Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property and litigation law firm, today announced that its first Pro Bono Achievement Award has been presented to Karen Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons is being honored for the volunteer pro bono work she performed in correlation with the Children's Law Center.
Fitzsimmons, who dedicated more than 120 pro bono hours over the course of nine months, is being honored for her commitment to helping two sisters, who were in the Minnesota foster care system, find a permanent home with their natural father. Her practice focuses on general intellectual property law with an emphasis on the procurement of U.S. and foreign patent rights with a concentration on the mechanical and electrical arts.
In addition, Merchant & Gould also announced that Matt Doscotch has assumed the position of pro bono coordinator at the firm. His responsibilities will include supporting attorneys who wish to donate their time to pro bono cases and matching their experience with various organizations that need legal assistance. His practice includes intellectual property litigation, consisting of complex patent, trademark and copyright matters.