Ex-Kirkland Partner Will Head Up Patent Litigation for Stroock
Longtime Kirkland IP partner Timothy Gilman said he saw opportunities in Stroock's "nimbler" practice.

Patrick Smith | September 09, 2019. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan announced a new leader for its patent litigation group Monday, tapping longtime Kirkland & Ellis partner Timothy Gilman for the role. Gilman will be based out of Stroock’s New York office.

”“I was at Kirkland for 16 years and had a really good experience there,” Gilman said. “But where Stroock is on the growth curve, they have a nimbler, more compact group and that provides opportunities.”

Gilman said that, this being his first day, he was unsure as to what level of business would follow him in the move, but did say that the feedback he had gotten from his clients thus far was positive and he hoped they continue to value his counsel.

“Our firm is in growth mode generally,” said Ian DiBernardo, co-practice group leader of IP and technology at Stroock, “and IP and patent litigation is certainly a focus.”

DiBernardo said that although he wasn’t sure if additional head count would be added to the practice in 2019, the firm and the practice group will continue to evaluate potential talent for practice growth.

According to a press release, Gilman has litigated in a variety of fields, including “energy, computer technology, life sciences and industrial manufacturing.” The firm said Gilman also has experience in international arbitration.

His past clients have included Schlumberger Technology Corp., Baker Hughes, Lucent Technologies Inc., Boston Scientific Corp. and GlaxoSmithKline.

DiBernardo said one of the reasons Stroock was attracted to Gilman was the breadth of his industry experience.

Stroock’s IP group works with a range of companies from startups and international corporations through to individual inventors and hedge funds, the firm said.

“Stroock has sophisticated lawyers across many practice areas and, in particular, in representing clients in a full range of IP matters,” Gilman said in a statement. “I’m excited to work with the Stroock lawyers I have met and look forward to not only growing my practice but to build on their success in IP.”

Gilman is the seventh lateral partner hire of 2019, according to firm data, and the fourth litigator to join the practice in the last year.

Stroock had a series of departures in April and May of this year when six partners left in the two month span. The firm said then that the timing of when partner payments are made contributed to the string of moves and that it did not anticipate any more attorneys leaving in 2019.

“Stroock 2020,” the firm’s strategic growth plan put into place in 2017, was expected to shake a few things up as the firm re-prioritized certain practice areas. Those changes were implemented in full in 2018 and certain partner exits were anticipated once partners received their 2018 payouts in early 2019, the firm said earlier this year.

Prior joining Stroock, Gilman spent just over 16 years at Kirkland, where he went straight out of law school.

A spokesperson for Kirkland said, “We enjoyed working with Tim and we wish him well in his career.”

Stroock Bolsters IP Practice With Litigation Partner Timothy Gilman
Firm Continues Wave of Lateral Growth

New York, September 9, 2019 —Timothy Gilman, an intellectual property litigator whose experience spans a range of technologies and industries, has joined Stroock in its New York office as Head of Patent Litigation.

Tim joins from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he also was a partner. He has an extensive history of litigation and trial success, spanning industries as varied as energy, computer technology, life sciences and industrial manufacturing. He additionally focuses on licensing efforts and portfolio-level strategies, and his experience includes international arbitration and other global proceedings as well.

“There are only a few IP litigators with a track record rivaling what Tim brings to Stroock,” said Alan Klinger, the firm’s co-managing partner. Ian DiBernardo, co-practice group leader of IP and Technology, added: “Our IP team combines business-focused guidance with an active litigation practice, and I’m confident that Tim will be an ideal complement to both aspects.”

Tim’s hire marks the seventh lateral partner to join Stroock in 2019, as well as the fourth litigator in the past year..

“Stroock has sophisticated lawyers across many practice areas and, in particular, in representing clients in a full range of IP matters,” Tim said. “I’m excited to work with the Stroock lawyers I have met and look forward to not only growing my practice but to build on their success in IP.”

Stroock’s Intellectual Property Group provides comprehensive business and technology solutions to emerging companies, private equity and hedge funds, large multinational corporations and individual inventors in industries as diverse as electronics, computer software, consumer products, entertainment, life style brands, life sciences and financial services.

Sheppard Mullin Lands Seven-Attorney Real Estate Group In New York
Veteran Team’s Turnkey Transactional Practice Strengthens and Expands Firm’s East Coast Real Estate Capabilities

(October 29, 2018, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP) Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce seven attorneys have joined the firm’s Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental practice group in New York from Venable LLP. Among the group joining are partners Peter G. Koffler, formerly chair of Venable’s New York Real Estate practice group and vice chair of the firm’s national practice, Brian N. Gurtman and Ross A. Honig; special counsel Julia Geykhman, Robert J. Gorzelany and Lee Weiss; and associate Jared Wachtler.

"We enthusiastically welcome Peter, Brian and Ross and their team to the firm," said Guy N. Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin." The firm has a leading real estate practice nationally, and this group significantly enhances our capabilities in New York and nationwide. These highly accomplished attorneys have worked on numerous high-profile, multi-state deals and counsel some of the leading investment management firms in real estate matters. The firm and our clients will benefit greatly from their addition." Real Estate practice group leader Nancy Scull added, "This turnkey group brings outstanding East Coast real estate credentials to our firm. Their complex commercial real estate experience involving signature acquisitions, sales, leases, development and finance transactions is an ideal complement to Sheppard Mullin’s leading real estate practice."

"Sheppard Mullin’s highly regarded real estate practice has an outstanding reputation and a deep bench of talent," commented Koffler, who will lead the group in New York. "We were extremely excited by the opportunity of expanding the firm’s Real Estate practice in New York. Sheppard Mullin’s global footprint provides an incredible platform to serve our clients, and this strategic move is the perfect fit for us."

Peter G. Koffler

Koffler has more than 30 years of broad-based transactional real estate experience, working on complex and high-profile matters in New York City and nationally. His diverse practice focuses on all areas of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, leasing, sale/leaseback transactions, construction/development, and financings. He frequently advises on complex transactions involving a wide variety of property types including office, multi-family, retail, hospitality and mixed-use properties. His clients include domestic and foreign commercial developers, owners, and operators, as well as several “non-real estate” companies with significant real estate holdings, such as insurance companies, commercial and private banks, mining companies, and pension funds. He works extensively with the structuring and negotiation of complex multi-tier joint ventures, representing the developer/operator partner and the capital partner and/or preferred equity holders. Koffler received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Brian N. Gurtman

Gurtman’s real estate practice is grounded in nearly 20 years of work in the New York City real estate market. He has advised his clients in varying economic situations and guided them in their needs and decisions regarding all aspects of real estate finance, development, acquisition, sales and leasing, and land use matters. Gurtman has also counseled clients with complicated corporate, partnership, and limited liability company transactions involving real estate companies and real estate joint ventures and debt and equity financings. His clients include investors, developers, lenders and owners with real estate transaction needs in New York as well as throughout the United States and the world. His clients also include buyers and sellers of commercial properties, including residential, retail, industrial and office projects. Gurtman received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a B.S., cum laude, from Yeshiva University.

Ross A. Honig

For nearly three decades, Honig has advised clients on all types of complex real estate transactions throughout the United States with a primary focus on real estate finance. He regularly represents financial institutions, public and private commercial lenders, sellers, and purchasers in real estate transactions, including financings, acquisitions and dispositions. He has particular experience representing commercial mortgage lenders intending to include loans in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transactions. In addition to numerous fixed-rate and other permanent loan transactions, he has advised his clients on construction, bridge, and mezzanine loan transactions secured by all asset classes of properties. He has also counseled clients in mortgage loan purchase and sale agreements, as well as loan participations, syndications, and intercreditor agreements. Additionally, Honig advises lending clients on workouts and restructuring of defaulted and non-performing loans. Honig received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany.

Sheppard Mullin has 100 attorneys based in its New York office. With more than 90 attorneys, Sheppard Mullin’s Real Estate practice has one of the largest, most diverse and experienced real estate and land use practices of any AmLaw 100 firm. The practice and individual practitioners are consistently ranked by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US.

Venable Group Joins Sheppard Mullin, "Bringing East Coast Real Estate Credentials.

Sheppard Mullin, which had only one real estate partner in Manhattan, has brought on a seven-lawyer group from Venable in New York, including th former head of the practice there.

