Atlanta-based Parks IP Law has opened a Washington, D.C., outpost with the help of a former Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox director.

Theodore Wood will serve as the lead partner in the firm’s second office. Firmwide, Parks IP includes 11 attorneys. Wood is joined in Washington by of counsel Corey Mack.

The firm originally focused on patent and trademark law, but has since expanded to include practices like IP litigation and technology transactions.

Wood helped start the grid industry group at Sterne Kessler before joining Parks IP. In an interview, Wood said he met founding partner Cynthia Parks during a patent bar study course in 2001 and that the two kept in contact. Parks founded her firm in 2004 and the two would often discuss opportunities for collaboration.

But despite the change in scenery, Wood said he would continue to pursue much of the same work that he did at his previous firm.

“At Sterne Kessler, most of my time was focused on managing portfolios important to the firm,” Wood said. “I focused some of my time on writing and speaking.”

He said he hopes to be able to devote more time to speaking engagements and writing at his new firm. Wood said that despite their size, the firm has notable clients like AT&T and General Electric. He said the firm is currently in talks to expand its Washington office.

“As we build those clients and focus in on the grid, we think there will be a tremendous opportunity to add bodies here in the D.C. office,” Wood said.

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