David Einhorn.
David Einhorn. (Courtesy photo)

New Jersey-based Scarinci Hollenbeck on Tuesday announced a trio of hires in its New York office, including a pair of former Baker & Hostetler intellectual property lawyers.

Scarinci Hollenbeck, a roughly 60-lawyer firm with headquarters in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, has hired David Einhorn as chairman of the firm’s technology practice. Einhorn comes to Scarinci Hollenbeck after almost nine years as a partner at Baker & Hostetler, where he focused on patent litigation and trademark, copyright and internet domain name issues.

He’ll be joined by another former Baker & Hostetler IP lawyer, Eugene Lieberstein, who will serve in an of counsel role, as will Richard Klar, who had been running his own law office based on Long Island.

Scarinci Hollenbeck executive director Russell Ascher said in a statement that the hires would deepen the firm’s technology law expertise, presenting a “great opportunity for our firm, but more importantly for our clients.”

“The tech industry continues to grow, which creates new challenges for businesses of all kinds, and the people who run them, both nationally and internationally,” Ascher said. “Having David, Eugene and Richard on board enhances our ability to meet those challenges.”

The hire marks the latest expansion in the IP realm for Scarinci Hollenbeck. In May, the firm acquired the five-lawyer IP and entertainment firm Bienstock & Michael of Hackensack, New Jersey. Founding partner Donald Scarinci told the New Jersey Law Journal that the move fit with his firm’s business model of being a regional alternative to national firms.

“I like to dominate the market,” Scarinci said at the time.

Einhorn comes to Scarinci Hollenbeck with experience in a range of IP matters, and he has previously counted as clients companies in the chemical, biotechnology, software and commercial real estate sectors. He has litigated in federal courts and in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and its Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In addition to client work, Einhorn has served as an arbitrator for the National Arbitration Forum, with a focus on domain name cases.

Along with Einhorn, Lieberstein joins after several years at Baker & Hostetler. His practice spans patent, trademark and copyright matters. He previously served as patent and licensing counsel for Union Carbide Corp., a role that saw him advise on the company’s efforts to license patented technology and provide transactional assistance related to construction of new chemical plants.

Klar, who previously ran his own firm, has focused much of his career on prosecuting patents and arguing administrative cases at the PTO.

“We are excited to join Scarinci Hollenbeck, which will serve as a terrific platform for our clients,” Einhorn said in a statement. “As part of this outstanding firm, we will provide exceptional and personalized services in a cost-effective manner.”

Scott Flaherty covers the business of law with a special focus on the plaintiffs bar. Contact him at sflaherty@alm.com or on Twitter: @sflaherty18.

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