Fish & Richardson has snatched two lawyers from Goodwin Procter’s intellectual property department, DAVID HOSP and MARK PUZELLA, who have regularly worked together for 13 years. The pair joined their new firm’s Boston office as principals this week in the intellectual property litigation group.
The two attorneys will continue to represent Aereo Group Inc. in a closely watched copyright case that pits the online television streaming company against mainstream television networks such as Fox Broadcasting Company, Disney/ABC Television Group, CBS Broadcasting Inc., which sued the Barry Diller–backed start-up last year over Aereo’s business model of making broadcast programs available on the Internet without paying licensing fees.
Sibling publication Litigation Daily has extensively covered the case, including naming Hosp as Litigator of the Week in July alongside cocounsel from Winston & Strawn after a judge rejected a preliminary injunction against Aereo that would have shut down its service while the litigation proceeded. The networks are appealing the Manhattan district court judge’s decision, which relies on precedent set during the advent of the digital video recorder.
According to the firm, Hosp and Puzella plan to continue working for longtime clients including New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc., which they are currently advising on a trademark litigation case, as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Monotype Imaging, Inc., and Iconics Inc.
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Baker & McKenzie has hired intellectual property attorney KENSAKU TAKASE, formerly of counsel with Hogan Lovells. Takase has joined the firm’s Tokyo branch as a partner and will work in the intellectual property, information technology, and electronic commerce group, where he will focus on cross-border cases.
Environmental and administrative lawyer DONALD ELLIOTT is the latest addition at Covington & Burling. Before moving to the firm’s Washington, D.C., office as senior of counsel, Elliott was a partner and chair of the worldwide environment, health and safety department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Cozen O’Connor has bolstered its London office with DONNA GOLDSWORTHY as a new member, the firm’s term for partner, in the commercial litigation and arbitration group. Before moving to Cozen O’Connor, Goldsworthy was a partner with Fox Williams in its litigation practice.
There were two new hires at Davis Wright Tremaine this week. ERICA WILSON has joined the intellectual property practice in San Francisco as a partner and will focus on patent and technology-related matters. Most recently, Wilson was a partner with Goodwin Procter. DON BUDER, who specializes in the food and beverage industry, joins the firm’s San Francisco office, also as a partner. Buder is the cofounder and managing partner of the MBV Law Firm, where he practiced for almost 30 years prior to joining Davis Wright.
DLA Piper has strengthened its litigation practice with a new partner, COURTNEY SALESKI, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia. As a prosecutor, Saleski specialized in health care fraud cases. At DLA, Saleski will work from the Philadelphia office.
Sidley Austin lost one of its partners to Edwards Wildman Palmer. JEFFREY CRANE has made the move to join Edwards Wildman’s litigation department as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office.
Foley & Lardner has a new of counsel with the arrival of JOEL SOLOMON in the Chicago office. Solomon will be working with the real estate team on a wide range of cases including project development, foreclosure and litigation, and bankruptcy. Solomon is making the move from ST Residential, a real estate management group, where he was chief legal officer.
GLORIA LIU, a former senior associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind & Garrison, is now a partner with Goodwin Procter’s private equity and mergers and acquisitions practices in Hong Kong. Liu will focus her work on cross-border matters and investment in China.
MICHAEL KUSHNER has joined the New York office of Locke Lord as a partner in the tax group. Kushner’s practice focuses on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. He was most recently a partner with Moses & Singer in New York.
SCOTT KLINE has left Blank Rome, where he was a partner in the corporate finance and Asia group, to join Lucosky Brookman, a corporate finance and securities firm. Kline, who joins as a partner, will open a Los Angeles branch, also the firm’s first office on the West Coast. His practice covers commercial litigation and insurance and financial services litigation.
Two health care lawyers are moving to McDermott Will & Emery from Epstein Becker & Green as partners in the health industry advisory practice: DALE VAN DEMARK, a health care transactional lawyer who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and JASON CARON, who represents clients in legal, regulatory, and reimbursement matters. Both will reside in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart has added former National Labor Relations Board member BRIAN HAYES as a shareholder and cochair of its traditional labor relations practice group. Hayes spent two years at the NLRB after being appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010. He will work from the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
After 10 years in an in-house position with the Blackstone Group, an asset management company, JOSHUA ROVINE has gone back to former employer Sidley Austin as a partner in the pooled investment entities group in New York. During his time at Blackstone, Rovine was the general counsel of advisory services as well as chief compliance officer of Blackstone Capital Partners. MICHAEL O’BRIEN is also joining Sidley Austin as a partner in New York, in the mergers and acquisitions practice. He was most recently a partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, advising clients on investment transactions.
A former SNR Denton attorney and partner in the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice, TONY RICHARDSON, was appointed as a judge to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He started on the bench at the end of last year after being appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown.
Labor and employment attorney BRIAN TUROFF has lateraled to Venable in New York from Bryan Cave, where he was an associate. Turoff will work on issues including workplace and labor matters as of counsel.
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