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Dickstein Shapiro recruited patent litigators Jeffrey Sherwood and Frank Cimino Jr. from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s D.C. office earlier this month, making for a total of four lateral partners that have joined the group in 2008. Head of Dickstein’s 80-lawyer IP practice Gary Hoffman says he hopes the group will number more than 90 attorneys by the year’s end. Hoffman and two associates founded the IP practice 22 years ago. That’s about the time Sherwood started at Akin Gump, where he was co-chairman of the firmwide patent litigation group. After spending 21 years at his former firm, Sherwood says the decision to move was difficult, but he says he found Dickstein’s “high energy level” and commitment to IP very attractive. He and Cimino follow close behind Charles Ossola and Gina Hough, who both joined as partners in January — Ossola from Arnold & Porter, and Hough from Fannie Mae. Sherwood says it isn’t certain if his and Cimino’s clients will continue to work with Akin Gump. But according to Hoffman, demand for litigation work among Dickstein’s IP clients — which include DuPont, IBM, Samsung, and Sallie Mae — is already high. In an e-mailed statement, Steven Zager, the head of Akin Gump’s IP practice, said he wishes both Sherwood and Cimino well.
Marisa McQuilken can be contacted at [email protected].

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