John Christopher Rozendaal and
Michael Joffre (right) have joined Sterne Kessler
Goldstein & Fox as directors from litigation
boutique Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel. Rozendaal
will co-chair the litigation group with Byron Pickard, and
Joffre will co-chair the appellate group with Jon Wright.
Jamaica Szeliga has joined Seyfarth
Shaw’s litigation department as a partner
in Washington, DC. She comes from Leydig Voit & Mayer, and
focuses on intellectual property litigation relating to
biotechnology and pharmaceutical matters.
Marsha Hoover has joined Goldberg Kohn as
principal and group chair. She was previously with Chicago
IP boutique Marshall Gerstein & Borun, where she was a
partner in its trade marks and copyrights practices.
Steven Baughman (left) has joined
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison as a
partner in its litigation department in Washington DC. He was
previously partner and chair of the post-grant Patent Office
invalidity challenge practice at Ropes & Gray.
Ricardo Nunes has joined Brazilian law firm Daniel
Legal & IP Strategy as partner in the complex
litigation department. He was previously partner at Licks
Joshua Berman has joined White &
Case’s global commercial litigation
practice as a partner in its New York office. Berman focuses on
complex commercial litigation and intellectual property
disputes. He was formerly with Troutman Sanders.
George Summerfield has joined K&L Gates
as partner from Stadheim & Grear. Summerfield advises
on matters before the International Trade Commission, the
Patent Trial & Appeal Board, and the European Patent
Lee Sporn has joined Olshan Frome Wolosky
as of counsel in its intellectual property law practice, where
he will focus on clients in the luxury goods, fashion and
retail industries. Sporn was most recently senior
vice-president, business affairs, general counsel and corporate
secretary at Michael Kors Holdings Limited, where he worked 13
years. Before Michael Kors, Sporn was senior vice-president,
general counsel and corporate secretary at Kasper. He also
spent more than 11 years at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Paul Legaard (right) has joined
Stradley Ronon as a partner in its Malvern,
Pennsylvania office. He was previously a partner at Pepper
Hamilton. Legaard has a focus on the pharmaceutical,
nutraceutical, biotechnology, chemical, biomedical device and
scientific instrumentation industries.
Christopher Harnett and Thomas Vitt have joined
Jones Day as partners. Harnett joins from
Ropes & Gray, and is based in New York. He has appeared in
US district courts on behalf of clients in numerous patent
infringement and trade secret litigations Vitt joins from
Dorsey & Whitney, and is based in Minneapolis. He has acted
as lead counsel in a variety of patent, trademark, trade
secret, and unfair competition cases in trial and appellate
Ecuadorian IP firm CorralRosales has merged
with the intellectual property group of Estudio
Jurídico Gallegos, a law firm founded in 1961.
The new additions includes partner Francisco Gallegos and
associates Cristóbal Montúfar, Miguel Maigualema
and Mario Moncayo.
International Trade Commission litigator Daniel Sean Trainor
has joined O’Melveny &
Myer’s Washington, DC office as a
partner. He joins from Kirkland & Ellis.
Silicon Valley IP boutique
Fernando & Partners has joined
Squire Patton Boggs in Palo Alto. Ron Fernando
(left) joins as a partner, along with senior associates Bill
Higley and Jacob Smith, and associate Prateek Bhatnagar.
Marc Kaufman has joined Rimon as a partner
in Washington, DC. He was previously partner and co-leader for
the FinTech team at Reed Smith. He defended clients against
patent assertions in district court and through post-grant
administrative proceedings such as inter partes reviews.
Taraneh Maghamé has joined Via
Licensing as senior director, wireless programmes and
corporate development. Maghamé will lead the expansion
of Via’s LTE patent pool in partnership with
mobile technology innovators around the world. Before joining
Via, she was senior intellectual property licensing, strategy
and standards counsel at Apple, where she managed patent
licensing with a focus on standard essential patents and
standards development related to wireless technologies.
Patent litigators Nicole Jantzi and Paul Schoenhard have
joined McDermott Will & Emery as partners
in Washington, DC. They join from Ropes & Gray.
Sean Casey (right) has joined
Brooks Kushman as shareholder in its Los
Angeles office. His IP experience includes the preparation,
prosecution, and litigation of technologies that include
advanced aerospace technologies, complex computer hardware and
software systems and components. Casey was previously an
in-house IP counsel for Boeing, where he focused on managing a
large patent portfolio.
Patent attorney James Pohl has
Washington, DC office as a partner in its intellectual property
law group. He was previously at Morris & Kamlay, and has a
background in electrical engineering and applied physics.
Stephen Akerley has joined Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris
Glovsky and Popeo as a member in the San Francisco
office. Akerley advises clients on the full range of IP
litigation matters, serving as trial counsel in jurisdictions
throughout the US as well as before the International Trade
Commission and international tribunals. He joins from
Patent litigator Brian Rosenthal has joined Gibson
Dunn & Crutcher as a partner in the New York
office. He was previously at Mayer Brown.