Kirby Drake & Gary Sorden Named as Texas Rising Stars

DALLAS – Klemchuk LLP, a leading intellectual property (IP) law firm, announces the recognition of Kirby Drake and Gary Sorden as 2016 Rising Stars in Intellectual Property Litigation by Texas Super Lawyers magazine, a Thomson Reuters service. Rising Stars are heavily assessed by Texas Super Lawyers through a meticulous selection process, and must meet the publication’s strict set of guidelines. To qualify, lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys age 40 or under, or those who have been practicing for 10 years or fewer. In order for an attorney to be nominated, another lawyer must personally observe these individuals in action. Additionally, an attorney-led research team reviews the credentials of potential candidates and assigns points based on a set of defined evaluation criteria. Those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars.

Drake, Managing Principal at Klemchuk LLP, has been recognized as a Rising Star nine times since 2007. Sorden, who is also a Managing Principal at the firm, has been recognized as a Rising Star for the last five consecutive years.

“We are proud to have such talented attorneys on our team, representing the firm. We are constantly impressed by Kirby’s efficiency and quality of her work, and few attorneys advocate for their clients as well as Gary does,” said Darin M. Klemchuk, Managing Partner. “We are excited that other legal professionals are recognizing them for their work.”

Drake is experienced in many areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trade secret, and trademark matters. She focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution, addressing a broad range of technologies, including chemical, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, aerospace, and computer-related matters. Drake has a wide range of litigation experience, largely focused on patent litigation, having been an integral part of trial teams working on matters from the initial filing phase through trial, both on the plaintiff as well as on the defense side. She also has significant experience in electronic discovery in various types of litigation matters, including managing various e-discovery platforms, and she also regularly writes and speaks on this and other subjects.

Drake earned a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in chemistry from Duke University.

Sorden primarily focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation in the areas of software, electrical, mechanical, semiconductor, and chemical technologies. He has represented clients in federal and state matters before trial and appellate courts as well as alternative dispute resolution forums. His experience also includes representing clients in a wide variety of matters including real estate, commercial, oil and gas, business, environmental, securities actions, class actions, product liability, trademark, copyright, and patent disputes. Sorden’s diverse litigation experience allows him to provide comprehensive representation in a wide-variety of litigation matters while also maintaining the business objectives of his clients.

Sorden earned his law degree from Texas Tech School of Law and holds a M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University as well as a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas – Pan American.

The complete list of Rising Stars can be found online in the magazine’s Texas Rising Stars 2016 issue at

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