(October 29, 2018, Christine Simmons, American Lawyer)

Until recently, Am Law 100 firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, based in Los Angeles, only had one real estate partner in New York, the U.S. epicenter of big-money property and finance deals.

For firms based out-of-state, quickly growing in the practice is difficult. Groups of profitable real estate attorneys are hard to transfer. But this month, Sheppard Mullin scored a key lateral group, when it landed seven real estate transactional attorneys from Venable.

The incoming group is led by partner Peter Koffler, formerly chair of Venable’s New York real estate practice and vice chair of the firm’s national practice in real estate. The group also includes partner Brian Gurtman and Ross Honig, special counsel Julia Geykhman, Robert Gorzelany and Lee Weiss and associate Jared Wachtler.

With the move, Koffler, 56, now leads Sheppard Mullin’s New York real estate, land use and environmental practice group.

The attorneys focus on real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, leasing, sale and leaseback transactions, construction/development and financings. Clients include commercial developers, owners, and operators and companies with significant real estate holdings, such as insurance companies, banks, mining companies and pension funds.

According to news reports, Koffler’s recent deal experience includes representing the seller in the $55 million sale of Hotel Elysee to the hotel’s subtenants and representing EmblemHealth in its $330 million sale of its Manhattan property on Ninth Avenue.

Koffler, who worked with a recruiter for the move, said his clients are joining him at Sheppard Mullin.

“There was nothing bad about Venable,” Koffler said, but Sheppard Mullin “is a platform that is going to be more supportive of us, and it’s going to help us grow our practice beyond what we could have grown at Venable.”

“The firm is very committed to helping us build our practice,” Koffler said, and Sheppard “provides greater resources to attract and maintain talent.”

Among the differences between the two firms, Venable has eight offices, all inside the U.S., while Sheppard Mullin has 16 offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, Sheppard Mullin reportedly has a different associate bonus structure than Venable.

Sheppard Mullin’s average profits per equity partner was $1.71 million in 2017, compared with Venable’s average at $1.13 million, according to The American Lawyer.

The departure comes just two months after Venable announced it was absorbing intellectual property boutique Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, effective Nov. 1. The merged firm will have about 800 total attorneys.

Koffler said the combination was not a factor in his decision to move.

The group hire instantly provides the Los Angeles-based firm a real estate reputation in New York and puts it over 100 attorneys in Manhattan.

“This turnkey group brings outstanding East Coast real estate credentials to our firm,” real estate practice group leader Nancy Scull, based in San Diego, said in a statement.

Now Sheppard Mullin “is on the map” for such practices, Koffler said. “We both have a lot to offer each other,” he said. “This is a starting point, with the goal of becoming one of New York’s pre-eminent real estate groups.”

A Venable spokeswoman did not return phone and email messages seeking comment.

Stroock Continues Lateral Growth with Addition of Two Partners in New York and Washington, D.C.

Akshay Belani (NY) brings experience in capital markets and derivatives transactions; Patrick Menasco (D.C.) focuses on ERISA and governmental plan investments.

New York/Washington, D.C., July 16, 2018. Starting the second half of the year with fresh growth in strategic areas of focus, Stroock has added two partners in New York and Washington, D.C. Joining in New York is capital markets and derivatives partner Akshay Belani and in Washington, D.C., ERISA and governmental plan investments partner Patrick Menasco. Joining Stroock with Mr. Menasco is associate Bibek Pandey.

The incoming lawyers continue a string of recent lateral arrivals to Stroock, including new lawyers in financial restructuring, regulatory support, corporate, private client services and insurance.

Mr. Belani, previously a partner at Morgan Lewis, joins Stroock’s Commodities/Derivatives and Energy Group. He advises financial institutions on derivatives, futures and commodities trading, and on related structured products and capital markets transactions. His clients include hedge funds, institutional investors and broker-dealers.

Mr. Belani also focuses on regulatory and compliance issues related to Dodd-Frank derivatives regulation including rules affecting both buy- and sell-side market participants. He is actively involved in the development of standardized documentation in the over-the-counter derivatives markets and is a frequent commentator on the global derivatives market and U.S. regulations governing derivatives transactions. Mr. Belani graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 2004 and earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University in 1998.

Mr. Menasco, formerly a partner at Steptoe, helps domestic and foreign financial institutions navigate regulatory, compliance, and contractual matters, capital market transactions, government investigations and disputes involving highly-regulated corporate and public benefit plan assets. He is a highly regarded ERISA professional with public sector experience and familiarity with governmental plan investment regulation in virtually every state. His clients include major financial institutions, including banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, and fund service providers.

Mr. Menasco is also a frequent lecturer on employee benefit investment issues at the Practising Law Institute in New York and has served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School for ten years. He clerked for the Honorable Gerrilyn G. Brill, US District Court, Northern District of Georgia after earning his law degree, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 1994 from Tulane University Law School, where he was associate editor of the Tulane Law Review. Mr. Menasco graduated from Tulane University in 1991.

Stroock co-managing partner Jeff Keitelman said, “We enjoyed a strong first half in 2018 and it is great to start the second half with the continued addition of lawyers in some of our most important service areas. Akshay Belani and Patrick Menasco are highly skilled, mid-career lawyers with substantial matters and longstanding client relationships – we expect them to quickly become impact partners in fortifying our capital markets, derivatives and ERISA platforms. Their arrival underscores our commitment to continue attracting top-flight laterals who fit with our core business units.”

Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally. With a rich history dating back 140 years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C. For more, visit

Katten Draws Top IP Litigation Talent with Broad Pharma Experience

NEW YORK, Firm News, May 7, 2018. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced today the addition of Deepro R. Mukerjee and Lance Soderstrom as partners in its Intellectual Property (IP) practice group in New York and Dr. Jitendra "Jitty" Malik as a partner in the IP group in Charlotte.

"Our IP practice attorneys represent some of the world's most recognized companies in a range of litigations in which we are called upon to protect our clients' most valuable intellectual property," said Katten Chairman Roger P. Furey. "Deepro, Jitty and Lance all have first-rate legal and technical skills and are held in the highest regard by the clients they have assisted for many years. This will expand our industry-leading capabilities allowing us to offer superior IP representation across the globe."

A nationally recognized leader and trial attorney in the patent arena, Mukerjee, over the course of nearly 20 years, has been lead trial counsel for some of the world's largest pharmaceutical and biotech companies. He is particularly experienced in complex pharmaceutical litigation brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act and is known nationally for his Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) work, often taking such matters to trial and subsequent appeal. Outside the ANDA world, Mukerjee has litigated intellectual property rights in a wide range of technologies, from biotechnology processes to electrical circuit-interrupting devices and computer software programs.

Dr. Malik holds a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering and has substantial experience in the drug approval process under the Hatch-Waxman Act. He also has extensive experience in post grant proceedings involving pharmaceutical patents including inter partes reviews, ex parte re-examinations and reissue proceedings. His practice includes developing patent strategies that assist clients in marketing drug products and evaluating competitive patents. Using his extensive knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry, physics and electrochemistry, Dr. Malik focuses his practice on patent litigation, opinions, IP due diligence, licensing and prosecution in many areas.

Soderstrom, who has worked closely with Mukerjee, has litigated patents relating to a range of technologies, from pharmaceutical compounds and formulations to medical devices and computer software programs, in district courts throughout the country. He has particular experience in the drug approval process under the Hatch-Waxman Act, including the development of patent strategies to assist clients in marketing drug products and evaluating competitive patents.

Mukerjee, Dr. Malik and Soderstrom all join Katten from Alston & Bird LLP.

"While our attorneys have litigated virtually every type of patent infringement case, significant parts of our practice involve pharmaceutical patents," said Brian Sodikoff, national head of Katten's Patent Litigation group. "We are a team committed to achieving the best results possible in contested matters, whether through litigation, mediation, arbitration or settlement. In this way, Deepro, Jitty and Lance are a great fit for our group. We look forward to working with them."

King & Spalding Adds Intellectual Property Litigator in New York

NEW YORK, July 17, 2017 — King & Spalding announced that intellectual property litigators Joseph Diamante and Charles Cantine have joined as partners in the firm’s New York office.

