Top Ranked Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Joins Winston & Strawn in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Winston & Strawn LLP is pleased to announce the addition of ten partners to the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (EBEC) Practice. Seven of the partners will be based in Winston’s Chicago office and three will be based in Winston’s Washington, D.C. office. The group joins from McDermott Will & Emery and brings significant capabilities in the areas of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, executive compensation, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and international benefits to Winston’s EBEC Practice.

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K&L Gates Adds Chicago Private Equity Partner

The Chicago office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added David D. Dueno as a partner in the private equity practice. He joins K&L Gates from international private equity firm Quantum Global Group, and previously practiced with international law firms in London, New York, and Chicago.

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Polsinelli Continues Intellectual Property Expansion Adding IP Litigator in Chicago

Polsinelli announced today that intellectual property litigator Taras Gracey joined as a shareholder in its Chicago office.

Gracey brings over 20 years of experience to the firm’s growing Intellectual Property Department, which is comprised of more than 120 attorneys, patent agents and scientists coast to coast. Gracey focuses his practice on litigating patent issues in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors, most notably as part of the team that successfully challenged a patent on the antidepressant Prozac. His arrival further strengthens the firm’s position as a market-leader in Hatch-Waxman litigation and opinion work.

“Taras is an exciting addition to our growing team,” said Intellectual Property Litigation Chair Gary Hood. “He brings great insight and experience to our Hatch-Waxman group, having litigated numerous ANDA cases and taken many to trial for generic pharmaceutical clients. He also adds a broader perspective on technology matters in other cutting-edge sectors, such as semiconductors and mobile display units.”

Polsinelli has 20 offices nationwide. Gracey’s arrival in Chicago overlaps with the addition of a renowned team of life sciences patent attorneys there and adds to the current growth seen across Polsinelli’s IP team, including other new hires over the past six months in Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Earlier this year, recognizing the increased client focus on IP, Polsinelli announced that it elevated Intellectual Property as a fourth Service Department to serve alongside Polsinelli’s existing Business, Litigation, and Real Estate and Financial Services Departments.

“Polsinelli is a natural place for me to be at this point in my career,” Gracey said. “There’s such enthusiasm for continuing to build this world-class practice while also providing a range of business-minded regulatory and transactional services to support clients in the pharmaceutical and other technology-driven industries.”

Gracey is a graduate of Duke University School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley.

Polsinelli Continues Intellectual Property Expansion Adding Biotech, Life Sciences Attorney David Clough in Chicago

Polsinelli announced today distinguished intellectual property attorney Dr. David W. Clough joined as shareholder in its Chicago office, along with a team that includes another shareholder and an associate. Clough brings more than 25 years of experience to the firm’s growing Intellectual Property Department, which is comprised of more than 120 attorneys, patent agents and scientists coast to coast, and strengthens the firm’s position as a market-leader in providing legal services to the biotech and life sciences communities.

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Patent Litigator Kelly Eberspecher Joins Steptoe in Chicago

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Kelly Eberspecher as a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. He will reside in the firm’s Chicago office, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. Mr. Eberspecher Joins Steptoe from Husch Blackwell.

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McDermott Continues to Grow its Finance and Private Equity Practices

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announced today that it is continuing the expansion of its finance and private equity practices with the addition of Joshua Samis. Mr. Samis will join McDermott as Partner is its Chicago office and previously was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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