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Arthur Gajarsa, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr’s Boston office.

Gajarsa is a senior counsel to the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice.

In a statement, Gajarsa said he was looking for a special opportunity following his “thoroughly satisfying service as a judge on the Federal Circuit.

“The firm has developed a leading intellectual property practice with an extraordinary group of lawyers. I am happy to be a part of this team,” Gajarsa said.

President William Clinton nominated Gajarsa to the Federal Circuit in 1996. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997 and served 15 years before his June 2012 retirement.

Gajarsa’s previously career includes time as a litigator and a corporate lawyer. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Defense.

Gajarsa received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a master’s degree from Catholic University of America.

He is also the chairman of Rensselaer’s board of trustees.

Lisa Pirozzolo, who co-chairs Wilmer’s intellectual property litigation practice, said, “We’re really happy to have him here, given his experience and expertise in patent law and legal trends. We’re looking forward to having him be a resource for our lawyers and our clients.”

Edward Reines, a technology litigation partner in the Redwood Shores, Calif., office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and a frequent Federal Circuit practitioner, said, “He’s always been very impressive. He’s someone that you wouldn’t expect to sit on his hands.”