Milbank hired IP litigators David Gindler, Gary Frischling, Lauren Drake and John Lu as partners in its Litigation and Arbitration Group in Los Angeles. They were previously with Irell & Manella, a firm ranked in California in the 2019 edition of IP STARS. Milbank was not ranked in California in the 2019 edition of IP STARS. The new partners strengthen the firm’s IP practice in California, which is led by IP star Mark Scarsi, and are experienced in dealing with life sciences and technology patent disputes. Gindler, who took over as Irell & Manella's managing partner in January 2019, and Frischling are ranked as IP stars.