September 1, 2010
Cambridge, MA, September 1, 2010 – Lando and Anastasi, LLP (L&A) today announced that Craig R. Smith has joined the firm as a partner. "We are delighted to add Craig's outstanding litigation record and experience to our firm," said Ann Lamport Hammitte, an L&A partner. "He will be a terrific complement to our IP litigation and counseling practices."
Craig is a successful trial attorney who specializes in complex intellectual property litigation and client counseling. He will add depth to L&A's litigation team, and will bring additional big-firm experience and perspective to the services L&A provides its clients. "I am thrilled to join L&A," said Mr. Smith. "L&A's full complement of IP services is the perfect platform for my practice," he added.
Craig has gained the confidence and trust of clients by working closely with them to navigate effectively through adversarial situations and complex strategic challenges. Dave Elchoness, co-founder and CEO of Tagwhat commented, "As an attorney and high tech entrepreneur myself, I know how unique Craig's skills are and how valuable he is to his clients. Craig's legal advice and business judgment make him a great partner and friend to our business." David Rutter, CEO and President of DSA Detection remarked, "Craig has been our trusted advisor and litigation counsel for many years. His guidance has been invaluable in handling licensing negotiations and litigation."
Throughout his years in practice, Craig has participated in dozens of litigations. His technical expertise covers a wide range of areas, including computer software, semiconductors, mechanical devices, chemistry, optics and medical products. Some of the clients he has represented include Microsoft, Velcro, University of Massachusetts, NetCraft, DSA Detection, JK Sucralose and Insight Technologies.
Craig has been involved in matters before federal district courts and appellate courts, as well as the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the European Patent Office. One of his notable client victories is a recent case involving sugar chemistry, which he tried before the ITC. The ITC determined that the patent asserted against his client was not infringed and invalid. In addition, one of his jury trials, Arendi v. Microsoft, was selected by The National Law Journal for inclusion in its annual list of "Top Defense Wins."
Craig has been named a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer - Rising Star" for several years by Law & Politics magazine and the publishers of Boston Magazine. He also previously was recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of 15 "Up & Coming Lawyers".
Immediately prior to joining L&A, Craig was a Principal at Fish & Richardson in Boston. He is a graduate of New York University Law School, and received an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, from Manhattan College. He is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, New York, U.S. Federal District Courts and Appellate Courts throughout the country, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Lando & Anastasi, LLP specializes in intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and business transactions and related litigation. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, L&A provides its extensive client base with the comprehensive protection they need to grow their business and protect their intellectual property assets. Launched in June 2003, L&A challenges the traditional attorney-billing model used by most law firms and focuses on quality of client service while encouraging a more balanced professional and personal life. The firm has received national recognition in several publications.