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Herbert Smith Freehills' Disputes partner Laura Orlando has been listed as one of Italy's leading lawyers for the second consecutive year. 

She has been recognised by Italy's leading legal publisher, Legalcommunity, in an annual ranking which identifies the top 50 Italian lawyers who have made a significant difference in shaping the Italian market.  Laura is one of only 5 women listed and the second youngest lawyer in the list.

Laura specialises in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property, with a focus on patent and regulatory law in the life sciences sector. She has acted in some of the highest profile multi-jurisdictional patent cases in the sector and also offers experience in a broad cross-section of industries, notably food, chemicals, consumer products, TMT and electronics, fashion and industrial design.

Laura is the Managing Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills' Milan office and an EMEA regional co-lead partner in the firm's pharmaceutical sector group.  She is recognised as one of the leading Italian patent litigators in the pharmaceutical field and acts as the Executive Secretary of the Life Sciences group of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy.

Laura's appearance in Legalcommunty's list follows her being named IP Lawyer of the Year at the prestigious LegalCommunity IP & TMT Awards in Italy, earlier this year.  Both awards add to the Milan office's track record of achievements, following Laura's 2018 Intellectual Property (Patents) - best lawyer award for Italy at the International Client Choice Awards as well as being named Biomedical Lawyer of the Year 2018 at the Italian TopLegal Industry Awards, and Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year 2018 at the LegalCommunity IP&TMT Awards.

Mark Shillito, Global Head of IP commented 'Laura is a formidable force in the Italian market and we are thrilled to be congratulating her for yet another of Italy's highly prestigious awards. Under her strategic management, our Milan office continues to go from strength to strength.  Many congratulations Laura.'

The 2019 list was published on 11 November by MAG, the Legalcommunity magazine, available here:

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