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Ryan McBeth joined McKool Smith

Patent litigator Ryan McBeth has joined McKool Smith’s Houston office as a principal. Prior to joining, McBeth was a senior counsel at Bracewell.


Verso Law Group hired Greg Gilchrist

Commercial and intellectual property litigator Greg Gilchrist joined Verso Law Group as a partner. Gilchrist was previously with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.


Winston & Strawn welcomed Brian Ferguson

Patent litigator Brian Ferguson joined Winston & Strawn as a partner in its litigation practice. Ferguson brings over 30 years of experience to the firm. He was co-head of the patent litigation group at Weil Gotshal & Manges.


Jeffrey Ward joined Neal Gerber & Eisenberg

Neal Gerber & Eisenberg hired patent attorney Jeffrey Ward as a partner in its IP practice. He was previously with Green Griffith & Borg-Breen.


Debevoise & Plimpton hired John Neukom

Debevoise & Plimpton hired former Skadden IP litigation leader John (Jay) Neukom as a partner in its IP practice in San Francisco.


Husch Blackwell strengthened its life sciences practice

Lisa Thomas and Bryan Stewart joined the Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education industry group of Husch Blackwell as partners. Thomas joined from Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, while Stewart was previously with Morris Manning & Martin.


Abigail Struthers returned to Arnold & Porter

Patent litigator Abigail Struthers has rejoined Arnold & Porter’s IP practice as a partner in its New York office. Struthers was previously with Sandoz, where she served as senior IP litigation counsel.


Charlotte Jacobsen joined Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher welcomed life sciences patent litigator Charlotte Jacobsen to its IP practice in New York. Jacobsen was previously a partner at Ropes & Gray.


Ken Parker back to Haynes Boone

IP trial lawyer Ken Parker rejoined Haynes Boone as a partner in the firm’s IP litigation practice. Parker joined from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.


Jeffrey Toney joined Akerman

Jeffrey Toney joined Akerman’s IP practice in Atlanta as a partner. Prior to this move, Toney was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery.


Quinn Emanuel welcomed Robin McGrath

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan bolstered its IP litigation practice in Atlanta with the hire of IP litigator Robin McGrath. McGrath joined from Duane Morris.


Goodwin hired medtech IP lawyer Scott Bluni

IP partner Scott Bluni has joined Goodwin’s life sciences practice as a partner. Bluni was previously the managing principal and co-founder at Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni.


Allisen Pawlenty joined Coates IP

Former Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partner and trade mark attorney Allisen Pawlenty has joined Coates IP as a partner.


BakerHostetler hired an IP team from Morgan Lewis

BakerHostetler has expanded its IP practice group in California with the hire of an IP team led by Mark J Itri and Michael Dreznes. Patent attorney Mark Bentley, who joined as a partner, is among the new joiners. The team joined from Morgan Lewis & Bockius.


Tom Schaumberg joined Levi & Snotherly

ITC litigator Tom Schaumberg has joined Levi & Snotherly as a principal. As a result of the move, the firm rebranded as Levi Snotherly & Schaumberg. Schaumberg was previously a partner at Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg, which has also rebranded as AMS Trade.


Arent Fox and Schiff Hardin complete merger

Arent Fox and Schiff Hardin completed their merger in March 2022 to form ArentFox Schiff. The new firm is led by chair Anthony Lupo and co-managing partners Cristina Carvalho and Joseph Krasovec III.



Cassels hired Mark Davis

Mark Davis has joined Cassels Brock & Blackwell’s Toronto office as an IP partner. Davis was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. This follows the arrival of trade mark attorney Jennifer McKenzie late last year.


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