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Three new partners will join international law firm Dewey Ballantine in its Washington office on June 25. Dirk D. Thomas, Robert A. Auchter and Kenneth A. Freeling all join the firm from the Washington office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP. Thomas will also serve as co-chair of the firm-wide intellectual property litigation group alongside Aldo A. Badini. Over the past 20 years, Thomas has represented clients such as Medtronic, Tulip Computers, Nikon and Eli Lilly. He has first-chaired patent infringement jury trials and arbitration hearings and has coordinated simultaneous patent infringement litigations in the U.S. and Europe. Freeling concentrates on cases involving the pharmaceutical, biological and medical device industries. Clients include Pfizer, CIBA Vision and Bayer. He also has experience working with major insurance companies and other commercial financial matters. Auchter represented ExxonMobil Chemical Company on patents involving polymers and obtaining licenses. He has litigated for clients in federal district and appellate courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and before the International Trade Commission. “Dirk, Bob and Ken join the firm at a time of explosive growth,” said Jeffrey L. Kessler, co-chair of the firm’s litigation department. The firm has grown by 10 percent in the past year. Twenty-four partners, including these newest arrivals, have joined Dewey Ballantine since March.

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