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CRA expands its Intellectual Property Practice

May 9, 2024

CRA has expanded its Intellectual Property Practice with the addition of 20 consultants including Chris Bakewell and Julia Rowe, who have joined the firm as vice presidents. Mr. Bakewell, along with the majority of the new team members, is based in Houston. Ms. Rowe is based in the firm’s Chicago office.

“This is a very exciting addition to our IP practice,” said CRA President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. “Rarely do we have an opportunity to bring in such an abundance of top talent all at once. Moreover, it is gratifying to welcome Chris and Julia back to CRA, as both worked here earlier in their careers.”

“Chris and Julia are recognized experts in the field and are joined by an impressive team of experienced consultants,” said CRA Intellectual Property Practice Leader Daniel McGavock. “I look forward to working with them to help clients address complex business and economic issues related to IP assets at a time when new technologies are both converging and developing rapidly, and the stakes are particularly high.”

Mr. Bakewell was previously a managing director and the leader of the intellectual property advisory services practice of a large financial risk and advisory firm. He is an expert in matters involving intellectual property valuation, licensing and strategy. In the context of litigation, he has extensive experience in matters involving patent infringement, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, trademark and copyright infringement, and international trade issues. Mr. Bakewell also has experience consulting and providing expert testimony regarding issues involving the value of rights of publicity and name, image and likeness (NIL).

Additionally, Mr. Bakewell is an accredited senior appraiser (ASA) and a certified licensing professional (CLP), and has been globally recognized as a top economic expert witness in multiple publications, as has the practice that he formed and led. Mr. Bakewell has a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Rowe was previously a managing director at a large financial risk and advisory firm. She has testified in high-profile cases involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and theft of trade secrets. She has extensive experience analyzing international trade issues, lost profits, reasonable royalties, and unjust enrichment.

Ms. Rowe is a certified public accountant (CPA) and has been nationally recognized as a top economic expert witness. Ms. Rowe has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a master of accountancy degree from DePaul University.

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