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Vance VanDrake named to the Cincinnati Business Courier's 2011 "Forty Under 40" list

CINCINNATI— Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that Vance VanDrake, an attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice, has been named to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2011 “Forty Under 40” list.

The list, one of the most sought-after and prestigious in the Greater Cincinnati region, has honored the area’s best young talent since 1995. This year, a 28-member panel combed through nearly 470 nominations to select 40 young people in the region that represent the next generation of business leaders and innovators. 2011 honorees will be recognized at an awards luncheon and celebration on September 22 at Music Hall, as well is in a special “Forty Under 40” supplement to the Business Courier.

“Vance is a rare attorney in the sense that not only does he posses tremendous legal skill, but he combines that skill with a genuine passion for assisting entrepreneurs and start-up companies in addressing their unique business challenges on the way to becoming successful businesses,” said Peter Rome, chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Business Law Practice. “This honor is richly deserved and we applaud Vance on his achievement.”

Mr. VanDrake is a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on the intellectual property needs of small to mid-sized businesses. He is active in the Angel and Venture communities, has co-founded three companies himself, and serves clients in all aspects of patent prosecution and in the development of comprehensive intellectual property strategies. Mr. VanDrake is experienced in a broad range of technologies, including mechanical, medical device, electrical, telecommunications, materials, software and business methods.

Mr. VanDrake is a member of the Board of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, an organization dedicated to sustaining the region’s entrepreneurial culture by connecting entrepreneurs and investors through a variety of programming and networking events. He volunteers more than 500 hours each year, mentoring and assisting entrepreneurs with business development and intellectual property development and strategy.

“Vance’s dedication to his clients, and devotion of so much of his time outside the office to facilitating success for entrepreneurs and start-ups, is unparalleled in our community,” said Scott Kadish, partner in charge of Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office. “We are proud to call Vance one of our own and commend him on his recognition.”

Mr. VanDrake earned his B.S. from Butler University and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a member of Law Review.


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Ulmer & Berne, established in 1908, is a full-service law firm with more than 180 attorneys practicing in its Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Chicago offices. Our lawyers represent publicly traded and privately held companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, pharmaceutical companies, family offices, international joint ventures and affiliations, investor groups, start-ups and emerging businesses, public bodies and nonprofit organizations. The Firm has been ranked by general counsel among
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