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Kasowitz Makes Silicon Valley HireFirm is still in the market for talent in the area, says one partner
Patent litigator Steven Carlson is leaving Fish & Richardson to lead the Silicon Valley office of Kasowitz, arriving as the firm rebuilds in the Valley. Earlier this month, the head of the office, Douglas Lumish, jumped to Latham & Watkins with two other Silicon Valley-based partners and a New York-based partner.
2013-05-14 02:10:46 PM
Patent litigator Steven Carlson is leaving Fish & Richardson to lead the Silicon Valley office of Kasowitz.
Carlson, who fields disputes involving patents and trade secrets, arrives as Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman rebuilds in the Valley. Earlier this month, the head of the less than two-year-old office, Douglas Lumish, jumped to Latham & Watkins with two other Silicon Valley-based partners and a New York-based partner. Two associates in the Valley have followed the team to Latham so far.
Kasowitz partner Aaron Marks said Carlson quickly emerged as the right lawyer to lead the office.
"He has a great background, and we believe that he is a real team player," Marks said. "It was a natural pick for us."
Carlson is already a known commodity in the office. Before jumping to Fish & Richardson in 2008, Carlson spent seven years at the Silicon Valley office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During that time, Carlson worked with Lumish and some associates who followed him to Kasowitz.
One of those associates, Okey Onyejekwe, was recently promoted to partner at Kasowitz, which now counts eight associates in the office.
"Kasowitz has done a great job of establishing an IP practice here," Carlson said. "I look forward to joining their IP group and helping them expand their successful practice."
Carlson expects to join Kasowitz within several weeks, after fulfilling his contractual obligations to Fish & Richardson. He said his first priority will be to take stock of the ongoing matters that Kasowitz has retained. Lumish told The Recorder that he left some matters behind due to conflicts.
Marks confirmed that Kasowitz and Latham will be handling one of Lumish's upcoming cases, Transperfect Global v. Motionpoint, 10-02590, as co-counsel. That case is set to go to trial in the Northern District of California in June.
With Carlson on board, Kasowitz is still in the market for talent in Silicon Valley, Marks said. He added that the firm is interested in bringing its largest practice, commercial litigation, to the Valley, though the office's focus remains intellectual property at present.
"This is going to be a terrific growth period for both our IP group nationally and the Silicon Valley office in particular," he said.
Carlson declined to comment on whether he will bring any other attorneys or matters with him from Fish & Richardson.
"Steve is a colleague and a friend," a spokesman for Fish & Richardson wrote in an email. "We are excited for him and wish him well.
Carlson began his legal career by clerking for Judge Paul Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. District Judge Roderick McKelvie of the District of Delaware. He has defended clients including medical diagnostic manufacturer Cepheid, pharmaceutical company Allergan Inc. and technology company SRI in patent litigation. He has also authored Patent Case Management Judicial Guide and Patents in Germany and Europe: Procurement, Enforcement, and Defense, a work written with Fish's lawyers in Munich.