From left: Jonathan Berschadsky, Frank DeLucia Jr. and Luciano Ricondo. (Courtesy photos)
Two partners who were practice group leaders at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto have joined the New York office of Minneapolis-founded IP boutique Merchant & Gould.
Merchant & Gould, a boutique with about 110 attorneys, announced this week that it had hired longtime Fitzpatrick partners and electrical engineers Jonathan Berschadsky and Frank DeLucia Jr. Both practiced at Fitzpatrick for more than 17 years. The firm also added an associate, Luciano Ricondo, arriving from Ladas & Parry.
The boutique now has six lawyers in New York.
Berschadsky was chair of Fitzpatrick’s licensing and transactions group and its network and communicating group. His practice includes patent litigation, including representing DraftKings in Nevada district court, and patent prosecution, including handling work for Spotify.
DeLucia, who chaired Fitzpatrick’s aerospace, marine and mechanical practice group, focuses on patent prosecution and the management of client patent portfolios. He also represents clients in contested proceedings.
Both attorneys said Merchant’s eight U.S. offices provided opportunities for offering lower and flexible rate structures to clients, compared with other New York IP law offices.
“I just felt that in order to grow my practice, I needed a different infrastructure,” including flexibility with rates and a different platform, Berschadsky said. “In today’s environment, clients demand high-quality work and they’re not willing to pay what they used to pay.”
At his new firm, he said, “there are great people in these other offices than can help out under my supervision.”
For his part, DeLucia said, “Some clients do see prosecution as a commodity so you have to have the ability” for flexible and reasonable billing rates.
Both also said they continued to be attracted to the IP boutique model and were drawn to Merchant’s modern infrastructure, including its internal software for handling patent prosecution and litigation.
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