History of LAWorld

LAWorld was established in 1997 when several prominent European lawyers, all members of the International Bar Association, met in London at the invitation of an English law firm, Kenneth Elliott & Rowe. These firms formed LAWorld, a legal network of mid sized European law firms who were able to communicate quickly and effectively using the latest internet technology. Email was a critical route to connect these lawyers to quality cost efficient legal advice for their international clients throughout Europe.

LAWorld Ltd is a company registered in the UK.

In 1999 the network was expanded to welcome member firms from The Americas and Asia/Pacific regions and has continued to grow every year since.

To facilitate overall administration and to develop marketing initiatives for the network, the network has an Executive Office based in Europe.

Members meet in person at least once a year at the annual conference and AGM and also at Regional meetings and through the International Bar Association Conferences.

The future

The principal aim for LAWorld is to focus on strategic member expansion in new jurisdictions, develop effective marketing programmes for its members and continue its commitment to delivering quality legal services anywhere in the world.


LAWorld News

Nexsen Pruet Law Firm in The Carolinas, USA strengthens its intellectual property capabilities

Patent attorney Dave Krasnow has joined Nexsen Pruet as a Member and will practice in the firm´s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Krasnow, who has nearly three decades of intellectual property experience, focuses his practice primarily on chemical patents.  He has represented clients in virtually every aspect of patent issues – from due diligence to rendering opinions to litigation – and is well versed in invalidity and infringement as well as intellectual property and valuation matters in complex merger, acquisition, divestiture, and initial public offering activities.  

"Dave brings a unique level of knowledge and expertise to matters involving chemical patents," said John Sowards, Firm Chairman.  "His experience as in-house counsel – combined with his strong academic background in chemistry – adds a certain value that you just can´t find in a lot of attorneys.  His real-world understanding of the issues and practical approaches to protecting intellectual property will surely bring big benefits to current and prospective clients of Nexsen Pruet."  

Krasnow provides counsel on patents involving polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, optics, ocular science, pharmaceuticals, industrial gases, raw and specialty chemicals, coatings, refractory materials, material deposition, and medical devices.  

His background includes working as in-house counsel for Bausch & Lomb, Inc., and practicing with firms in the Carolinas, New York, and Washington D.C.  He is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Georgia as well as the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States District Courts of Virginia and North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Krasnow is active in a number of professional organizations and is the Founder and two-time Past President of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association in Raleigh.  He has also served as a past Director of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, he was listed in Business North Carolina´s Legal Elite Hall of Fame in the category of Intellectual Property.  He has also been named a Global Intellectual Property Luminary by IP World.

Krasnow earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Southampton College in New York and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.  

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 195 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C.  Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues. 

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Europe/Middle East Regional Meeting (Milan) from 5pm on Friday the 18th of September, 2015 to 5pm on Saturday the 19th of September, 2015

2015 LAWorld Annual Conference & AGM (Washington DC, USA) from 5pm on Tuesday the 28th of April, 2015 to 2pm on Friday the 1st of May, 2015

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