IP partner Paul Davis has jumped from Goodwin Procter to Mintz Levin, the latest in the Boston-based firm’s San Francisco hiring spree.
Davis brings a practice that centers on IP litigation, strategic advice, licensing agreements and patent portfolio management, among other issues. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo expects him to come on board Monday. Davis’ experience in life sciences and medical devices complements the firm’s national strengths, said Paul Churchill, managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office.
"It’s really just continuing with our model for growth in this office, which is to add practices that enhance the firm’s existing practices," he said.
Davis is the sixth partner to join the firm in San Francisco so far this year, bringing the office to nine partners and three associates. The most recent hire was Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Jonathan Shapiro, who joined as head of West Coast litigation Saturday.
Along with Davis, partners Michelle Gillette, who joined from Keller and Heckman in April, and Evan Nadel, who leapt from Greenberg Traurig this past fall, are engaged in IP litigation for Mintz Levin in San Francisco. The firm hopes to recruit additional partners to expand the practice in the office, Churchill said.
Churchill said he leveraged personal connections to recruit Davis to Mintz Levin. The pair practiced together for about five years at Goodwin Procter, whose San Francisco office Churchill launched in 2006.
"[Davis] was fairly pivotal in California for Goodwin," Churchill said. "He’s got a wonderful, cutting-edge practice and great clients."
Davis — who once chaired the patents and trademarks and life science practice groups at Heller Ehrman — has spent more than 25 years advising technology companies in electrical engineering, photonics, networking, e-commerce and telecommunication, among other industries. He could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. Churchill said he expects Davis to bring clients from Goodwin Procter, but he does not expect any other attorneys to follow.