New York, NY – May 5, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Kenyon & Kenyon today announced that three attorneys have joined the firm from General Practice law firms in the past two weeks, continuing a trend Kenyon is seeing of attorneys seeking to join or return to Intellectual Property specialty firms after testing the waters at General Practice firms.
Victor Castellucci has joined Kenyon & Kenyon from Pillsbury Winthrop; Soumitra (Sam) Deka has returned to the firm after six months at King & Spalding; and Theodore Chiacchio has joined the firm from Morgan Lewis. Mr. Castellucci will be resident in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, and Mr. Deka and Mr. Chiacchio will be in the New York office.
Fourteen mid to senior level associates have joined or returned to Kenyon & Kenyon in the past year. Many of these attorneys have come from large General Practice law firms.
In addition to those named above, these attorneys are:
King Wong Ph.D., (Arent Fox), Robert Straight (Alston & Bird), Timothy Bechen (Vedder Price), David Klein (Sugrue Mion), Clement Naples (Wiggen & Dana), Michael Siem (Kay Scholer), Alan Force Ph.D., (Fitzpatrick Cella), Lee Shelton (Fitzpatrick Cella), Paul Dietze Ph.D., (Morgan Lewis), and Robert Cameron (Rothwell, Figg).
Stefan C. Grant, MD, has also returned to the firm after spending a number of years as General Counsel of a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company.
In addition to these lateral associate hires and the firm’s annual summer associate intake, Frank Bernstein, the former managing partner of IP firm Sughrue Mion’s California office, recently joined Kenyon & Kenyon’s California office in Silicon Valley.
Mr. Tobin cited a number of factors that lead attorneys to decide to pursue their careers at IP specialty firms. “Firms like Kenyon have only one focus: Intellectual Property. This is very appealing for IP attorneys who seek to develop their talents in their chosen field of law,” he said. “The opportunity to work closely with and learn from a talented group of seasoned IP litigators and prosecutors at our firm is very attractive.”
Mr. Castellucci, who practices in the fields of computer hardware and software, robotic systems and actuator mechanisms, telecommunications protocols, internet technologies, and business methods, plays an active role in counseling clients on successful intellectual property acquisition strategies and maintenance programs.
“The opportunity to join a firm with the depth and breadth of IP talent that Kenyon offers is tremendous,” said Mr. Castellucci. “I am also very excited about the opportunities that are available in the Silicon Valley IP market and look forward to helping Kenyon further develop our practice here.”
Mr. Deka, whose practice primarily focuses on patent litigation, has experience in the medical, electronic, and mechanical devices fields, as well as with computer and internet patents, and telecommunications.
“I am very happy to be back with a firm with such a collegial and supportive culture, and some of the friendliest and most experienced patent litigators in the country,” Mr. Deka said.
Dr. Grant’s practice is focused on addressing the issues faced by clients in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, and he counsels clients with respect to the acquisition, management, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
“My years in the academic medical field, coupled with my time spent as General Counsel of a biopharmaceutical company, have been invaluable. They have provided me with a unique appreciation of the issues faced by clients, as well as the experience and expertise necessary to address those issues,” he said. “When I decided to return to private practice, coming back to Kenyon & Kenyon and focusing on IP was the obvious choice. After heading a corporate legal department and interacting with a large number of law firms, Kenyon & Kenyon simply stood out for the quality of its work, its people and its supportive team environment.”
“We are happy to welcome these attorneys to our firm,” Mr. Tobin said. “They have joined a group of outstanding IP attorneys at Kenyon, the quality of which highlights the success of our overall recruiting efforts.”
With 200 lawyers devoted to Intellectual Property, Kenyon & Kenyon is consistently ranked by peers and in-house counsel as one of the top firms for IP. Since its founding in 1879, the firm has provided its worldwide clientele with litigation, prosecution, licensing and counseling services. Large and small enterprises and individuals choose Kenyon to design and implement intellectual property strategies when it matters most. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, and the Silicon Valley.