Ballard Spahr partners William H. Needle, Sumner C. Rosenberg, and Lawrence K. Nodine have been named Masters of the Bench of the newly formed Atlanta Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.

American Inns of Court are associations of judges, lawyers, law professors, and law students and are designed to improve skills, ethics, and professionalism. Their 25,000 members are categorized by level of experience. Masters of the Bench include judges and the most experienced lawyers. They share their insights with younger attorneys (Barristers and Associates) and law students (Pupils).

Messrs. Needle and Rosenberg led the prominent Atlanta intellectual property firm Needle & Rosenberg, which was acquired by Ballard Spahr in 2008. Today, they are chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department and Managing Partner of the Atlanta office, respectively. Mr. Nodine is partner-in-charge of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation practice and a past president of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Collectively, they have more than 100 years of experience in law and play significant roles in Ballard Spahr's intellectual property practice, which counsels clients worldwide on matters including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, IP due diligence, licensing, Internet issues, entertainment, and media.

"We're honored by the Inn's gracious invitation to join its mission to further improve legal practice, particularly in the intellectual property arena," said Mr. Needle. "We're looking forward to this unique opportunity to share with and learn from our colleagues in the field."

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