The IP STARS research team keeps a close watch on lateral hires, departures and other developments in firms. Below is a roundup of some of the people moves and firm news in the Americas this past month.



Latham continues patent litigation hiring spree

After gaining attention from the market for its hiring of Adam Perlman in Washington DC, Latham & Watkins continued to expand its patent litigation bench with the recent additions of Arlene Chow and Ernest Yakob from Hogan Lovells. Both are experienced in life sciences patent disputes for branded pharmaceutical companies. Chow is currently ranked as an IP Star.


Potomac Law Group adds leading trademark expert in DC

Regional IP boutique Potomac Law Group welcomed recognized trademark attorney Julia Anne Matheson as a partner in the Washington DC office. She focuses her practice on trademark clearance, portfolio management and licensing, among other areas. Matheson joined from Hogan Lovells and is currently ranked as an IP Star. The firm has raised its profile recently with other key hires, including Thomas Lennon from Hunton Andrews Kurth and Douglas Ringel from Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni in April.


Kilpatrick boosts Seattle office with patent attorney hire

Nathan Maki recently joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Seattle office as a partner. He is a registered patent attorney, and focuses his practice on prosecution and strategy for clients in the electronics sector. Maki moved to the firm from regional firm Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt and has more than 20 years of experience in the field.


Arnold & Porter copyright attorney moves to Los Angeles boutique

Copyright and trademark litigator John Ulin recently joined LA-based TroyGould from Arnold & Porter.Ulin is focused on copyright and trademark disputes for clients in the film, television, music and fashion industries, among others.


Haynes and Boone boosts patent practice on the West Coast

Haynes and Boone recently added patent attorney Philip Albert to its Palo Alto office from Davis Wright Tremaine. Albert focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling for clients in the software and electronics sectors.


Boies Schiller loses another partner with Mintz Levin lateral

Following a string of notable litigation departures, Courtney Rockett is the latest to leave Boies Schiller Flexner with her move to Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo. Operating as a partner in the firm’s New York office, Rockett’s multifaceted practice includes a focus on copyright and entertainment litigation for major music, film and television entities.


Texas-based firm adds team of IP attorneys in Dallas and Houston

Regional firm Shackelford Bowen McKinley & Norton made news with its recent hiring of four IP partners from Dallas-based Winstead. The team includes Henry Erlich, David Lovell, David Odom and Ross Robinson, bolstering the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices. The laterals bring expertise in patent, trademark and copyright matters.


West Coast firm adds Arent Fox IP attorneys

San Diego-based firm Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch hired a seven-attorney IP team from Arent Fox, including partners Jonas Hodges and Sheree Rowe. Hodges joined the firm’s Irvine office and Rowe will be based in the Palo Alto location. Both attorneys focus on patent prosecution and counseling for clients in the electronics sector.


Erise IP adds former SAP in-house counsel to its bench

Kansas City-area-based Erise IP recently hired attorney Jason Gorden following a 13-year tenure as IP counsel at SAP. Gorden offers expertise in portfolio management related to patents, trademarks and copyrights.


Nutter grows IP practice in Boston

Nutter McClennen & Fish recently hired Mark Leonardo as a partner in the firm’s Boston base. Leonardo specializes in patent and trademark counseling and IP litigation. He joined the firm from Brown Rudnick.


Phillips Nizer hires IP litigator in New York

Tod Melgar recently joined Phillips Nizer’s New York office from Sill Cummis & Gross. As a partner in the firm’s IP group, Melgar focuses his practice on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright disputes. He also specializes in IP counseling and portfolio management.




Casey Chisick elected head of Copyright Society

Cassels Brock & Blackwell’s IP co-chair Casey Chisick was recently made vice president and president-elect of the Copyright Society, a professional organization focused on copyright law awareness. He is the first practitioner from Canada to hold the position, according to the firm. Chisick was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Copyright Practitioner in Canada award by Managing Intellectual Property and is a current IP Star.


More firm news and people moves

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