Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.
Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

Former U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Theodore Essex has joined Hogan Lovells’ intellectual property practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

former U.S. International Trade Commission judge joining Hogan Lovells in Washington DC.

Essex reportedly retired earlier this month after nearly a decade as an administrative law judge at the ITC, a federal agency with authority to investigate and adjudicate cases involving allegedly unfair import practices, including imports that infringe intellectual property rights. Essex, based in Washington, D.C., joins Hogan Lovells in an of counsel position.

In a statement Monday, Hogan Lovells said that Essex’s position on the ITC bench put him at the “forefront of intellectual property law issues for 10 years,” allowing him to oversee scores of IP cases under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. Celine Crowson, head of Hogan Lovells’ IP, media and technology practice in the Americas, said Essex’s arrival is a logical expansion of the firm’s ITC practice.

“Judge Essex has been one of the most well-known and respected judges at the ITC, not only for his judicial work, but also for regularly sharing his intellectual property insights with lawyers, judges and scholars around the world,” Crowson said in a statement. “Judge Essex is a natural fit for this practice, and our clients will certainly benefit from his unique perspective and experiences as a former judge.”

Essex joined the ITC bench in October 2007 after a prior stint as an administrative law judge in Cleveland at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. Earlier in his career, he spent more than 20 years as a trial lawyer and in other positions in the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to his role at the ITC, Essex has made the rounds across the globe as a speaker on IP issues in connection with the American Intellectual Property Law Association and other groups, and served as a lecturer at the George Washington University Law School.

Essex said in a statement that he’s looking forward to the new role at Hogan Lovells, touting the firm’s strong track record in IP and trade matters.

“While at the ITC, I was steeped in IP law and focused on adherence to that law and its application to the facts of each case I heard,” Essex said. “I am excited to now bring that experience to clients.”