SAN FRANCISCO — Arnold & Porter has hired a litigator to join its intellectual property practice in San Francisco.

IP partner Ryan Casamiquela recently jumped to the Washington, D.C.-based firm from Kirkland & Ellis. He has worked on patent cases involving wireless standards, server-side software and hardware, as well as trademark, copyright and antitrust matters.

“One of the areas that has been very busy for us is the patent litigation area,” said Douglas Winthrop, head of the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. “We have a lot of work for Google and Adobe.”

Casamiquela is Arnold & Porter’s eighth IP hire in the last year. Denise McKenzie, who splits her time between the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices, joined as counsel from Kirkland in November of last year. Previously, the firm brought on of counsel Ronald Blanc, senior attorney Victoria Brewster and four associates to the San Francisco office.

Casamiquela said the majority of his relationships are with companies that are similar to those on Arnold & Porter’s client roster. “I started to ask, ‘What do I need to do to build a strong client base for the future?’” said Casamiquela, who joined Kirkland in 2003. “This is just a better long-term play.”

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