Maria Scungio, co-chair of the trademark, copyright and advertising practice at Locke Lord, left the firm this week to join the New York office of Boston-based intellectual property boutique Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks.
“Wolf Greenfield has an excellent reputation,” said Scungio, who had worked at Locke Lord since January 2015, when it absorbed her former firm Edwards Wildman Palmer. Scungio joined what was then called Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge more than a decade ago from Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, an IP firm she joined in 2003 after fleeing now-defunct Pennie & Edmonds.
Scungio co-chaired the international trademark practice at Edwards Wildman Palmer, a Boston-based Am Law 100 firm that fell on hard times financially ahead of its combination with Locke Lord two years ago. Scungio said her move to Wolf Greenfield, another firm with Boston roots that opened its New York office late last year, was predicated on her desire to return to a smaller firm environment, as well as the expanding needs of her clients for more in-depth and creative IP solutions.
“The depth of talent that Wolf was offering was a very comfortable fit with what my current client roster was looking to achieve in the way of counseling,” said Scungio, who did not utilize the services of a legal recruiter when switching firms.
Scungio works with clients across many industries—particularly companies in the apparel, footwear, jewelry, publishing and pharmaceutical sectors—and counsels them on trademark and copyright matters. She also advises clients on issues such as the acquisition, enforcement, exploitation and realignment of IP rights, including design rights and copyrights.
At Wolf Greenfield, which earlier this month celebrated its 90th anniversary, Scungio hopes to help her new firm expand its trademark business in New York. The 88-lawyer firm’s new office at the Chrysler Building was its first outside Boston.
“This is a very fertile environment for that area of concentration,” Scungio said. “I think [this is] a good time for Wolf Greenfield to enter the New York market. I just see a lot of really exciting plans coming together.”
Locke Lord, which despite an increase in profits per partner last year saw its head count and gross revenue fall, closed its Sacramento office in June after Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith scooped up a five-lawyer corporate team. Locke Lord opened the office in 2011. The firm also watched a pair of partners—Martin Jaszczuk and Daniel Schlessinger—leave its Chicago office earlier this year to work at a shop specializing in U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation. (Schlessinger is a former chairman of Chicago-based Locke Lord predecessor Lord, Bissell & Brook.)
Despite the defections, Locke Lord has also made a few lateral hires of its own, including picking up Pepper Hamilton partner Richard Reibstein in New York, where he is now head of his new firm’s local labor and employment group.