Valley Forge, Pa., December 2010 – Visionary leader, Paul F. Prestia, who presently serves as CEO and President of RatnerPrestia, has spent the last thirty years developing a thriving law firm based on a culture of excellence. And now, with all of the building blocks of success in place, Prestia will turn his attention to new challenges as he assumes the role of Senior Counselor and Strategic Advisor. Effective February 1, 2011, Jonathan H. Spadt, who has been with the firm since 1997, becomes the firm’s new CEO and President.
Recognizing the many issues that arise in law firms when transitioning to new leadership, Prestia initiated a transition plan that has evolved over a number of years, under his leadership, with a strong Management Committee. Spadt has served on that Committee and chaired the firm’s IP Strategy and Risk Management Group since 2006. “The firm is fortunate and I am personally gratified to know that Jon, with his vision and his management skills, will now lead the firm as it continues to grow and prosper. This is a time of great opportunity for us and the prospect that we are entering a significant growth phase in the next few years makes this transition even more exciting,” said Prestia.
Prestia will continue as a Director of RatnerPrestia and as a member of the Management Committee. In addition to continuing to represent and counsel clients in complex IP matters, he will also maintain responsibility for Ethics and Professionalism within the firm. Prestia also plans to expand his business development activities, with a particular focus on developing relationships with Chinese companies, research organizations and law firms.
Spadt thanked his fellow Shareholders for the honor and the challenge of succeeding such a highly regarded colleague with a tribute to Prestia: “With Paul at the helm, RatnerPrestia has become one of the preeminent intellectual property law firms in the country and I am tremendously excited to meet the challenge of continuing the firm’s growth and development. Paul’s sophisticated leadership will continue to provide guidance to firm management on issues relevant to our emerging global position. We are fortunate that he will continue to do something he has always excelled at - looking ahead.”
Practicing exclusively intellectual property law, RatnerPrestia has assembled an elite group of professionals with the backgrounds and experiences to allow the firm to provide intelligent, practical, cost-effective counseling to clients who need legal advice in the context of business decisions. This philosophy has allowed RatnerPrestia to successfully partner with its clients and further their business interests. Serving a wide range of international and national clients of all sizes in essentially all technologies, all trademark regimes, patent offices and courts, RatnerPrestia is a full service IP firm with a 30 year proven track record of success. For additional information, visit www.RatnerPrestia.com