Jared Bobrow, from Weil, Gotshal & Manges to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Bobrow is a seasoned patent trial and appellate attorney whose clients have included Micron Technology Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc. He was the first of two notable hires Orrick made in 2018 to build out its SF/Silicon Valley IP practice.
Clement Roberts, from Durie Tangri to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Roberts was the second big IP acquisition for Orrick last spring. A co-founder of Durie Tangri, Roberts brings cachet with venture-backed tech companies like machine learning platform H20.AI, which he helped pilot to a Federal Circuit victory in November.
Steven Carlson, from Kasowitz Benson Torres to Robins Kaplan. Carlson was the managing partner of Kasowitz’s Silicon Valley office. The patent and trade secret litigator is another name brand for Robins Kaplan’s three-year-old Mountain View office.
Quyen Ta, from Keker, Van Nest & Peters to Boies Schiller Flexner, was part of a mini-exodus of well-known Keker partners to new firms. The IP and class action litigator said she loved growing up at Keker, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity at Boies Schiller, which includes some plaintiff-side class action work.
Ashok Ramani, from Keker, Van Nest & Peters to Davis, Polk & Wardwell. Ramani was another high-profile departure from The Recorder’s 2017 Litigation Department of the Year. He had teamed in the past with Davis Polk attorneys on IP litigation for Comcast Corp. Ramani has also represented Netflix Inc., Hulu LLC and HTC Corp.

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Michael Kwun, Asim Bhansali and Kate Lazarus, from Keker, Van Nest & Peters to Kwun Bhansali Lazarus. They were the third in a trio of notable IP moves from the Keker firm during the first half of 2018. Kwun, a former managing counsel at Google, said the lawyers simply wanted to try something more entrepreneurial. Lazarus said they expect to continue working with former clients at Keker such as Google, Facebook Inc., Limelight Networks Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc.
Mark Itri, from McDermott, Will & Emery to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Itri was the biggest name among a team of nine IP lawyers that made the move to Morgan Lewis in Orange County. Joining him were Christopher Bright, Michael Dreznes, M. Todd Hales, Karen Laub, John Magluyan, Andrew Mickelsen, Nathan Smith and Kenneth Cheney, along with some 40 other lawyers and staff. The group “provides us for the first time in Southern California with a deep and broad intellectual property practice,” Morgan Lewis managing partner Steven Wall said. Morgan Lewis picked up IP partners from McDermott all over the country in 2018, including Brent Hawkins in Silicon Valley.
Brent Babcock, from Knobbe Martens to Womble Bond Dickinson. With the Patent Trial and Appeal Board becoming an increasingly busy destination for patent litigation, PTAB specialists were in demand in 2018. Knobbe is famous for its tight-knit culture, but Babcock decided that after 26 years it was time to try something new. Babcock has represented clients in more than 130 PTAB proceedings and will lead Womble’s PTAB practice.
Harper Batts, from Baker Botts to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Batts is another PTAB-savvy IP litigator who switched firms in 2018. He’s had recent success before the PTABPatent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of Fitbit Inc. and Wargaming Group Ltd. Joining him in the move were special counsel Chris Ponder and senior associate Jeffrey Liang.
Suzanne Bell, from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to Covington & Burling. Bell had worked at Wilson Sonsini for 29 years, but Covington pried her away to establish a West Coast beachhead for its tech transactions practice.

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Carrie LeRoy, from White & Case to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. LeRoy is co-chairing Gibson’s tech transactions practice following stints at White & Case; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. “There are not a lot of people with her balance of technology skills and in-house experience,” said Gibson’s Palo Alto partner-in-charge, Benjamin Wagner.
Bobby Schwartz, from Irell & Manella to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Schwartz’s extensive work in the entertainment industry has included high-profile copyright and trademark cases. Quinn Emanuel chairman John Quinn said he’d been courting Schwartz for some 10 years, dating back to his days at O’Melveny & Myers.
Tom Friel and Jim Brogan, from Cooley to King & Spalding. Friel and Brogan each served stints as chair of Cooley’s IP practice. K&S turned to the pair to boost its Silicon Valley presence.
Darryl Woo, from Vinson & Elkins to Goodwin Procter. Woo is the latest veteran IP litigator Goodwin has hired on the West Coast. The former Fenwick & West patent litigation chair is a regular presence in district courts, the International Trade Commission and the Federal Circuit.
Jay Neukom, from Quinn Emanuel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Neukom left Quinn for the chance to anchor Skadden’s IP litigation practice in Northern California. Neukom has handled a variety of IP disputes for the likes of Google, Cisco, AT&T, Bank of New York and Philips. Earlier this year he helped the company behind the Telegram messaging app win an injunction protecting the name “Gram” for its cryptocurrency.

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2018 was a big year for lateral moves in the California IP market, especially among litigators. Even some blue-chip firms known for retaining their talent close saw a few name brands walk out the door. Here’s a quick look at some of those moves.