Cadwalader Attorneys Honored with Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for Sixth Time

June 02, 2009

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms, announces that partner Dorothy Auth and associates Andrew C. Chien and John Peter Halski have been selected to receive the 2009 Burton Award for in Legal Writing, marking the sixth consecutive year the firm’s lawyers have been recognized for effective legal writing. Dr. Auth and Messrs. Chien and Halski are to be presented the award at a June 15 ceremony at the Library of Congress for their article entitled “Inter Partes Re-examination: What Lies Ahead,” published in The National Law Journal on August 18, 2008.

Presented annually by The Burton Foundation, a not-for-profit, cultural and academic organization devoted to promoting the legal profession, this  national award program is dedicated to refining the use of plain, clear and concise language in legal writing by lawyers and law school students. The tenth anniversary awards ceremony will also feature awards to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, author Bryan Garner, retired New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, and television screenwriter David E. Kelley.

“We are honored that the firm has consistently been recognized as a leader in legal writing and congratulate Dorothy, Andrew and John on this outstanding achievement,” stated Christopher White, Chairman of the firm.

Dr. Auth is a partner and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She has more than 17 years of experience in complex patent litigation, as well as licensing, patent procurement, and intellectual property counseling in the United States and abroad. Her experience spans diverse industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical devices, as well as consumer products, computers, and other mechanical devices. Mr. Chien and Mr. Halski focus in the area of intellectual property litigation in the pharmaceuticals and medical devices fields, as well as client counseling, legal opinions, and patent prosecution.