Frank Evans Re-Appointed, Bill Hansen Named to Lathrop Gage Executive Committee


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 1, 2009) – Frank M. Evans, III (Business litigation - Springfield) was re-appointed to the Executive Committee of Lathrop Gage this week, while Bill Hansen (Intellectual Property - New York) will join the firm’s leadership group for the first time. Both terms are effective starting July 1, 2009, and both men will serve three-year terms.

The Executive Committee develops the firm’s strategic direction and policies, oversees the financial matters and department managers, and serves as a liaison to the firm’s regional offices and operating committees.

Mr. Evans has served in the past as the partner in charge of the firm’s office in Springfield, Mo., where he has maintained a civil trial practice of renown in that area since 1974. He has successfully represented business clients in jury and non-jury matters involving contracts, health care, antitrust, business tort claims and employment law. A regular inclusion in Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Evans has been active in community service in southwest Missouri.

Mr. Hansen, a veteran IP trial lawyer, replaces Andy Ramirez (Health Care – Overland Park), who chairs the firm’s Health care practice group. Mr. Hansen regularly serves as lead trial counsel in intellectual property matters for Fortune 500 U.S. companies and international companies in cases filed under the U.S. Lanham Act and copyright law. In addition to litigation, he has significant experience in all aspects of trademark practice, including U.S. Patent and Trademark Office practice, trademark clearance and counseling. Before joining Lathrop Gage, Mr. Hansen was a partner in Nims Howes, a law firm responsible for much of the framework of today's intellectual property law, especially cases involving trademark infringement, trade dress and unfair competition.

Other members of the Lathrop Gage Executive Committee are Bill Beck, Allison Bergman, Brian Fries, Bill Rudy, and Joel Voran.

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