegation trip to Germany (May 5-8, 2017)

During a five-day trip to Germany in early May, the members of Senate of the Economy, Inc.’s Delegation met with their German counterparts. Attending from the United States were Leslie Williams, partner of Wilson, Keadjian, Browndorf LLP, her cofounder of the Senate, John Gosch of Prager, Metis, Jack Holcomb, a Los Angeles lawyer and cochair of the American Council on Germany, and the Senate’s President, Michael Rolland.

The Delegation first met on May 5 in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, to attend a daylong conference on “Best Practices of World Market Leaders from Baden Wurttemberg.” This Conference, sponsored by the Academy of World Market Leaders and the German Senat der Wirtschaft, included as key speakers Robert Friedmann, board member of Wuerth Group, Dr. Mark Hiller of Recaro Aircraft Seating AG, and Oliver Blume of Porsche AG. Of the best practices discussed were how the leaders entered foreign markets and not only maintained their presence there but grew. At the end of the Conference, Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Parliament, addressed the attendees, providing his perspective on the current economic and political climate in Europe.

The following day, the Delegation traveled to Hamburg to meet members of the German Senat and the former Vice President of the EU Commission, Günther Verheugen, for a discussion on Transatlantic Relations under the new Trump Presidency. In the evening, 50 members of the German Senat, all heads of companies, and the Delegates took an evening tour of the harbor in celebration of Hamburg’s Harbor Day.

On the final stop of the trip on May 8 in Berlin, the Delegates held an afternoon meeting with the Economic Minister of Rheinland-Pfalz, Dr. Volker Wissing to exchange of thoughts on prospects for trade and investment between this German state and the West Coast, notably in smart farming and biotechnology.

Innovators Can Sleep at Night if Their Trade Secrets Are Well Protected

Trade secrets are considered the oldest form of intellectual property in the world, and in the 21st century trade secret assets may become the largest, most lucrative driver for the United States in a world that largely tolerates theft of innovation. The motto “Don’t Innovate, Imitate” need not be an issue, though, when trade secret assets are well-protected.

Depending upon the type of trade secrets case, plaintiffs’ outcome may be more favorable when they elect to file in State courts, because of the “Uniform Trade Secrets Act” UTSA and its flexibility.

The UTSA has been a great success, with 99 percent of US states implementing its provisions. However, the Uniform Act does not encompass remedies for criminal prosecution. This has led to some jurisdictions adopting their own criminal law in respect to trade secrets.

By example, the adoption of criminal sanctions by California of the Penal Code § 499c, covers criminal prosecution for misappropriation of trade secrets.

Protection for misappropriation of trade secrets differs substantially between the California penal code and the recent “Defense of Trade Secrets Act” (DTSA) – Defend Trade Secrets Act. For example, Cal. Penal Code § 499c does not provide for the protection of trade secrets in the course of prosecution. Whether in practice California courts will protect the confidentiality of a trade secret, is dependent upon pursuit of protective relief from the Court.

In contrast, the DTSA requires the court to “take such . . . action as may be necessary and appropriate to preserve the confidentiality of trade secrets,” and creates a right of interlocutory appeal from any decision or order authorizing or directing the disclosure of a trade secret for the United States Government when prosecuting theft of trade secrets. Further, section 1835 of the DTSA as amended, additionally prevents courts from directing the disclosure of any information the owner asserts to be a trade secret without first allowing the owner to submit under seal a description of their interest in keeping the information confidential, and explicitly dictates that “the provision of information relating to a trade secret to the United States or the court in connection with a prosecution under that chapter shall not constitute a waiver of trade secret protection.”

In California, offenders convicted of theft of trade secrets under section § 499c of the penal code are guilty of theft, which (assuming the value of the secret(s) stolen is above $950). It can be a felony punishable by imprisonment up to three years (pursuant to the sentencing guidelines codified in Cal. Penal code § 1170h) and required restitution (Cal. Penal code 487). Further, § 499c codifies specific penalties, including imprisonment not exceeding one year (pursuant to the sentencing guidelines codified in Cal. Penal code § 1170h), or fines up to $5,000, or both, for those who induce another to misappropriate a trade secret.

The DTSA provides for significantly steeper penalties: imprisonment up to ten years, or fines up to $250,000 (18 U.S.C. § 3571), or both, or for organizations that engage in theft of trade secrets, fines (recently increased by the DTSA) up to the greater of $5,000,000 or three times the value of the trade secret to the organization (includingthe avoided cost of research and development).

DTSA further provides explicit immunity from criminal liability for whistle blowers, while Cal. Penal Code 499c has no such provision. The language of the elements of trade secret theft in § 499c is drafted in such a way as to appear to leave open to criminal prosecution of someone who acts with the intent to appropriate a trade secret even if they do so exclusively for the use of a law organization or other appropriate enforcement entity in the event of a “whistle blower” scenario. The Federal statute is explicitly applicable to foreign acts.

