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Sara Hirshon Named to Benchmark Litigation's "Under 40 Hot List"

August 1, 2017 Press Releases

Verrill Dana partner Sara Hirshon was named to Benchmark Litigation's Second Annual Under 40 Hot List, honoring achievements of the nation's most notable up-and-coming litigation attorneys who are 40 years old and younger.

Hirshon is a member of the firm's Litigation & Trial and Intellectual Property & Technology Groups, assisting clients in effectively managing disputes through litigation, arbitration, and mediation. She has worked on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, closely held private companies, not-for-profit corporations, government agencies, families and individuals, to assist them in developing practical and efficient plans for achieving their goals. More specifically, Hirshon has experience helping both U.S. and foreign entities to protect their brand through management and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. In addition, Hirshon spearheaded the formation of the firm's Fashion & Design Law Group, which assists fashion and design companies globally with all aspects of business from brand development and management to vendor issues and dispute resolution. She also has broad experience in complex business disputes, franchise and dealer litigation, and family law. In addition, Hirshon is well-versed in e-discovery and received a certificate from Georgetown's E-Discovery Training Academy.

Last year, fellow Verrill Dana partner, Tim Shannon, was recognized on Benchmark Litigation's Inaugural Under 40 Hot List.

About Benchmark: Now in its tenth year of publication, Benchmark exclusively covers the litigation and disputes market in North America, covering the US, Canada and Mexico. The original publication, Benchmark Litigation-the definitive guide to America's leading litigation firms and attorneys-is the only publication to focus exclusively on US litigation. To learn more, visit www.benchmarklitigation.com

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