Connolly Bove managing partner Jeff Bove acknowledged the departure of Bourke's group and two other attorneys in a separate move in an email to Delaware Law Weekly. He said in the statement that the departing attorneys were not included in the discussions to merge with Novak Druce to create a new entity dubbed Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg.
"These departures were expected and it is not unusual when there is a merger that some attorneys may choose a different platform," Bove said in the statement. "These attorneys are joining large general practice firms that are very different than our vision for Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg. In fact, these departing attorneys were not considered in our discussions with or included in our plans with Novak Druce given earlier indications of the desire to be with a general practice firm. We have enjoyed working with them and wish them all the best."
"We are very excited that our merger is proceeding on schedule," he added.
Pino will represent clients in a variety of areas including patent counseling and opinions, litigation, and prosecution and re-examinations in pharmaceutical, biochemical and chemical matters. He previously served as co-vice chair of Connolly Bove's Washington, D.C., patent prosecution and counseling section.
He has experience with abbreviated new drug application litigation and proceedings before the International Trade Commission. In addition, Pino has a technical background that covers all subject matter involving small molecules, pharmaceuticals, organic chemistry and biochemical assays.
Cramer represents clients in patent infringement actions involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals and consumer products. During her time at Connolly Bove, she managed cases involving e-discovery in the United States and abroad, but it is not known if she will be handling e-discovery cases at Womble Carlyle.
Both Attaway and Severance are expected to represent clients in patent litigation, prosecution, counseling and trademark litigation in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Both also have experience in e-discovery cases.