Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Alexandria, Va., office picked up more than the 48 attorneys when the firm acquired intellectual property boutique Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis in 2005. The acquisition also brought serious client conflicts, which has now resulted in a gain of six IP lawyers for Crowell & Moring’s D.C. office. When it comes to Buchanan’s IP clients, new Crowell partner E. Joseph Gess says, “We were kind of running into each other.” Gess previously headed Buchanan’s Alexandria and Silicon Valley offices. He estimates that more than 30 clients and about 6,500 active patent prosecution matters were moved to Crowell. Gess, who was partner-in-charge of Burns, Doane when it joined with Buchanan, and Teresa Stanek Rea, also formerly with Burns, Doane, led the move. Rea was previously chairwoman of Buchanan’s biotechnology practice, and she is president-elect of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Gess and Rea chose Crowell, Gess says, because friends there spoke highly of the firm’s now-55-lawyer IP practice. Buchanan’s CEO, Thomas VanKirk, says he had been discussing the client problems with Gess and Rea for three months, but he says the decision to leave was ultimately theirs. Clients represented by the departed group include Chevron, Johns Manville, Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Elan Pharmaceuticals, and XenoPort. VanKirk says Gess’ work for Chevron had spurred “two or three separate conflict issues” with other Buchanan clients who compete with the energy company. Also joining are partner Melissa Hayworth and associates Asaf Batelman, Mary Bram, and Deborah Yellin. Crowell also picked up C. Randolph Ross from Buchanan’s Philadelphia office.
Marisa McQuilken can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.