Diamante and Cantine have extensive intellectual property expertise that includes patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, licensing, distribution and supply agreements, and unfair competition work. Both lawyers were previously partners at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

“Having worked alongside Joe and Chuck, we know them to be excellent lawyers whom clients trust with complex, high-stakes matters,” said Holmes Hawkins, head of King & Spalding’s intellectual property practice. “Their work for both plaintiffs and defendants on IP matters demonstrates the range and insight they can bring to the firm’s current and future IP clients. We are excited to welcome them to the firm.”

Diamante has been involved in over 25 major trials and litigated cases involving all forms of intellectual property and unfair competition issues. In addition to his intellectual property transactional and trial experience, he has assisted many technology companies to develop, protect and commercialize their intellectual property assets. He received his undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Cantine is a registered patent attorney with more than 15 years experience, and has first chaired numerous significant jury trials in the IP space. He has also performed substantial counseling on intellectual property matters, including advising clients on the development and management of international and domestic intellectual property portfolios. Cantine received his undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America and his J.D. from Fordham University.

“Chuck and I knew that our IP clients would be best served at a firm that has intellectual property and technology as a strategic focus,” said Diamante. “We also knew that our contacts outside of IP would benefit from King & Spalding’s robust platform. We’re looking forward to collaborating with our new colleagues.”

King & Spalding Picks Up IP Partner Pair From Stroock
Christine Simmons, New York Law Journal, July 17, 2017- - Two intellectual property partners from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan have joined King & Spalding, which is aiming to broaden its IP litigation practice.

Joseph Diamante and Charles Cantine joined King & Spalding late last week as partners. They mark just the latest partner exits from Stroock, which has seen several departures this year. In a statement Monday, Stroock indicated that the firm is shifting away from contingency cases, which at least partly motivated Diamante and Cantine's move.

Diamante and Cantine have a general IP litigation practice, including patent, trademark and trade secret litigation, licensing, distribution and supply agreements, unfair competition work and counseling.

Diamante's clients have included G.D. Searle, Citigroup Inc., Monsanto Co., Merck & Co. Inc., The Culinary Institute of America, Dictaphone Corp., Plainfield Asset Management, Diesel Jeans S.p.A. and New York Cruise Lines/Circle Line/World Yacht.

King & Spalding has been mostly on the defense side of IP patent litigation, in cases brought by nonpracticing entities, said partner Robert Perry, a leader in the firm's IP group.

But as patent litigation has slowed down in recent years, "we wanted to broaden our capability" to include more copyright and trademark litigation and plaintiff side work, he added.

While the firm has a policy against representing patent "trolls," plaintiff's side work can include representing small businesses, universities and clients backed by litigation funding, Perry said, adding that Diamante and Cantine's expertise in all areas of IP litigation will complement the firm's practice.

Diamante said he and Cantine got to know King & Spalding well recently in PODS Enterprises v. U-Haul in Florida federal court. The trademark infringement action related to portable moving and storage containers and resulted in a verdict of more than $60 million for Diamante's client, PODS Enterprises, in 2014. Diamante worked with King & Spalding as co-counsel on appeal of the verdict. The case was eventually settled."We had a close relationship through the PODS case and we got to know the quality of the litigation team," he said.

He said he was also drawn to King & Spalding's larger platform, noting there are many more IP practitioners there than at Stroock. King & Spalding has more than 50 IP litigators, while Stroock has about 15 lawyers in the practice, according to its online roster.

"Here, IP is one of the major emphases of the firm," Diamante said. "It gives me a lot more ability to attract more business" and to build deeper litigation teams, he said.

"It's great to have a law firm that can do both the trial work and the appellate work," he said.

Stroock retains a deep bench in intellectual property and is committed to strategically grow our core practices from our very solid foundation."

Stroock has experienced a high number of lateral exits this year.

In the last couple of weeks, a major entertainment dealmaker in Los Angeles, Schuyler "Sky" Moore, left Stroock for Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger.

Last month, Lior Ohayon, who was co-leader of Stroock's corporate practice and chair of its private funds group, joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher as a partner in its asset management practice. And in March, a funds group led by Stuart Coleman, who had been co-managing partner for 12 years at Stroock, left for Proskauer Rose, Cooley hired former private equity chair Ray LaSoya in Los Angeles in February.

However, Stroock announced in June that it had hired a four-person restructuring team, including partner Brian Kelly, who was special counsel at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, special counsel Samantha Martin, who was an associate at Morrison & Foerster, and two associates.

K& L Gates Bolsters Asia Practice with Addition of Corporate, Disputes Partners

SHANGHAI AND SIGNAPORE, January 13, 2016 - - Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added two new partners in its Asia practice. Corporate lawyer Ian Liao joins K&L Gates’ Shanghai office from Jones Day, while disputes lawyer Glenn Cheng — who arrives from Nabarro LLP — is based in the firm’s Singapore office.

Focusing his practice on mergers and acquisitions and venture capital deals, Liao represents public and private companies in their M&A, divestitures, and equity purchase transactions and concentrates on cross-border technology transactions. He has significant experience advising in the Internet and e-commerce space and routinely acts for high-tech companies including start-ups and pre-IPO stage companies on their fundraising activities. Liao also represents clients on cross-border technology licensing and intellectual property enforcement matters.

Cheng’s practice focuses on cross-border arbitration in the areas of construction, oil and gas, civil and marine engineering, on- and off-shore infrastructure, general engineering, and building projects. He offers a hybrid range of front-end transactional to back-end disputes service disciplines. Cheng maintains regular involvement in projects, contractual claims, and formal dispute proceedings variously as advisor, counsel, and arbitrator. He also acts for operators, rig owners, drilling contractors, joint operating agreement stakeholders, shipyards, designers, and support services contractors throughout the Southeast Asia, Asia Pacific, and Middle East regions.

“We are excited to kick off 2016 with stellar additions to our Asia practice,” commented David Tang, K&L Gates’ Managing Partner, Asia. “The new partners in Shanghai and Singapore reflect our vision for the Asia practice this year, particularly in extending our technology and e-commerce practice in this region, and in further bolstering our construction disputes capabilities in Asia.”

K&L Gates has one of the largest Asia presences among international law firms. The firm has more than 100 lawyers, including 46 partners, across its Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, and Singapore offices.

Life Sciences Practice Gains Patent Prowess as Daniel Becker Joins Fenwick

Fenwick & West, Mountain View, California, July 8, 2015

Prominent Silicon Valley-based law firm, Fenwick & West, today announced that Daniel M. Becker, M.D., has joined the firm as a partner in its intellectual property practice. Becker represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in all areas of patent counseling, including lifecycle management, patent portfolio development and restructuring, peer review of patent portfolios, and IP diligence in advance of financings, mergers, acquisitions and other liquidity events.

Dan is a tremendous addition to our thriving life sciences practice,” said Fenwick Chair, Richard Dickson. “His deep technical knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our biotechnology clients, an area of rapid growth for Fenwick.”

​ “I’m delighted to be joining Fenwick,” said Becker. “Fenwick’s dedication to serving innovators, its impressive bench of patent practitioners, extensive post-grant expertise, and growing life sciences corporate and patent groups is a nice compliment to my practice.​

“Dan’s strength and experience in patent prosecution, portfolio development and post-grant proceedings for life sciences companies will further deepen our ability to secure, defend and commercialize many of the most valuable assets of our life science clients,” said Intellectual Property Chair, Lawrence W. Granatelli. “Recent changes in the law and court decisions have brought significant challenges to what constitutes patentable subject matter and has expanded the remedies available through the patent office post grant. Dan is versatile and well suited to advising and helping clients navigate those changes.”​

Becker has been practicing intellectual property law for more than two decades. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Prior to law school, Becker conducted research under two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships. He earned an M.D. with research honors from Stanford University School of Medicine after earning an undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with additional honors.

For the past six years, Chambers USA has recognized Becker as a leading lawyer, nationwide, in the area of Life Sciences: IP/ Patent Litigation. Since 2012, Becker has been identified as a “Life Sciences Star” in LMG Life Sciences and its predecessor publication, Expert Guide to Life Sciences Attorneys. Becker is also recommended in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 (US) for patent licensing and transactions.

