Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck continues to add top talent to its growing Las Vegas office, hiring shareholder Jason D. Firth. Firth, previously the trademark practice group leader at the Las Vegas office of Greenberg Traurig, will lead the formation of the intellectual property practice group in Brownstein’s Las Vegas office. Joining the firm with Firth are attorney Kelley L. Nyquist, law clerk Erin Lewis, and staff members Julie Obermeyer, Zoe Sotelo and Monique Valenciano, who also worked at Greenberg Traurig.
“Firth’s reputation as a powerhouse lawyer and his depth of experience in intellectual property matters make him the ideal leader to cultivate our new intellectual property practice group,” said Ellen Schulhofer, managing partner of Brownstein’s Las Vegas office. “As our firm continues to grow on both a local and national level, we are constantly looking for new practice areas. Adding an intellectual property practice group to our Las Vegas office enhances our ability to serve our clients.”
The new Las Vegas intellectual property group will work closely with Brownstein’s existing Denver-based group to manage all aspects of clients’ intellectual property assets including trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets and rights of publicity. Additionally, the group will represent clients in litigation matters related to the protection of intellectual property rights. Firth will serve as the practice group leader, responsible for managing its operations and actively expanding its team and client base.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the most respected law firms in the western U.S.,” Firth said. “I look forward to working with Brownstein’s robust Vegas team of gaming, corporate, land use, real estate and litigation attorneys.”
With extensive experience in counseling clients on establishing, protecting and defending copyright and trademark rights, Firth has represented international gaming resort companies, some of the world’s top-rated golf courses, cigar, clothing, jewelry and technology brands. He represents clients in litigation, including trademark, rights of publicity, unfair competition and copyright litigation. He has overseen trademark litigation throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, Firth handles beverage distribution matters, domain name disputes, publishing agreements and licensing negotiations. Previously, Firth served as senior trademark counsel at Palm, Inc. where he oversaw the legal aspects of Palm’s global re-branding.
In addition to being the Nevada chair of the International Trademark Association’s State Trademark Legislation Committee, he is a board member of the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Firth is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars on intellectual property issues.
Nyquist, an associate, will continue to focus her practice on intellectual property rights and entertainment law. She has experience counseling clients on establishing, protecting and defending copyright and trademark rights, both foreign and domestic, and on the Internet. Nyquist received her juris doctor from the University of Nevada William S. Boyd School of Law and was an All-American/MIAA All-Conference college basketball champion.