WH&E opens a new office in Louisville, Ky.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2007

Wood Herron & Evans is opening an office in Louisville - Business Courier of Cincinnati - by Lisa Biank Fasig - Staff Reporter - 8/24/2007.

The law firm of Wood Herron & Evans, the 139-year-old intellectual law practice that recently began expanding its offices in Carew Tower, is now opening its first location outside of Cincinnati.

The 1,100-square-foot office will open Sept. 13 in downtown Louisville at the National City Bank Tower. It will employ two people for now: firm partner Scott Stinebruner, a Louisville native, and an assistant. Plans are to add one attorney a year for the next three to five years.

The move will enable Stinebruner to return to Louisville after 10 years in Cincinnati, said James Crosset, the law firm's administrator. But he said Louisville also offers a marketing opportunity. "There really is not an intellectual property law firm of our size and capabilities with a presence in Louisville," he said. The practice employs 108 people, including 44 attorneys, and specializes in patent, trademark and copyright issues, with work ranging from licensing to infringement litigation.

Stinebruner specializes in patent prosecution in software and electronics. Clients in Louisville include Lantech Inc., the University of Louisville, and WireCrafters LLC.

"Intellectual property has been a field of law that's greatly expanding in the last five to 10 years," said John Norwine, executive director of the Cincinnati Bar Association. "(There's) probably more significant growth in that area than any other area of law."

This is the first branch office in the history of Wood Herron & Evans, which has operated out of Carew Tower since the building was completed in 1930. The firm, which has been growing its employee base by as much as 8 percent annually, is in the process of remodeling and expanding its space at Carew Tower, taking on an additional floor to occupy six stories.