Louis Skyner joins Dentons’ Energy practice

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has strengthened its Energy practice in Russia and CIS with the recruitment of partner Louis Skyner. He joins from Clifford Chance, where as Head of the Russia and CIS Oil and Gas practice, he advised major energy players such as Lukoil, Rosneft, Gazprom Neft, Shell, and Mubadala Petroleum. Prior to that, he served as Leading Legal Counsel at Statoil and as Senior Legal Counsel at Petroleum Geo-Services.

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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.

Cozen O’Connor Continues Sharp Growth in Washington, D.C. Office

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to welcome prominent business litigator Philip “Randy” Seybold to the firm as a member. Seybold joins Cozen O’Connor from AmLaw 100 firm WilmerHale, where he spent the last 11 years handling some of the nation’s highest profile business litigation matters. Seybold is part of Cozen O’Connor’s Business Litigation practice group and is resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

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Pillsbury’s Robust San Diego IP Group Welcomes Two New Partners

Pillsbury announced today the arrival of intellectual property partners Howard Wisnia and James Conley in the firm’s San Diego office. Both have significant experience in patent litigation, adding to one of Pillsbury’s most active practices and one of its busiest offices. They come to the firm from Mintz Levin in San Diego.

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Morrison & Foerster Adds Six Litigators to its Industry-Leading IP Litigation Group in San Francisco

Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of six highly regarded IP litigators to its Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation group. The San Francisco-based team, which joins from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, consists of partners Stefani E. Shanberg and Jennifer J. Schmidt, of counsel Robin L. Brewer, and associates Eugene Marder, Madeleine E. Greene, and Michael J. Guo.

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Corporate Partner Richard Kaye Joins Barnes & Thornburg’s Atlanta Office

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added Richard Kaye to its Atlanta office as a partner in the Corporate Department, where he works on domestic and international transactions. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Kaye was a member at Sherman & Howard LLC. His arrival comes on the heels of Robert Lockwood, a partner in the Intellectual Property Department, who joined the Atlanta office earlier in the year.

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Morgan Lewis Adds Corporate and Latin America Transactional Partners in Houston, Bolstering Energy, Life Sciences, and Investment Funds Practices

Morgan Lewis today welcomes veteran transactional lawyer Juan-Pablo “John” Crespo to the firm as a partner in Houston. His long-time colleague, Adrian Talamantes, will join the firm on May 30, also in Houston. Both new partners have deep backgrounds in corporate transactions, focusing on energy, life sciences, and investment funds transactions throughout the United States and Latin America. They join Morgan Lewis from the global transactions group of another global law firm.

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Fried Frank Adds Finance Partner Adam Summers in New York

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Adam Summers has joined the Firm as a partner in the Finance practice, based in New York. Before joining Fried Frank, Mr. Summers was a partner in Cadwalader’s New York office.

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Cozen O’Connor Continues Expansion of Minneapolis Office with Two Intellectual Property Litigators

Cozen O’Connor has expanded its Intellectual Property Department in Minneapolis with the addition of two nationally recognized intellectual property litigators from the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright: Erik Swenson and Patrick J. Gallagher. Both Swenson and Gallagher join the firm as members. Swenson, who holds an advanced degree from MIT and has extensive knowledge in electrical, mechanical and software technology, is the former Partner-in-Charge of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Minneapolis office.

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