Fenwick & West Recruits Shanghai Partner

Tom Brennan, The Asian Lawyer, January 21, 2015

Fenwick & West has added a partner in Shanghai.

The technology and life sciences-focused firm, which is headquartered in Mountain View, California, has brought on former Kaye Scholer partner Niping Wu. A private equity specialist, she advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and debt financings, and well as Chinese companies on outbound deals.

Before arriving at Kaye Scholer as a partner in 2012, Wu led Debevoise & Plimpton’s Shanghai office for a year as international counsel. Prior to that, she was a Beijing-based partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe starting in late 2009 and previously had spent over a decade at the Beijing office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, most recently serving as counsel.

Wu joins an office that now has seven lawyers, including two partners. Fenwick has about 300 lawyers in Mountain View, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai.

Fenwick & West’s China Practice Grows
M&A Practitioner Niping Wu Joins the Firm

Fenwick & West, January 20, 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Fenwick & West, a leading technology and life sciences law firm, today announced that Niping Wu has joined the firm as a Corporate partner in its Shanghai office. Wu represents international funds and multi-national companies in private equity, strategic M&A and debt financing transactions, as well as joint venture projects in China. She also represents Chinese companies in outbound investments and in the past has led legal work for Chinese issuers on initial public offerings in the United States. 

“Sustained activity in cross-border investments and M&A in the technology sector is driving increased demand for our services in China,” said Richard Dickson, Chairman of Fenwick & West. “Niping’s arrival will help us expand our offerings in China. She is a very strong addition to our team.”

“We welcome Niping to Fenwick,” said Eva Wang, Shanghai Managing Partner. “She has a stellar background and excellent experience in private equity, cross-border M&A, debt financings and capital markets.” 

Wu explained, “I was drawn to Fenwick because of the firm’s preeminent M&A and capital markets practices in the technology sector, its deep experience in start-up company and venture capital services, its IP expertise and the firm’s strong team in China. My practice integrates well with Fenwick’s strong deal execution capabilities and significant work on going private transactions.” 

“Niping is joining us at the perfect time,” said Gordon Davidson, Fenwick’s former chairman and China practice lead. “Mounting interest among foreign investors in Silicon Valley technology companies is yet another trend driving demand for our services in China.” 

Since opening an office in Shanghai, Fenwick has worked on many financing transactions, strategic investments, more than $5.5 billion in acquisitions in China in the past year alone, three going-private deals, and extensive intellectual property counseling.

Prior to joining Fenwick, Wu worked for other prominent U.S. law firms and has been practicing law in China for over a decade. Wu earned her JD from Yale Law School where she was editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She also completed her undergraduate degrees at Yale University in computer science and economics, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Wu is admitted to practice law in Hong Kong and in New York. She is fluent in English as well as in Chinese.

Hogan Lovells Expands Los Angeles Real Estate Practice with Addition of Albert W. Stemp

Hogan Lovells, August 2014

LOS ANGELES – Hogan Lovells announced today that Albert W. Stemp has joined its Los Angeles office as a Partner in the Real Estate practice.

Stemp’s arrival complements Hogan Lovells’ global Real Estate practice. He has represented borrowers and financial institutions, private equity funds, developers, institutional investors, and REITs. Additionally, Stemp has advised U.S. investors in international real estate assets and international investors in U.S. real estate assets and debt.

Stemp was a recipient of the Legal Aid Society 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service to The Society and its clients. He is a Trustee of the Center for Early Education.

“Al is an emerging star in the real estate space,” said Barry Dastin, Los Angeles office Managing Partner. “His arrival at Hogan Lovells reflects our commitment to growing our Los Angeles Real Estate transactional practice and complements our nationally recognized REIT practice, which has been consistently ranked in the top band by both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.”

Stemp’s broad real estate experience includes representing clients in various transactions across all asset classes, including mortgage and mezzanine originations, loan workouts, joint ventures, mixed-use developments, acquisitions and dispositions, sale/leaseback transactions, various public and private real estate securities placements, and leasing. He joins from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where his practice focused on real estate transactions and REITs.

“I am excited to join a global law firm with a strategic vision to grow the Real Estate practice in Southern California,” said Stemp. “I look forward to working alongside industry leaders to grow the Western United States Real Estate transactional practice.”

“Al Stemp is one of California’s leading lawyers focusing on real estate and financing transactions involving REITs,” said Warren Gorrell, head of Hogan Lovells’ REIT practice. “Our clients will undoubtedly benefit from his transactional proficiency as well as his extensive experience working with direct real estate investments, joint ventures, financings and other complex transactions involving real estate.”

Stemp received his J.D. and M.A. from the University of Colorado and his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.

Foley Nabs Ex-Pillsbury M&A, Securities Pro In L.A.

Linda Chiem (ed. Patricia K. Cole), Law360, July 2014

New York - Foley & Lardner LLP said Monday that it has snared a veteran in mergers and acquisitions, securities, venture capital and private equity from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to join its Los Angeles office as a partner.

Chris Laukenmann joins Foley & Lardner’s finance and financial institutions, transactional and securities, and private equity and venture capital practices. He brings with him more than two decades of experience advising Fortune 500, middle market and emerging growth companies on capital, investment, structure, governance, corporate strategy, treasury, risk management, reorganization and regulatory matters, the firm said.

Laukenmann said in a statement to Law360 that he was attracted to Foley's industry experience and geographic reach, noting that the firm has locations across the U.S., does business in Latin America through its Miami and other offices, and has an established presence in Asia and Europe.

He said his practice will expand on both the transactional and regulatory fronts at Foley.

"I will continue to represent financial institution clients across the legal spectrum, from banks, insurance companies and funds to non-bank and non-traditional financial companies," he said. "In addition, I am excited to expand my historical mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital practice with application to the diverse industries Foley serves with recognized strength — from health care to manufacturing, renewable/alternative energy to life and biosciences, nanotechnology to automotive, logistics and supply chain businesses."

Laukenmann had been a partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's corporate and securities practice since 2000.

Before Pillsbury, Laukenmann was assistant general counsel for insurerTransamerica Corp. which merged with Aegon, where he was responsible for the company’s asset management division, including structured and financial derivative product development, financial institution regulation and day-to-day operational legal issues.

And before that, he served as vice president of legal of Great Western Bank, which was later consolidated into Washington Mutual Inc., where he oversaw banking, finance, real estate, brokerage, insurance, deposit and mortgage-based matters.

Foley & Lardner’s top brass praised his addition to the firm.

“Given his in-house legal and law firm experience, Chris offers clients a holistic perspective in developing smart business strategies that drive results,” Richard W. Lasater II, chair of Foley’s business law department, said in a statement. “His deep knowledge and unique background will benefit our clients across a variety of industries.”

Foley & Lardner has about 900 attorneys in 20 offices.

Patton Boggs, Squire Sanders Health Pros Head To Jones Day

Linda Chiem, Law360, June 2014

NEW YORK - Jones Day said Wednesday that it has landed six partners, most of whom were previously with Squire Sanders LLP or Patton Boggs LLP — which just merged into Squire Patton Boggs — to bolster its health care and life sciences practice groups in Columbus, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. 

Jones Day snagged a trio of health care, mergers and acquisitions and contracting aces from the former Squire Sanders, including David Grauer, who headed Squire Sanders’ health care and life sciences practice group, Lisa Han and John Kirsner. All three partners will join Jones Day's Columbus office later this month, the firm said.

And for its Washington office, Jones Day deepened its bench with the addition of Scott Edelstein, who was the co-chair of Squire Sanders’ health care and life sciences industry group, Laura Laemmle-Weidenfeld, who was with the former Patton Boggs, and Laurie Clarke, who was with King & Spalding LLP.

It’s a deeply experienced roster of attorneys that brings to 15 the total number of new partners who have joined Jones Day’s health care and life sciences practice since March 2013, the firm said.

"We're extremely pleased to welcome these six outstanding lawyers to Jones Day," James Dutro, co-head of the firm's health care and life sciences practice, said in a statement. “This team's depth of knowledge and experience in a range of transactional, regulatory and dispute contexts adds significant depth to our strong health care and life sciences practice, and demonstrates our commitment and capability to serve the increasingly complex needs of our clients.”

