Taft Welcomes Four Intellectual Property Lateral Partners

Taft is pleased to announce that four lateral partners have joined its Indianapolis office as part of the firm’s intellectual property team. Joining the firm are four patent attorneys:
•John H. Allie
•Douglas A. Collier
•Jason A. Houdek
•Mark T. Stephenson

“We are thrilled to welcome these outstanding, well-respected practitioners to Taft. With this addition, we add significant experience and bench strength to our existing intellectual property team, growing to more than 40 IP attorneys firm wide,” said Robert J. Hicks, partner-in-charge of Taft’s Indianapolis office.

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Full-Service, Boutique Law Firms Join Forces

When Butler Snow LLP decided to take in its first large commercial litigation firm, it chose Nashville-based Walker, Tipps and Malone PLC.

The merger is part of a trend as boutique law firms seek the resources of full-service firms, which in turn are seeking the focused expertise of boutique firms.

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Renowned Trial Attorney Rob Hoffman Joins Andrews Kurth in Dallas

Andrews Kurth LLP is pleased to announce that accomplished courtroom attorney Robert “Rob” Hoffman has joined the firm as a partner in Dallas.

A trial lawyer for more than three decades, Mr. Hoffman has handled a wide array of complex, high exposure, commercial litigation matters nationwide. His successful track record helped him earn recognition as one of the top 15 “Business Defenders” in North Texas as selected by the editors of the Dallas Business Journal. He joins Andrews Kurth from Dallas’ Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP.

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Kevyn Orr returns to Jones Day as Washington Office Partner-in-Charge

The global law firm Jones Day is pleased to announce that Kevyn D. Orr, who recently served as the Emergency Manager for the City of Detroit, is returning to the Firm on May 1, 2015, as a partner in its Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice and as the Partner-in-Charge (PIC) of its Washington Office. Mr. Orr succeeds Gregory M. Shumaker, who has served as the PIC of the Washington Office since 2011, and who will become the leader of Jones Day’s Global Disputes Practice.

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Institutional Venture Partners Closes $1.4 Billion Fund

Cooley advised its long-time client Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) on the closing of IVP XV, its largest ever fund. The $1.4 billion fund is the second largest venture fund formed in the United States in 2015. Just three years ago, Cooley advised IVP on the formation of its first $1 billion fund.

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Herbert Smith Freehills advises ARRIS Group, Inc. on its £1.4 billion acquisition of Pace plc

International law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has advised US-listed ARRIS Group, Inc. a global innovator in IP, video and broadband technology, on its £1.4 billion takeover of Pace plc, a UK-based leading technology solutions provider in the PayTV and broadband service industries.

The deal will result in a new holding company for the combined group, which will be incorporated in the UK and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The combined group is expected to have 2014 pro forma revenues of approximately US$8 billion and will employ more than 8,500 people globally in over 15 countries.

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Hinshaw & Culbertson Propels Insurance Practice Growth with Addition of Eight Partners

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced today the arrival of eight attorneys from Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP (MBT). The seven MBT partners joining include MBT founder Michael M. Marick and Scott M. Seaman who are both recognized leaders in the insurance industry, as well as John E. DeLascio, Karen M. Dixon, Rebecca R. Haller, James H. Kallianis Jr. and Jason R. Schulze. Timothy H. Wright, formerly an associate at MBT, will join Hinshaw as a partner. The team will be based in the firm’s Chicago office and their nationwide practice will complement the firm’s legal services across the United States and in London.

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