Intellectual Property Lawyers Make Big Moves: Power Circuit

Plus firms bone up on insurance practices and a journalist joins McDermott Will & Emery

By: Marisa M. Kashino

It’s a big week for intellectual property lawyers. Venable recently welcomed partner Justin Pierce back to its intellectual property practice from Sony Ericsson, where he was head of trademarks and brand protection. Pierce practiced at Venable before joining Sony in 2006.

Mark Koehn joined the intellectual property litigation practice at Latham & Watkins, where he is counsel. He was previously at Paul Hastings.

Intellectual property firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione welcomed Carl Charneski, a former administrative law judge at the US International Trade Commission.

Richard E.L. Henderson moved to the intellectual property group at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz from Bayer CropScience LP, where he was senior patent counsel. He is of counsel at Baker, Donelson.

Firms have also been building up their insurance practices. Perkins Coie added Selena Linde and Michael Sharkey as partners in its insurance coverage litigation group. Both previously practiced at Dickstein Shapiro.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips welcomed insurance recovery partners David Killalea and Stephen Raptis from Gilbert LLP.

Bruce Thompson Jr., formerly managing director and senior director of global government relations at Merrill Lynch, is now a vice president at lobbying firm Van Scoyoc Associates. He will focus on financial services and tax issues.

Finally—it’s not everyday that a veteran journalist joins a law firm, but that’s exactly what happened in McDermott Will & Emery’s government strategies group. Political reporter Jon Decker, most recently White House correspondent for Reuters Television, joined the firm as a senior professional advisor last week.Subscribe to Washingtonian
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