And, the DTSA dictates that §§ 1831-39 apply to conduct occurring outside the United States if the offender meets the following criteria: is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, or a corporation organized in the U.S., or if an act in furtherance of the offence was committed in the U.S. Cal. Penal Code § 499c is subject to the limitations of the extraterritoriality of California criminal law generally.

Key Differences Between the Federal Criminal Statute and the California Statute Relating to Theft of Trade Secrets

Accordingly, the key differences between the federal criminal statute and the California statute dealing with criminal conduct is that the federal statute provides a procedure which is efficient and, at the same time, protects the confidentiality of the trade secret. Further, the procedure against criminal conduct is stricter with DTSA.

Under the DTSA federal courts operates under a single, national standard for trade secret misappropriation and a transparent set of procedural rules, offering predictability and ease of use. Second, federal courts provide nationwide service of process and a unified approach to discovery, enabling quick action by trade secret owners even when confronted with actors in multiple jurisdictions. Third, as a result of their extensive experience with complex cross-border litigation involving intellectual property, federal courts would be able to resolve jurisdictional issues quickly and applications for injunctions or seizures fairly. Fourth, their generally more predictable discovery procedures will serve the legitimate needs of trade secret plaintiffs, who typically must develop most of the facts to prove their case through defendants and third parties.

Finally, while the DTSA is not preemptive and would allow litigants a choice to sue in state or federal court, the opponents fail to explain why having that choice should be deemed undesirable “forum-shopping,” any more so than in other areas, such as trademark and securities law, where concurrent state and federal jurisdiction has long existed.

If you’re looking for protection outside criminal acts, then the UTSA offers, essentially, reliably case law that can be highly beneficial to companies that operate across state lines and that have relied upon established commercial trade secrets standards. Thus, the trade secret protections that have been enacted for many years under the uniform trade secrets act provide reliable safeguards for the majority of trade secret disputes.

However, if is a plaintiff is seeking criminal sanctions, it may be prudent to proceed under the DTSA.


Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA)

Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA, 18 usca)

Cal Penal Code section § 499c

Principals In Los Angeles Law Firm, Shaub & Williams Join Irvine-Based Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP

LOS ANGELES – Attorneys David R. Shaub, Leslie Williams, and Lisbeth Bosshart Merrill have joined the law firm of Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP (WKB), a bicoastal, full-service white shoe firm. This move will expand the firm’s practice areas in patent litigation, intellectual property, and international business. Shaub will remain in the West Los Angeles office as WKB’s Managing Partner, and Williams and Merrill will work at the Firm’s flagship Irvine, California office. Williams will be a Corporate Transactions partner, while Merrill will head up the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Department.

David Shaub, whose primary interest lies in complex litigation and intellectual property protection, founded Shaub & Williams, LLP, in 1984. Leslie Williams, who later came onboard, specialized in European Union and transactional law, and was subsequently joined by Lisbeth Bosshart Merrill, whose practice areas include business litigation and transactions, international commercial arbitration, and intellectual property law with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation.
According to WKB Managing Partner Matthew Browndorf, the firm seeks to bring attorneys together who have extensive capabilities and a broad sphere of influence in the business communities from which they draw their clients.

“The Shaub & Williams team will add a dimension to WKB that focuses on the specialized legal areas that we are looking to expand, based upon client demand,” says Browndorf.

WKB has offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Cologne, Germany (non-affiliate office); and London, England, with over 30 attorneys specializing in a comprehensive array of legal matters. They range from administrative law, to commercial litigation, intellectual property, information technology, real estate, structured products, and private equity.

Building & Nurturing Relationships at ABS Vegas 2016

WKB sponsors one of the largest capital market conferences

WKB is proud to have attended the ABS 2016 conference held in Las Vegas Nevada from February 28th – March 2nd.  This conference is put on by the IMN and SFIG organizations and was attended by more than 6,000 of the most intelligent and prolific players within the capital markets; including, financial institutions, asset managers, regulatory agents and seasoned veterans from across the world.

The WKB team was honored to participate and help sponsor this event, it truly was an event to remember.  New relationships were formed and lasting friendships were nurtured while WKB’s Structured Products Group explained how the team plans to innovate within this dynamic market.

Thank you to all of those who visited the WKB booth and shared in the memories that is ABS Vegas 2016.

Matthew C. Browndorf and Jennifer Wilson-Harvey Unwind Affiliation

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Matthew C. Browndorf , the principal of Plutos Sama, LLC and Jennifer Wilson-Harvey, the principal of Wilson & Associates, PLLC, announce that as of October 1, 2015 they have formalized a transaction dissolving their affiliation and unwinding their minority ownership interests in Wilson & Associates, PLLC, and Wilson Harvey Browndorf, LLP and BP Law Group, LLP, respectively.

