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McDermott, Will & Emery’s D.C. office managed to maintain a steady glow against the economic gloom in 2002. The 212-lawyer office of the Chicago-based firm raked in $153 million in gross revenue in 2002, up from $137 million the year before. Timothy Waters, partner in charge in the District, says McDermott was cushioned from the blow many transaction-oriented firms suffered in 2002. “It was a very good year,” says Waters. “We weren’t as impacted as some firms because of fewer transactions. Across the board we were busier in 2002 than we were in 2001.” Members of McDermott’s D.C. intellectual property litigation team—including Ray Lupo, Donna Tanguay, Mark Davis, and Natalia Blinkova—scored a major patent litigation victory on behalf of Medtronic AVE when it persuaded a Delaware judge to overturn a 2000 verdict and a jury award of $271.1 million in damages to the Cordis Corp. in a consolidated civil action against Medtronic. The firm served as co-counsel for Medtronic with a legal team from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. The Washington intellectual property litigation group—including Chuck Work, Tom Steindler, Ray Lupo, Ken Cage, Dan Bucca, and Pascale Bishop—chalked up another win, this time on behalf of CIBA Vision, the eye care unit of Novartis AG. Judge Roderick McKelvie of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware ruled in favor of CIBA Vision’s wholly owned subsidiary the Wesley Jessen Corp., which claimed that Bausch & Lomb’s PureVision product infringed Wesley Jessen’s patent for various silicone hydrogel materials for contact lenses. The firm’s energy and derivatives markets group in the District, led by partner Paul Pantano, defended several wholesale energy suppliers before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in investigations and litigation spawned by the California energy crisis. The group also represented several clients, including Morgan Stanley, Shell Energy, Merrill Lynch, and J. Aron in structured energy transactions and federal and state regulatory matters. D.C. antitrust partners Joseph Winterscheid and Joel Grosberg, as well as associate Stephen Sullivan, represented the Timken Co. in connection with its pending $840 million acquisition of the Torrington Co. from the Ingersoll-Rand Co. Stanton Anderson, head of the firm’s D.C. legislative practice group, is leading a group of McDermott lawyers asked to help respond to the litigation woes of manufacturers of asbestos products, most of which have filed for bankruptcy as increasing numbers of lawsuits are being filed against them. At the request of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, McDermott lawyers are helping to organize industrywide defense efforts, management of client exposure, and development of strategic alternatives to the litigation. Last year, the lawyer head count at McDermott’s D.C. office grew by nine. Net income rose by a healthy 14 percent, to $71 million. And McDermott topped the million dollar mark for profits per partner. Profits were divided between two fewer equity partners in the D.C. office in 2002. Revenue per lawyer rose by nearly 7 percent, to $725,000. “We’re still trying to grow, but we’re not looking to achieve a particular number,” says Waters.

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