Pamela "Pam" Church has been named Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Intellectual Property Practice.

Based in New York, Pam brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, advising clients on the intellectual property aspects of M&A, joint ventures, business reorganization and licensing and franchises. Most recently, she led Baker McKenzie's New York IP Practice, and she serves as a member of the Firm's Global IP Steering Committee, which oversees more than 400 IP lawyers in 40 countries. She succeeds Kevin O'Brien, who will continue his active IP practice.

"I am honored to serve as Chair of the North America Intellectual Property Practice," Pam said. "This is an opportunity to build on the exceptional work of my predecessors, and I am thankful to Kevin for his many years of dedicated leadership. I am excited to work closely with my talented colleagues as we help our clients navigate an increasingly competitive global marketplace."

Pam has been recognized by Chambers USA and the Legal 500 USA for her work counseling media and entertainment, luxury goods and fashion, consumer products, financial services and technology companies in the establishment and implementation of comprehensive IP protection, licensing, merchandising, enforcement and anti-piracy programs. She is also a frequent speaker and author on emerging IP issues and technology.

"Pam brings a practical and business-minded approach to her practice that will serve both our IP practitioners and clients well as she leads our group in North America," said John Flaim, Chair of the Firm's Global Intellectual Property Practice. "Baker McKenzie's Intellectual Property Practice, ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global for the past nine consecutive years, covers the full scope of IP services in more jurisdictions than any other law firm, and I look forward to working with Pam to advance our offerings."

Added Colin Murray, the Firm's Managing Partner in North America, "Pam is a proven leader at our Firm and a highly regarded IP practitioner, with decades of experience providing sophisticated advice to the world’s leading luxury and fashion brands. I am pleased to welcome her to this important role, and I am confident she will provide a strong strategic direction for the practice as we focus on further strengthening our IP capabilities across North America."

In addition to her practice, Pam contributes her time to pro bono initiatives at Baker McKenzie, as well as to mentoring other women lawyers in the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice, where women represent more than half of the attorneys. She has also taught International Intellectual Property Law at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Division of Programs in Business.

An undergraduate alumna of Yale University, Pam received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and speaks four languages, including English, French, German and Greek.

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