William R. Coffey now serves as retired of counsel in the firm's Intellectual Property Department. He has served several U.S. and foreign companies in connection with intellectual property and trade regulation matters including the legal framework involved in marketing their products and services.
William is a former chairman of the Patent and Trademark Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.
William attended the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, where he received a B.S. degree in 1959 in industrial engineering with a mechanical engineering option in studies. He attended Indiana University Law School Indianapolis, graduating with a J.D. in 1963. He worked for five years as an engineer before entering the legal profession in 1964. His former intellectual property law firm, Jenkins, Coffey, Hyland, Badger, and Conard, merged with Barnes & Thornburg in 1982, making the firm the first full-service law firm in the state to have a substantial group of lawyers, all with engineering or science degrees, who practice exclusively in the areas of intellectual property and trade regulation.