This news roundup features Burns & Levinson, Foley & Lardner, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, McAndrews Held & Malloy, Merchant & Gould, Michael Best & Friedrich, Sheppard Mullin, Steptoe & Johnson, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, Dentons, Spruson & Ferguson and WilmerHale.


Burns & Levinson
Burns & Levinson welcomed three life sciences attorneys: Daniel Clarke, Christopher Cowles and Richard Emmons. They all joined from Mintz Levin in Boston.

Foley & Lardner
Karen Mangasarian joined the firm as a partner in the New York office. Mangasarian advises on patent matters in the life sciences sector. She was previously at Ropes & Gray.

Hogan Lovells
Hogan Lovells is to combine with Collora, a litigation boutique in Boston, on September 1. The firm says the new office in Boston will focus on litigation and investigations in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

Jones Day
Patent lawyers Andrea Jeffries and Emily Tait have joined as partners in the firm’s IP practice in Los Angeles and Detroit, respectively. Jeffries is an IP litigator, with a significant practice on patents, while Tait advises on contentious and non-contentious patent matters.

McAndrews Held & Malloy
Kathleen Meyer has joined McAndrews Held & Malloy in Chicago as a shareholder. She advises on patent and trade mark matters, including protection.

Merchant & Gould
Merchant & Gould has strengthened its New York patents practice with the hire of three patent attorneys: Jonathan Berschadsky, Frank DeLucia Jr., and Luciano Ricondo. Berschadsky and DeLucia, who joined as partners, were previously with IP firm Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto, while associate Ricondo joined from Ladas & Parry.

Michael Best & Friedrich
Michael Best & Friedrich added Mircea Tipescu as a partner in Chicago and Andrew Eisenberg as a partner in Austin. Tipescu deals with patent protection and litigation and was previously with Brinks Gilson & Lione while Eisenberg advises on patent and trade mark matters.

Sheppard Mullin
Daniel E Schnapp joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in its entertainment and digital media practice and co-leader of its technology transactions practice. Schnapp advises on technology and soft IP transactions including entertainment content licensing, and was previously with Hughes Hubbard & Reed. He brought along associates Alexis Robinson and Genevieve Perez.

Steptoe & Johnson
IP litigator Kelly Eberspecher joined Steptoe & Johnson as a partner in the Chicago office from Husch Blackwell. Eberspecher is experienced in a range of technical fields, including software, medical devices and life sciences.

Wolf Greenfield & Sacks
Michael Twomey joined Wolf Greenfield’s biotechnology group as a shareholder. Twomey advises on patent matters including protection and transactions. He was previously at WilmerHale.

Mandi Jacobson joined as partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Sydney. Jacobson was previously a senior associate with Baker McKenzie. Her sectoral focus is life sciences.

Spruson & Ferguson
Spruson & Ferguson opened a new office in Melbourne. The office will be headed by Tim Allen, who has joined the firm as a principal. Joining him are five new trade mark practitioners: Natalia Blecher, Christina Linforth-Barker, Brooke Walker, Silke Henning, and Tony Paton.

IP litigators Justin Watts and Matthew Shade have joined WilmerHale from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. Both joined as partners. Watts is listed as a patent star in IP STARS 2017.