James Elacqua and Andrew Thomases are jumping from Dechert to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Silicon Valley, according to people familiar with the deal.

Skadden is scooping up the two successful patent litigators after losing one of their own, Jeffrey Randall, to Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in August. Skadden has been pounding the pavement for a proven IP trial lawyer since then, according to recruiters and local patent lawyers.

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