(PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 9, 2016) Baer Crossey McDemus LLC, a Philadelphia-based law firm, is excited to welcome Sonja Strahm to the firm as a Partner. Sonja brings to the firm extensive experience advising clients on all aspects of technology and intellectual property transactions, including negotiating technology services and software and content licensing agreements, and professional services, development, collaboration, strategic partnership, manufacturing and distribution agreements. She has particular experience structuring and negotiating global business process (BPO), human resources (HRO) and information technology services (ITO) outsourcing transactions, including implementation support and ongoing relationship governance. Sonja’s intellectual property practice includes advising on enterprise IP strategy, IP portfolio management, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, infringement counseling and dispute resolution. Previously, she practiced in the Business and Finance group at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP, where she concentrated her work in technology and outsourcing transactions. She then served as a senior in-house counsel at a Fortune 500 company handling enterprise-wide commercial and licensing transactions, including key strategic business and technology initiatives, and managing the company’s trademark portfolio. Sonja obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she also served on the California Law Review. Sonja came to the United States from Switzerland, where she completed a Swiss law degree (magna cum laude) at the University of Fribourg, with a concentration in European Union law. Sonja is fluent in German and French and proficient in Spanish.
“We’ve been looking to deepen our technology and outsourcing bench with senior lawyers who have the right mix of sophisticated big law firm experience and in-house business savvy,” said Andrew Baer, a Managing Partner of the firm. “Landing top talent like this can be a challenge for a smaller entrepreneurial boutique law firm which is focused on offering affordable rate structures and alternative fee arrangements. Adding Sonja is a home run for us, and I know she will make a huge contribution to our rapidly growing technology practice.”
“Sonja was always a great colleague as well as a terrific transactional lawyer and business counselor,” said Michael Crossey, a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the firm who previously worked with Sonja at Morgan, Lewis. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to be working with her again.”
As part of its growth strategy, Baer Crossey McDemus continues to seek opportunities to augment the firm’s legal products and service offerings and attract experienced talent with the combination of business and legal acumen to support innovative and growth-oriented clients. The firm is committed to helping its clients, which range from pre-funded startups to Fortune 500 companies, build and protect value. The addition of highly experienced subject matter experts in the critical technology and outsourcing areas who share the firm’s entrepreneurial vision will fuel its continued growth in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets and its planned expansion into other technology hubs.
About Baer Crossey McDemus LLC
Baer Crossey McDemus LLC is a corporate, technology, intellectual property and emerging growth law firm that delivers next-generation counsel for innovative start-up and emerging growth companies and entrepreneurs, as well as efficiency-minded middle market and large corporate clients. Founded by former Morgan Lewis and Wolf Block attorney-entrepreneurs, the firm offers a cutting-edge yet affordable suite of products and services. Baer Crossey McDemus partners with emerging growth companies and also assists established businesses, non-profits and artists with the intricacies of technology, intellectual property and corporate law. Baer Crossey McDemus’ attorneys have large firm backgrounds, but they are also entrepreneurs, software and app developers, and bloggers themselves, as well as proud sponsors of Philadelphia-area bootstrapping organizations, charities, non-profits and the arts. Baer Crossey McDemus maintains offices in Center City Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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