Dutro added that the ongoing reformation of the U.S. health care system, along with its expansion of services, have created significant opportunities and challenges for both companies and health organizations.

In Columbus, Grauer brings to Jones Day a wealth of experience advising health care institutions on complex transactions, M&As, joint ventures, national and regional provider and payor networks, clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations, managed care and bundled payment negotiations, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, fraud and abuse issues, and professional and business licensure matters, the firm said.

Also trained as a pharmacist, Grauer has more than five years of experience in hospital department and operations management.

Han focuses her practice on complex transactions including M&As, restructurings and managed care plans, as well as transaction and regulatory matters for clients in the health care and health insurance industries. She represents health insurers, employers and other entities that provide insurance support services. She negotiates third-party administrator, pharmacy benefit manager and other vendor agreements and insurance holding company system transactions.

She also is an expert on Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care plans, and counsels on employers’ and health plans’ compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Han earned her law degree from The Ohio State University, her Master of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelor of Laws from National Chengchi University.

Kirsner represents hospitals, physician groups and organizations, long-term care organizations, provider networks, and managed care organizations in provider-payer contracting issues. His extensive contracting, transactional and compliance work with these providers and networks includes M&As, joint venturing, messenger model strategies, and pay-for-performance contracting. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he earned his law degree from The Ohio State University.

In Washington, Edelstein brings with him years of experience advising U.S. and international health care providers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and technology companies on legal and regulatory issues, and assists hospitals, physician groups and similar organizations in M&As, infrastructure financing, and compliance activities addressing fraud and abuse prevention.

Edelstein also has experience in a wide range of health care information technology-related issues, including assisting clients with adopting electronic health records, structuring telehealth arrangements, complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and handling mobile health matters. Edelstein earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He also has a certificate in international and comparative law from the University of Oxford, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Meanwhile, Weidenfeld bolsters Jones Day’s government investigations capabilities, defending clients against civil and criminal government investigations and litigation relating to allegations of fraud and abuse, particularly under the FCA and in the health care and life sciences industries. Weidenfeld also counsels clients on compliance-related issues, providing health care fraud and abuse regulatory guidance and helping to establish effective corporate compliance programs. She was a former trial attorney in the frauds section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where she conducted numerous FCA and qui tam health care fraud investigations and litigation matters. A graduate of Northwestern University, Weidenfeld earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Rounding out the new Washington team is medical devices expert Clarke, whose practice focuses on device submissions, including traditional, abbreviated and special 510(k) premarket notifications; investigational device exemption applications; presubmissions; premarket approval applications, amendments and supplements; reclassification petitions; de novo review submissions; and device designation requests for combination products, among other things.

In addition, Clarke has extensive experience counseling medical device manufacturers on compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration laws and regulations pertaining to premarket clearance and approval, device modifications, labeling, clinical studies, medical device reporting, complaint handling, recalls, corrections, and removals. Clarke is a graduate of Smith College and earned her master's degree in public policy with a concentration in health policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and her law degree from Stanford Law School.

Jones Day Adds Six Partners to Health Care and Life Sciences Practices in Washington and Columbus

Jones Day, June 2014

Washington, DC - The global law firm Jones Day has announced that it has added six partners to its Health Care and Life Sciences practices. Joining in Columbus later this month will be David Grauer, Lisa Han, and John Kirsner. All three will arrive from the Columbus office of the firm formerly known as Squire Sanders (now Squire Patton Boggs). Joining in Washington later this month will be Scott Edelstein (from Squire Sanders' Washington office). In addition, Laura Laemmle-Weidenfeld has joined Jones Day's Washington Office from the firm formerly known as Patton Boggs LLP (now also Squire Patton Boggs), as has Laurie Clarke, from King & Spalding's Washington office. With these additions, a total of 15 new partners will have joined Jones Day's Health Care and Life Sciences practices since March of last year.

"We're extremely pleased to welcome these six outstanding lawyers to Jones Day," said James Dutro, co-leader of the Firm's Health Care and Life Sciences practices. "The ongoing reformation of the health care system in the United States, along with its expansion of services, has created significant opportunities and challenges for both companies and health organizations. This team's depth of knowledge and experience in a range of transactional, regulatory, and dispute contexts adds significant depth to our strong Health Care and Life Sciences practices, and demonstrates our commitment and capability to serve the increasingly complex needs of our clients."


Mr. Grauer, who chaired his former firm's Healthcare Practice Group, has advised health care institutions on a broad range of complex transactions and matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, national and regional provider and payor networks, clinically integrated networks and accountable care organizations, managed care and bundled payment negotiations, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, fraud and abuse issues, and professional and business licensure matters. Trained as a pharmacist, and with more than five years of experience in hospital department and operations management, Mr. Grauer brings his health care clients a particularly well-informed perspective, and deep health care industry experience in representing hospital systems, financial institutions, post-acute care providers (home health care, hospice, and retail and specialty pharmacies), large long-term care providers, and large medical groups in sophisticated business transactions. Mr. Grauer has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2005, named an Ohio Super Lawyer each year since 2006, and is recognized in Chambers USA for his health care work. He earned his J.D. from Capital University, an M.S. and M.B.A. from The Ohio State University, and a B.S. from the University of Kansas.

Ms. Han leads and counsels on complex transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings, and advises on regulatory and transactional matters for clients in the health care and health insurance industries. She advises clients on matters such as formation of risk or clinically integrated provider networks and accountable car organizations (ACOs), formation and regulatory, and transaction and compliance for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans and provider-owned health plans. Ms. Han has deep experience with regard to compliance with the Affordable Care Act, insurance holding company and affiliate transactions; investment compliance; corporate governance; mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; joint ventures and alliances; product development for health insurance marketplaces; pharmacy benefits management; insurance support services; and regulatory approvals in connection with insurance transactions of all kinds, including change of control, affiliate transactions, and reinsurance transactions. She also provides counseling on complex managed care contract negotiation and drafting. Ms. Han earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University, her LL.M. from University of Pennsylvania, and her LL.B. from National Chengchi University.

Mr. Kirsner represents hospitals, physician groups and organizations, long-term care organizations, provider networks, and managed care organizations regarding provider-payer contracting issues. His extensive contracting, transactional, and compliance work with these providers and networks includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, messenger model strategies, pay-for-performance contracting, creating clinically integrated networks, and all aspects of provider-payer contracting. Mr. Kirsner's managed care experience includes network formation, negotiation of joint venture relationships, managed care contracting, and an emphasis on managed care insolvency issues such as bankruptcy, liquidation, and workout arrangements. He is a frequent speaker at national, regional, and local conferences relating to managed care and other health law issues. This year alone he was the keynote speaker at The Network Contracting Congress ("The Network Participation Imperative: To Participate or Not to Participate"), and a featured speaker at the Advanced Institute for Anesthesia Practice Management ("ACOs: What Anesthesiologists Need to Know"). Mr. Kirsner has also published a number of articles and been quoted in publications such as Modern Healthcare on related managed care topics. He is a past chair of the Ohio State Bar Association's Health Care Law Committee. Mr. Kirsner has been listed every year since 2007 in The Best Lawyers in America for health care law and insurance law, and named an Ohio Super Lawyer each year since 2006. He earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University with honors, and his B.A. from the University of Michigan.

"Adding Dave, Lisa, and John is an exciting development for both our already strong health care capabilities in Columbus, and our general growth over the last 16 months ... five partners have joined us in that time span," said Liza Kessler, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Columbus Office. "Along with Tom Dutton, one of the top health care transactional lawyers in the country, and Kevin Lyles, a leading voice in the areas of outsourcing, and privacy and data security who co-chairs the Jones Day's Outsourcing and Privacy & Data Security practices, we are now among the largest health care practices in Ohio."


Ms. Weidenfeld defends clients against civil and criminal government investigations and litigation relating to allegations of fraud and abuse, particularly under the civil False Claims Act and in the health care and life sciences industries. She has defended against such investigations brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), including United States Attorneys Offices throughout the country, as well as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General, state attorneys general, and other state and federal agencies. Ms. Weidenfeld also counsels her clients on compliance-related issues, providing health care fraud and abuse regulatory guidance and helping to establish effective corporate compliance programs. In addition, she frequently helps clients analyze requirements for, and prepare submissions of, self-disclosures to various federal and state agency components. She has represented a broad range of health care providers and manufacturers, including home health care agencies, clinical laboratories, individual physicians, hospitals and health systems, ambulance providers, behavioral health providers, and durable medical equipment (DME) providers, as well as major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. A former Trial Attorney in the Frauds Section of the DOJ's Civil Division, where she conducted numerous health care fraud investigations and litigation matters brought under the civil False Claims Act and its qui tam (whistleblower) provisions, Ms. Weidenfeld earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. and B.M. degrees from Northwestern University.