BP Law Group, LLP, founded in 2011 by Matthew C. Browndorf, a former Bryan Cave, LLP attorney, is a nationwide law firm dedicated to the liquidation of asset backed loans, nonperforming commercial and residential loans, mortgages and deeds of trust, and other real estate finance instruments. BP Law Group clients are owners of large portfolios of distressed commercial and residential real estate, who seek a one-stop solution to liquidate and monetize their portfolios.

Wilson & Associates, a law firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, with offices throughout Arkansas and Tennessee was founded in 1978 by the late Robby Wilson (1952 – 2012) to focus on the needs of banks and mortgage servicers. Jennifer Wilson-Harvey is the Managing Member of Wilson & Associates.

Wilson Harvey Browndorf, LLP, founded in 2013, is a white shoe, full-service law firm whose model is in line with the AM LAW 100 law firms. Its partners are former partners, counsel and associates from the largest U.S. law firms such as Bryan Cave, LLP, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, White & Case, LLP, Thacher Proffit & Wood, LLP, Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C., Edwards Angell, LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP. They also hail from Ivy League law schools and top colleges such as Loyola and Columbia, and various schools from the University of California.

As a result of the unwinding announced today, neither Matthew C. Browndorf nor his holding company, Plutos Sama, LLC, has any ownership interest in Wilson & Associates, PLLC and Jennifer Wilson-Harvey has no ownership interest in BP Law Group, LLP and Wilson Harvey Browndorf, LLP. Due to the departure of Jennifer Wilson-Harvey from Wilson Harvey Browndorf, LLP, the firm will be changing its name and is pleased to announce it will continue to provide its clients exceptional legal services under the new name Wilson Keadjian Browndorf, LLP.

About PLUTOS SAMA, LLC: Plutos Sama is a vertically integrated holding company, providing its clients with the legal resources needed to develop across a variety of sectors, asset classes and regions around the globe. The value add came in the form of being a one-stop-shop for our clients. Financing, technical expertise and business advice in countercyclical environments were necessary to add to business and increased partnerships. This is why we provide Plutos Sama. To learn more, please visit www.plutossama.com.

Rusama Limited, LLC Attends 4th Annual Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas Conference

Rusama Limited, LLC Attends 4th Annual Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas Conference

(New York, New York – December 7, 2014)  December 16-18, 2014, marks the 4th annual Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas Conference supported by the Kurdistan Regional Government (the “Conference”). Rusama Limited, LLC (“Rusama”), a subsidiary of Plutos Sama, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company, is in attendance of the Conference, among H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of Kurdistan, Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan; H.E. Dr. Rowsch N. Shaways, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Government of Iraq; H.E. Dr. Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural Resources, Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq; H.E. Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq, to name just a few of the influential Conference speakers. For a complete list of the 2014 Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas Conference speakers go to http://www.cwckiog.com/2014-conference/speakers/.

Rusama’s attendance is fueled by discussions of potential oil ventures and future business in petroleum products. Rusama attended the Conference to connect with top leaders in the Oil & Gas industry to ignite potential future business. Rusama is represented in the U.S. and London by its affiliate law firm, Wilson Harvey Browndorf, LLP (www.whpllp.com).

December 16, 2014, the day before the Conference commenced, encompassed legal workshops regarding the Iraqi Legal Framework for Oil & Gas and Overview of Key issues under Iraqi Law, Fiscal Terms in Iraq’s Petroleum Contract, Iraq’s Petroleum Contracts, Iraqi Tax Regime, and Upstream Mergers and Acquisitions in Iraq and Kurdistan. Additionally, on December 16, 2014 technical workshops were held encompassing Oil Field Services, Requirements for Oil Fields, Introduction to Oil & Gas Solutions, and Recruitment for the Oil & Gas Industry Operations.

December 17, 2014, the first day of the Conference, presented Ministerial Keynote speeches, Kurdistan’s Vison for 2015 Expansion, Enhancing Upstream Infrastructure Development Projects, and Accelerating the Future of the Oil & Gas Assets & Projects.

December 18, 2014, the last day of the 2014 Kurdistan-Iraq Oil and Gas Conference presents Keynote speeches, Natural Gas Utilization to Fuel the Energy Expansion, Financial Opportunities: Evaluating the Role of Strategic Investors in the Region, Strategic Investments in Local Capability to Create Sustainability, and Concluding Ministerial Panel: Local Content in the Region: Accelerating the Plans for Economic Development in all Sectors in the Region.  For the complete Conference schedule go to http://www.cwckiog.com/conference-programme/.


About Rusama Limited, LLC

RUSAMA LIMITED, LLC is a dedicated crude oil trading company, facilitating purchases & sales of petroleum products across the globe. A subsidiary of Plutos Sama, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company, Rusama Limited is represented in the U.S. and London by its affiliate law firm, Wilson Harvey Browndorf, LLP (www.wkbllp.com). Wilson Harvey Browndorf handles all of the legal and transactional due diligence, purchase and sales terms.