Fox Rothschild has opened an office in Denver with the addition of three partners from Bryan Cave.
Neal S. Cohen, Scott R. Bialecki and Mark L. Yaskanin bring a patent litigation and prosecution focus to the new office. The trio also focuses on intellectual property litigation and regulatory guidance. The group’s addition follows on the heels of the addition of several intellectual property lawyers across the firm’s offices in Washington, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
Fox Rothschild’s launch in Denver comes amid the city’s emergence as an intellectual property hub.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is set to open a regional facility in Denver, and Legal affiliate The American Lawyer‘s recent report on intellectual property law noted a number of big firms are bulking up their intellectual property practices in the Denver-Boulder area, thanks to a thriving tech industry of local startups and national companies. Bryan Cave was mentioned in that article as seeing a sharp rise in requests out of its Boulder office from digital media and marketing companies.
“Denver is experiencing dynamic growth in many business sectors, and that, combined with the recent announcement by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that it would open a regional facility in the city, create tremendous opportunities for us and for our clients,” Fox Rothschild managing partner Mark L. Silow said in a statement. “We are thrilled that Neal, Scott and Mark will lead our newest office and help our clients move forward with their business and personal legal needs related to intellectual property, litigation and patent law in the Denver area.”
Fox Rothschild has joined a small group of Pennsylvania-based firms with offices in the Mile High City. Cozen O’Connor has an eight-lawyer office in Denver. Ballard Spahr’s 34-lawyer Denver location focuses on real estate development and finance. Blue Bell, Pa.-based insurance boutique Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst had a Denver office, but it closed earlier this year after the lawyers there joined another firm.
Silow said in an interview Thursday that the group joining spends about two-thirds of its time on patent prosecution and litigation and other forms of IP law, while spending the rest of its time on general commercial litigation.
While he wouldn’t put a figure on the revenue the trio would bring to the firm, Silow said he expected the group to be “economically self-sufficient from the get-go.” A number of paralegals will be making the move to the new office. Silow said the firm would review what type of associate support the office required. The goal, as with any new office at the firm, is to make it full-service in terms of practice areas, he said.
Fox Rothschild had identified Denver as a potential new market and then realized it had a number of clients who were based in the region or who had significant operations in the region, Silow said. After discussions with those clients, Silow said the firm feels good about the possibilities of increasing its work for them now that it is on the ground in the city.
Silow said the group that is joining just so happened to be focused on intellectual property rather than the firm specifically seeking to open with that practice area.
Fox Rothschild had been using a number of recruiters to help it identify potential groups to open a new Denver office. It turned out that members of the Bryan Cave group had worked with a Fox Rothschild partner in Los Angeles and one of the three was a law school classmate of another Fox Rothschild partner, Silow said.
Aside from intellectual property, Denver is also a big market for energy and natural resources. That is a practice area Silow said Fox Rothschild is not very involved with now but would like to be.
Denver isn’t the first location in the western United States for Fox Rothschild. It has a presence in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Silow said the firm wants to continue to grow those offices. It has also identified as other potential growth targets any of the large cities in Texas and either Seattle or Portland, Ore., Silow said.
Denver makes for Fox Rothschild’s 17th office nationwide.