Mr. Edelstein, who co-chaired his former firm's Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Group, advises U.S. and international health care providers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and technology companies on legal and regulatory issues, and assists hospitals, physician groups, and similar organizations in developing strategies pertaining to merger and acquisition activity, infrastructure financing, and compliance activities addressing fraud and abuse prevention. He has advised clients in implementing health care reform initiatives including accountable care organizations, bundled payments, and clinical co-management arrangements. Mr. Edelstein has experience in a wide range of health care information technology-related issues, which include assisting clients with adopting electronic health records, structuring telehealth arrangements, HIPAA compliance, and advising on mobile health matters. He also advises on cross-border medical services, patient mobility, medical tourism, and other international health care issues. Mr. Edelstein earned his J.D. from University of San Francisco; a Certificate in International and Comparative Law from University of Oxford; an M.P.A from University of Southern California; and a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. Clarke's practice is focused on device submissions, including traditional, abbreviated, and special 510(k) premarket notifications, investigational device exemption (IDE) applications, presubmissions, premarket approval (PMA) applications, amendments and supplements, reclassification petitions, de novo review submissions, device designation requests for combination products, requests for humanitarian use designation, humanitarian device exemption applications, add-to-files, and 513(g) determination requests. She also assists companies in filing PMA, HDE, and IDE annual reports. In addition, Ms. Clarke has extensive experience counseling medical device manufacturers regarding compliance with FDA laws and regulations pertaining to premarket clearance/approval, device modifications, labeling, clinical studies (including informed consent, FDA and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of protocols, and disclosure of investigators' financial interests), medical device reporting, complaint handling, recalls, corrections, and removals. Ranked in the Legal 500, Ms. Clarke is a graduate of Smith College (A.B., cum laude), and earned her Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in health policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review.

"As clients throughout the entire health care sector face a multitude of changes in the regulation, oversight, and economics of the industry, Laura, Scott, and Laurie's arrival substantially bolsters our already strong health care capabilities in Washington," said Greg Shumaker, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office. "With Cathy Livingston, perhaps the single most knowledgeable lawyer in this city and indeed this country on the Affordable Care Act; Alexis Gilroy, who is among the foremost leaders in telehealth and telemedicine; Toby Singer, a leading health care antitrust lawyer; Colleen Heisey and Mark Mansour, two of the best regulatory oversight and compliance lawyers in FDA matters; and these three excellent lawyers in our office, we now have one of the strongest FDA regulatory and health care transactional, regulatory, and fraud and abuse practices in the city."

PJones Day is a global law firm with 41 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in cclient service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.

Duane Morris San Diego Office Adds Intellectual Property Partner Rich Kim

Duane Morris, June 2012

SAN DIEGO—Duane Morris is pleased to announce that Rich Kim has joined the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Groupas a partner in its San Diego office. Kim's arrival further strengthens Duane Morris' Intellectual Property Practice Group, in particular with respect to patent procurement and counseling, as well as IP litigation. Kim joins Duane Morris from Morrison Foerster LLP, where he was head of the Electronics, Software and Telecommunications Patent Group in that firm's San Diego office.

Kim focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the areas of patent drafting, analysis and portfolio counseling. He also has significant experience representing clients in patent litigation matters, and was recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 editions of Best Lawyers in America and Southern California's Best Lawyers in the area of patent litigation. Kim has also represented clients in both ex parte and inter partes reexaminations before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as before the International Trade Commission.

Kim's clients include large corporations, mid-size and startup companies as well as individual inventors in various technology fields, including electronics, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, Internet-based business methods and medical devices.

Kim is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California. Kim earned his J.D. in 1995 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Scholar Award, and earned his B.S.E.E. in 1990 from the University of California, San Diego.

Duane Morris Snags MoFo IP Partner In San Diego

Zach Winnick (ed. Katherine Rautenberg), Law360, June 2012

Los Angeles -- Former Morrison & Foerster LLP partner and patent prosecution expert Richard C. Kim has joined Duane Morris LLP as a partner in its San Diego office, the firm announced Thursday.

Kim's move heralded the addition of a seasoned patent attorney with experience representing large and small clients in patent prosecutions and complex patent litigations and re-examinations.

Ed Cramp, managing partner of Duane Morris' San Diego office, hailed the move on Friday.

"Rich adds bench strength to what is a growing IP practice on both the patent prosecution and the litigation side here, so we're thrilled to have him," Cramp said. "We have a really good group going in the bio-life sciences side, and Rich adds to the electrical engineering side of the house."

After earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1990, Kim enrolled at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he earned his degree in 1995 and received the Dean's List Outstanding Scholar Award.

He started his legal career as an associate at intellectual property firm Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP before jumping to Baker & McKenzie LLP in 1998. Kim moved to Morrison & Foerster in 2001, making partner there in 2007.

In an interview with Law360 on Friday, Kim cited Duane Morris' nationally recognized patent practice and flexible pricing model as reasons for the move.

"Its pricing is lower and more flexible than Morrison & Foerster's, which will allow me to provide better service at a lower cost to my clients, which, as you probably know, is really important these days," he said, adding that Cisco recently named Duane Morris its "patent litigation firm of the year."

Kim has represented a range of clients, from large corporations to startup companies and individual inventors, assisting them in patent drafting, analysis and portfolio counseling on a range of technologies, including electronics, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, medical devices, LCD and plasma displays and Internet-based business methods.

In addition to representing requesters and patent owners in ex parte and inter parte re-examinations before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Kim has deep experience working on complex multidefendant patent infringement litigations and patent re-examinations.

He was a member of the litigation team that represented Nikon Corp. in long-running patent litigation with ASML Holding NV and Carl Zeiss SMT AG, which ended in an agreement to pay Nikon a $145 million settlement.

Kim represented Kyocera Communications Inc. in a multidefendant infringement suit led by Fractus SA, preparing Kyocera's noninfringement and invalidity defenses and claim construction positions and assisting its experts in preparing their reports. The case settled favorably on the eve of trial.

He was also a member of the team that represented EchoStar Communications Corp. in its U.S. International Trade Commission case against Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc., one of the largest ITC cases ever filed.

Kim is a frequent speaker on patent matters, appearing most recently at a December panel by CommNexus, a San Diego technology industry association, speaking about the practical implications of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

He joins a 28-attorney office of a full-service international law firm with more than 700 attorneys in 23 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Vietnam, representing clients in a wide range of practice areas.

John Kinton, Patent Litigator, Joins Jones Day in San Diego

Jones Day, May 2012

Washington, DC – The global law firm Jones Day is pleased to announce that John Kinton has joined the Firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice, resident in the San Diego Office.

Mr. Kinton comes to Jones Day from DLA Piper, where he was a partner in the firm’s San Diego office. He has a wide range of experience handling patent litigation, including matters for clients such as Hewlett- Packard, Sophos, and Carefusion.

"John's strong experience in patent litigation and International Trade Commission proceedings, coupled with his industry experience and technology background, makes him an excellent addition to our IP Litigation practice in San Diego," said Karen Hewitt, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s San Diego office.

Mr. Kinton spent the last 12 years at DLA Piper. In 2010, he was named a San Diego Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript. Previously, he was general counsel and director of engineering for Charybdis Technologies in Carlsbad. Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Kinton spent seven years as a patent engineer and program manager for Boeing in St. Louis.

Mr. Kinton earned his undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his law degree from Saint Louis University.

With the arrival of Mr. Kinton, Jones Day's San Diego Office now has 44 legal professionals, including 37 attorneys and seven patent agents.

Duane Morris Woos 2 Deals Experts For California Offices

Jake Simpson with Kaitlin Ugolik (Kat Laskowski, ed.), Law360, November 2011

Foreign real estate transactions expert Jarrett Fugh and health care mergers and acquisitions specialist David A. Charapp have joined Duane Morris LLP as partners in the firm's California offices, Duane Morris announced Thursday.

