January 24, 2011

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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Adds Shareholder Fredric D. Bellamy from Steptoe & Johnson

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, a leading law firm in the West, with offices in Arizona and Colorado, today announced it had hired Fredric D. Bellamy as a shareholder. Bellamy previously was a shareholder in the Phoenix office of Steptoe and Johnson.

"Fred is one of the leading lights in the Arizona Bar, the technology community, and among litigators. He's highly esteemed, is a true gentleman, and we think he is a perfect fit to join our litigation team," said Rodolfo "Rudy" Parga, Jr., Ryley Carlock & Applewhite's Managing Shareholder. "The legal landscape is changing in Arizona, and we are very proud to be part of that change. Fred's addition helps us continue our focus of providing clients a wide range of valuable services that meet their business needs," he said.

Bellamy has a wide ranging practice which encompasses both environmental and IP litigation. In serving as counsel in environmental and toxic tort cases, he has defended clients against class actions regarding contamination and claims for medical monitoring, including complex cases that have lasted as long as two decades. He has represented clients not only in civil litigation, but also in matters involving federal and state agency investigations, enforcement actions, citations and administrative and regulatory proceedings, including appeals. In addition to representing clients before federal and state agencies, Bellamy has been involved in matters involving municipalities and Native American Tribes.

In intellectual property, Bellamy's practice includes litigation of intellectual property and technology-related matters, including anti-piracy suits; trademark infringement and unfair competition actions; misappropriation of trade secrets; covenants not to compete and employee raiding actions; Internet- and e-commerce-related litigation; and issues relating to violations of federal communications laws. He also counsels clients on intellectual property protection issues, with clients ranging from start-up businesses to one of the nation's busiest major airports.

Bellamy has been recognized by a number of organizations including Best Lawyers in America 2008-2011, Information Technology Law; Chambers USA 2007-2010, Environment (Arizona); and Southwest Super Lawyers 2007-2010, Intellectual Property Litigation". In 2007, he also received the prestigious Burton Award for Legal Achievement. He is a former chair of the State Bar of Arizona Intellectual Property Section and the E-Commerce, Internet & Technology Law Section. He is a Harvard Law graduate and earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard.

"Ryley Carlock has built and continues to build a cohesive, excellent team of lawyers who are attuned to the specific needs of the businesses in this region," said Bellamy. "I am very excited with this new chapter of my practice, he said."