Arent Fox Announces 2015 Promotions to Partner and Counsel

Washington, DC — Arent Fox LLP is proud to announce the election of four new partners and one new counsel, effective January 1, 2015. The new partners include Karen Ellis Carr, Sheree Rowe, and Stephanie Trunk, and James M. Westerlind was promoted to counsel.

"On behalf of the partnership, I congratulate these outstanding lawyers for their well-deserved promotion,” said Managing Partner Matthew J. Clark. “The firm is confident that they will continue to demonstrate the talent, hard work, and innovative thinking that our clients have come to expect from Arent Fox.”

The Firm’s Newest Partners

Karen Ellis Carr was an associate in the firm’s Complex Litigation practice group. She concentrates her litigation practice on commercial and regulatory disputes and has litigated and arbitrated a broad range of cases, including matters arising in the areas of environmental, pesticide data compensation, food safety, intellectual property, contracts and business torts, real estate, and construction. Ms. Carr’s regulatory practice is focused on biotechnology, agriculture, and chemical regulation. She has counseled clients in all phases of litigation and has represented companies in a broad range of sectors, including fashion and luxury goods, real estate, construction, defense contracting, health care, hospitality, media and entertainment, and professional sports industries. Ms. Carr has served on the Firm’s Employment, Pro Bono, and Associates Committees and is a member of the Advisory Board for Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Before joining Arent Fox, Ms. Carr served as a law clerk for Chief Judge James P. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Ms. Carr received her JD from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Sheree Rowe was an associate in the firm’s Patent group. Her experience includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of medical devices, mechanical and electrical products, computer software, methods of doing business, and telecommunications. In addition to patent prosecution, she has experience providing patent infringement and validity opinions, patent landscaping analyses, and other legal analyses.  Prior to joining Arent Fox, Ms. Rowe was a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where she examined electric discharge devices. Ms. Rowe received her JD from the George Washington University School of Law.

Stephanie Trunk was an associate in the firm’s Health Care practice group. She focuses her practice on counseling pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, distributors and their customers, including pharmacy benefit managers, on regulatory, reimbursement, and compliance matters. Her practice extends to counseling on drug pricing and government price reporting, HIPAA and privacy matters, counseling on Medicare Part D, developing corporate compliance programs, representing clients in contract negotiations, and providing transactional support to her clients. Ms. Trunk received her JD from the George Washington University School of Law.

The Firm’s Newest Counsel

James M. Westerlind was an associate in the firm’s Complex Litigation practice. He has currently been focusing on representing auto dealers in franchise disputes with auto manufacturers in various federal and state actions and administrative proceedings. Mr. Westerlind recently first-chaired a termination case, prevailing on behalf his dealer client after a two-week trial before the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Safety and Business Hearings. Mr. Westerlind’s practice also focuses on resolving insurance and reinsurance disputes, including coverage issues on behalf of policyholders and carriers. He received his JD from the St. John’s University School of Law.

About Arent Fox
Founded in 1942, Arent Fox is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and the law intersect. With more than 400 lawyers, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to a global roster of corporations, governments, and trade associations. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

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