Fugh joined the firm from Winston & Strawn LLP and will split time between Duane Morris's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. Charapp was previously at Foley & Lardner LLP and will work out of San Diego.

Both said their decision to join Duane Morris was motivated by the firm's continuing push to bolster its corporate transactions practice on the West Coast.

"There's been a good track record over the last 10-12 years of significant growth throughout the firm," Charapp said. "If the desire is to grow a corporate practice, I have confidence we'll be able to do it."

Duane Morris had already made a high-profile addition to its corporate practice group on the West Coast this month. On Nov. 4, the firm announced the hire of technology deals expert Brian Gannon, formerly of Schiff Hardin LLP, as a partner in the San Diego office.

Fugh said he specializes in U.S. real estate investments by foreign clients, particularly those based in Asia. He focuses on hospitality and resort properties and has experience in restructuring syndicated, mezzanine and securitized loans, the firm said.

In 2009, Fugh advised Singapore-based Keck Seng Group on its purchase of the W Hotel in San Francisco for $90 million, he said. Going forward, he said he plans for a steady diet of transactional real estate work.

His last day at Winston & Strawn was Nov. 14, and he joined Duane Morris the following day.

Charapp said he focuses on advising pharmaceutical and medical technology companies on partnering and licensing transactions for manufacturing and distributing new drugs and diagnostic equipment. He also does agreements related to clinical trials, research and development and commercialization of new products.

Charapp brings extensive experience as an in-house counsel to Duane Morris. He served as associate general counsel at biotechnology company Kosan Biosciences Inc. and was also an AGC at biopharmaceutical firm Santarus Inc.

He said that his in-house experience allows him to look at a deal from all sides because he has a better sense of what firms need and the format they need it in.

"I also have a more complete appreciation of the business on the life sciences side, how everything fits together from early research all the way to the commercialization of a product," he added.

Charapp said he is currently working on several clinical trial-related deals and is in the early stages of a handful of collaboration and partnering transactions. His last day at Foley & Lardner was Nov. 11, and he started at Duane Morris on Nov. 16.

Fugh is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and Duke University. Charapp earned his law degree from Boston College Law School and his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Duane Morris San Diego Office Adds Corporate Partner David A. Charapp

Duane Morris, November, 2011

SAN DIEGO — Duane Morris is pleased to announce that David A. Charapp has joined the firm's Corporate Practice Group as a partner in its San Diego office. Charapp's arrival adds to Duane Morris' growing corporate practice group on the West Coast and nationally, particularly in the areas of life sciences and technology. He joins Duane Morris from Foley & Lardner LLP, where he was chair of the firm's Life Sciences Collaborations & Licensing Practice.

Charapp assists life sciences and technology companies with their critical partnering, licensing and financing transactions, as well as significant operational agreements such as those for manufacturing and supply, distribution, and pre-clinical and clinical research. Charapp has substantial experience as an in-house attorney, having been associate general counsel at Kosan Biosciences, a biotechnology company acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb, and associate general counsel at Santarus, a specialty biopharmaceutical company.

Charapp earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 1997 from Boston College Law School. He received a B.S. in Business Administration, with distinction, in 1994 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Duane Morris' Life Sciences and Biotechnology Group offers clients a full panoply of legal services—including intellectual property counsel, securities counsel in connection with private and public equity funding, international trade and tax advice, labor and employment guidance, dispute resolution and litigation services—provided within the framework of their business to address each client's specific needs.

Jones Day Welcome Three New Partners in Southern California

Jones Day, November, 2010

Washington, DC -- The global law firm Jones Day has announced that three more partners and three registered patent agents have joined the Firm in Southern California, providing additional strength to the Firm's Securities Litigation and Intellectual Property practices in the California region.

Roman E. Darmer, a partner in the Orange County office of Howrey LLP, will be joining Jones Day as a partner in Irvine as a member of the Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice.

In San Diego, Astrid R. Spain and David A. Gay, Ph.D. will be joining as partners, and Deborah L. Cadena, Victor Behar, and Micheal L. Hebert (all Ph.D.s) will be joining as patent agents. All five of these arrivals come from the San Diego office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and join Jones Day as members of the Intellectual Property Practice. Dr. Gay, Ms. Spain, and Dr. Cadena have been representing life sciences companies in San Diego for more than ten years.

The arrival of three additional lateral partners at Jones Day in California continues the Firm's steady growth in 2010. So far this year, the Firm has added 15 partners in its five California offices: one in San Francisco, four in Silicon Valley, one in Los Angeles, three in Irvine, and six in San Diego. Jones Day now has more than 300 lawyers in California.

"The addition of these talented lawyers provides us with even greater depth of experience on the West Coast in the securities litigation, biotech, and pharmaceutical space," said Joe Sims, the Jones Day partner responsible for coordinating the Firm's activities in California. "The fact that we continue to attract some very accomplished lawyers in California is making it possible to broaden and deepen the services we offer -- in California and around the world -- and to open opportunities for improved client service to our existing clients and for the creation of potential new relationships."

Mr. Darmer has represented a range of clients in civil and criminal investigations, and has supervised numerous internal investigations on behalf of corporations and board committees. He has extensive experience handling SEC enforcement actions and white collar criminal matters, and also handles a wide range of complex civil litigation. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Darmer served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1995 to 1999, where he handled grand jury investigations, prosecutions, and appeals. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. William C. Canby, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1987 to 1988. Mr. Darmer regularly serves as pro bono counsel to a range of indigent clients and is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the Central District of California's Southern Division. He earned his law degree from Yale University Law School and his undergraduate degree from Yale University.

Ms. Spain's practice spans patent counseling, prosecution, and litigation in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries. Her clients represent many sectors of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Ms. Spain frequently assists clients with the development and implementation of streamlined and business oriented intellectual property strategies. She focuses on the shaping of patent portfolios that achieve offensive and defensive goals in view of competitive technologies and life-cycle management, and has significant experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. patent applications, as well as the management of corresponding foreign proceedings. Ms. Spain has been recognized for her experience in both patent prosecution and litigation in the Legal 500 United States, and she is a frequent presenter at industry conferences on topics related to life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and portfolio management. Ms. Spain earned a graduate degree in the Department of Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology at UCLA, received her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Riverside.

Dr. Gay focuses his practice on pharmaceutical and biotechnology intellectual property law. He advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on the strategic design, acquisition, and management of intellectual property portfolios, with particular attention to the integration of business objectives and competitive technologies. Dr. Gay's experience includes evaluating patent portfolios and conducting due diligence for venture capital, private and public financing, as well as for mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas. He has been named among the San Diego County Top Attorneys by The Daily Transcript, co-chaired the Special Committee on Biosciences and Chemical Practice for the ABA Section on Intellectual Property Law for the past two years, and served as the co- chair for the Licensing Committee and as the chair of the Patent Licensing Subcommittee for the same ABA Section. Dr. Gay received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.

Among the patent agents, Dr. Cadena focuses her practice on all aspects of life sciences and biotechnology and has 13 years of experience prosecuting patents. She was awarded her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Behar focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the chemical arts including in the fields of small molecule and biological pharmaceuticals, applied chemical nanotechnology and material science, and diagnostic tools. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University. Dr. Hebert focuses his practice on drafting U.S. and international patent applications in the areas of personalized medicine, stem cells, pharmaceuticals, antibodies, and molecular biology. He earned his Ph.D. in human and molecular genetics from the University of Texas at Houston. Jones Day's San Diego Office now counts 13 of its lawyer and patent professionals with Ph.D. degrees, and has 23 professionals dedicated to Intellectual Property in San Diego.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers, including over 400 in Europe and 200 in Asia, located in 32 centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world's best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies. In California, Jones Day has more than 300 lawyers in five offices (San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Diego).

Greenberg Traurig Expands SoCal Real Estate Practice With Five From Morgan Lewis

Petra Pasternak, The Recorder, November 4, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — Greenberg Traurig has beefed up its real estate practice in Southern California with the addition of five lawyers from Morgan Lewis.

