Industry moves and mergers

Allisen Pawlenty-Altman

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has announced the addition of Allisen Pawlenty-Altman to its Washington DC office. Pawlenty-Altman rejoins the firm after serving as corporate counsel at Amazon for two years, to become a partner in the trademark and copyright team. Her practice focuses on domestic and international trademark counselling, portfolio management and enforcement.

DLA Piper (Canada) has agreed to combine with IP law firm Dimock Stratton. The move sees 16 lawyers from Dimock Stratton join the DLA Piper office in Toronto as of November 1 2016. DLA Piper has also announced that Larissa Park has joined the IP and technology practice as a partner in the Boston office.

Michael Rader

Boutique Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks has established a new office in New York, headed up by shareholder Michael Rader, co-chair of the litigation practice. Rader will be joined by other shareholders from the firm’s main office in Boston and is seeking to grow the office through recruitment of lateral talent and new attorneys.

Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko has joined Ukranian firm Marchenko Danevych. Aleksyeyenko boasts nearly a decade of legal experience in merger clearances and investigations involving unfair competition, abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive behaviour, as well as advising clients on issues related to intellectual property.

Morgan Lewis has established a new outpost in Shanghai - the firm’s sixth in Asia and its 29th worldwide. The office will be led by global corporate transactional lawyers Mitch Dudek, Todd Liao, Alex Wang, Eddie Hsu and Cindy Pan, and will offer IP protection and enforcement services.

Luisa María Alvarez Dávalos has joined Barrera y Asociados – Barlaw as an associate. Alvarez Dávalos previously worked as a legal assistant at Henry Carus and Associates in Australia, where she served as a trademark attorney.

The VLP Law Group has expanded its organisation with the appointment of Edward Kwok as a partner in the IP practice group, which is based in Silicon Valley, California.

Charles D Ossola has joined Hunton & Williams as a partner in its IP group in Washington. Ossola focuses his international practice on IP litigation and counselling, including trademark, patent, copyright and trade secret matters.

Knobbe Martens has added 24 new associates across the firm. Thirteen have joined the Orange County office, including Marc Chatenay-Lapointe, Suhai Guo, Alexander Kappner, David T Kim, Lesley Kim, Nathan Lee, Josepher Li, John Morales, Vicki Nee, Jacob Rosenbaum, James Smith, Albert Sueiras and Douglas Wentzel.

Venable has announced the addition of first-chair IP litigator Robert M Isackson as a partner in its New York office. Isackson joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he was also a partner.

Andrews Kurth has bolstered its IP and technology practice by adding 55 lawyers from Kenyon & Kenyon. The firm will market its IP and technology practice, as well as certain offices, as Andrews Kurth Kenyon, with the addition of a Silicon Valley presence in Palo Alto, California helping to expand its geographical footprint.

Brooks Kushman has announced the addition of IP attorney Thomas A Runk to its Los Angeles office.

Joshua L Simmons

Kirkland & Ellis has promoted 81 attorneys to partner, including Joshua L Simmons, who focuses on IP matters such as trademarks, copyright, patents, right of publicity and trade secrets. His practice encompasses litigation, counselling and regulatory and legislative policy. Also promoted to partner are IP litigation lawyers Ali-Reza Boloori, Eric Cheng, Alex Henriques, Ryan Kane, Robert Kang, Adam M Kaufmann, James H McConnell, Vishesh Narayen and Jeremy D Wilson.

Michael V Solomita has joined Chadbourne & Parke’s New York office as a partner in the IP group. He joins from Sheppard Mullin, where he was a partner.

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