Partners L. Bruce Fischer and Scott Morehouse joined the Irvine office Friday as partners, bringing with them three associates: Howard Chu, Irene Kim and Tatyana Litovsky.

Their group focuses on real estate funds, REITs and pension funds and their advisers in financings, acquisitions and dispositions, among other matters.

Fischer, who had been at Morgan Lewis for six years and will now head Greenberg's real estate group in Orange County, says he wasn't looking to make a change. Greenberg was compelling, though, because it has more real estate lawyers -- and supports practices such as finance, bankruptcy, tax and litigation -- in the markets where Fischer and Morehouse have been handling deals in the past three to five years, Fischer said. These markets include New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

"Morgan Lewis is a great firm," Fischer said, "but Greenberg provides a very, very fertile national and international platform with offices in all the strategic areas [important to our practice]." He said clients have included KBS Captial Advisors and Stoneridge Capital.

Morehouse said Greenberg's commitment to real estate and real estate finance and fund work clinched the deal for the group. "They have a historical focus on that and are looking to grow in California," he said.

The deal was brokered by Southern California legal recruiter Carole Yamin of Network Legal Recruiting.

Two San Diego Partners Leave McDermott For Jones Day

Petra Pasternak, The Recorder, October 28, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — Jones Day is picking up two life sciences partners in Southern California from McDermott, Will & Emery.

David Gay, a pharmaceutical and biotech IP attorney, and Astrid Spain, who specializes in patent counseling, prosecution and litigation, are slated to join the San Diego office as partners in coming weeks, Jones Day partner Joe Sims confirmed today.

McDermott's John Hankins, who heads the San Diego office, said the two rainmakers were leaving sometime in November. He declined to comment about what their departure meant for the small office. After Gay and Spain leave, the office, which focuses on IP matters in high-tech areas such as telecommunications and medical devices, and corporate work for emerging companies, will have eight lawyers and four patent agents. "We'll need to evaluate things," Hankins said. "They're valued members of our firm and we wish them well."

San Francisco legal recruiter Gary Davis, who was not involved in the deal but has worked with Jones Day in the past, said Gay and Spain's move was not surprising given the energy in Jones Day's San Diego office. Jones Day opened the office in 2004 with Anthony Insogna, "a very charismatic partner" formerly with the Pennie & Edmonds firm, Davis noted. With the latest laterals, Jones Day will have 34 lawyers in San Diego serving clients such as Amgen Inc., AstraZeneca and BioSphere Medical. "I can't think of any other firm in San Diego that's gone from zero to 34 in that same time frame."

Gay and Spain had been at McDermott since the firm opened in San Diego in 2003. They did not immediately return calls for comment.

Moving On… Law Firm Hirings, July 12, 2010

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has added patent attorney Alan M. Lenkin from Fulbright & Jaworski. Lenkin focuses his practice on IP matters for both emerging companies and more established high-technology companies…

Civil litigation firm Murchison & Cumming, LLP announced that Carlos E. Needham and Steven C. Spronz have become Of Counsel to the firm and that Molly E. Healy has joined the firm as an associate. Needham was formerly a partner at Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP. His practice focuses his practice on insurance coverage/bad faith and complex civil litigation matters involving product liability, science-related issues, mass tort claims, consumer class actions and environmental matters. Spronz is a business and real estate transactions attorney who has represented a broad spectrum of domestic and foreign business entities, including public and private equity funds, in a variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions; partnership, joint venture, financing and corporate business matters; and the acquisition, disposition, financing, development and leasing of real estate…

Robert L. Echols, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee, is joining the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC as a Member following his retirement from the bench on July 22. His first day at the firm will be August 2. Echols brings 45 years of legal experience, including 18 years of experience on the federal bench…

Robert McLaughlin has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson's New York office as a partner in its asset management and financial services practice. McLaughlin was previously co-chairman of the Katten Muchin Rosenman's structured products practice.

Greenberg Traurig Hits Goal in San Francisco office

Petra Pasternak, Daily Business Review, May 24, 2010

When Greenberg Traurig opened its San Francisco office in February, the firm pledged to have 12 to 15 lawyers within two weeks of the launch.

It may have taken a bit longer than planned, but Greenberg Traurig has brought its total attorney count in the city to 15 with the addition of three lawyers in March and April.

Scott Lawson joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where he was a partner; Evan Nadel came aboard from Squire Sanders & Dempsey, where he was of counsel; and Marc Baluda joined from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where he also was of counsel.

All three joined Greenberg Traurig as partners.

They found their way to the 1,770-lawyer firm along different routes.

Office co-founding partner Samuel Shepherd and Lawson are former Quinn Emanuel colleagues.

"Lawson is my best friend for 10 years at Quinn," Shepherd said. "I called him five thousand times" to persuade him to make the jump to Greenberg Traurig. Both focus on complex commercial litigation and employment law, among other things.

Nadel came through recruiter Carole Yamin, Shepherd said. He said Baluda, who represents clients in financings, called him upon a recommendation from a friend of Shepherd's.

Shepherd is still looking - for patent litigators, a "young gun" or an established group. He described the ideal candidates as "people who are extremely passionate about their practice, whatever that may be."

Lawson, who said Shepherd hired him at Quinn in 1998, said their long-standing relationship played a role. So did the opportunity to build an office for a full-service international firm.

"Greenberg has more offices in this country than any other firm," he said. "The internal cross-marketing possibilities are very good."

Nadel, who has family and strong business connections in Florida, said Greenberg's seven offices in the Sunshine State were appealing.

"I've done tech-related litigation and class action litigation in Florida," said Nadel, who joined after four years at Squire Sanders. And he no longer has to worry about referring work to other firms, which he said he did on occasion from Squire Sanders.

Petra Pasternak reports for the Recorder in San Francisco, an ALM affiliate of the Daily Business Review.

Greenberg Traurig Expands San Francisco Presence

Greenberg Traurig, May 17, 2010

People: Marc R. Baluda | Scott G. Lawson | Evan Nadel

Experience: Corporate & Securities | Intellectual Property & Technology | Litigation

Related Offices: San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (May 17, 2010) — The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has expanded its San Francisco corporate, litigation and intellectual property teams with the addition of shareholders Marc Baluda, Scott Lawson and Evan Nadel. Greenberg Traurig opened the San Francisco office, its fifth in California, on February 1 of this year.

Baluda previously was in the San Francisco office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. He focuses his practice on the representation of middle-market and emerging growth companies seeking financing. He is nationally recognized in the area of employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) transactions. Baluda typically continues to advise clients post-transaction regarding their operations. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings and his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Lawson was in the San Francisco office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Lawson practices in the areas of business litigation, trade-secret and other employee-movement litigation, unfair competition and employment litigation. He has also represented companies and their officers and directors in securities litigation and related investigations. He received his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Nadel was in the San Francisco office of Squire Sanders & Dempsey, LLP. Nadel's practice centers on technology-related litigation and class-action defense. He has extensive experience in intellectual property and commercial contract disputes, as well as in trade-secret, unfair competition, consumer products, false advertising and securities litigation. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Akin Gump Expands Litigation Practice

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP, April 13, 2009

(Los Angeles, California) – Richard K. Welsh has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Los Angeles as a partner in the litigation practice, the firm announced today.

Mr. Welsh is a trial lawyer who represents companies in diverse industry sectors including energy, telecommunications, entertainment, video-gaming, finance, satellite, real estate and retail in matters ranging from high-stakes class actions and novel insurance coverage disputes to commercial contract and tort disputes involving billions of dollars of potential liability. He is currently lead counsel in the Northern District of California for one of the largest energy companies in the world in a dispute involving property damage claims allegedly resulting from global warming and related insurance coverage litigation in Virginia arising from that suit.

Rex Heinke, leader of Akin Gump's appellate practice, said, "Richard is an experienced and successful trial lawyer. His demonstrated skills and victories will substantially enhance our ability to deliver first-rate service to our clients. We are very pleased to welcome him to the firm."

Mr. Welsh added, "Akin Gump has a nationally recognized practice in complex general litigation and appellate work, with industry sector specialties that really complement my practice."

Mr. Welsh received his B.A. summa cum laude in 1997 from the University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D. in 2000 from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he received the Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. He joins the firm from Greenberg Traurig, where he was a litigation shareholder.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.