Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today the addition of five partners and eight associates in its Intellectual Property practice in Washington, DC, Chicago and New York and three partners and five associates in its Antitrust & Competition group and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice in Washington, DC and Los Angeles.  All previously practiced at Howrey LLP. 

“These outstanding lawyers bring to Mayer Brown proven records of achievement in their respective disciplines, and will further enhance our ability to serve client needs in the IP, antitrust and litigation arenas,” said Mayer Brown Chairman Bert Krueger.  “Opportunities to bring in lawyers of their caliber do not occur often, and we are delighted to welcome them to the firm.”

The IP group is led by Washington, DC-based Alan Grimaldi, a former co-chair of Howrey’s highly regarded IP practice. Mr. Grimaldi has been named a co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global IP practice, along with existing co-leaders Joseph A. Mahoney (Chicago), A. John P. Mancini (New York) and Kenny Wong (Hong Kong).  The group also includes partners Theresa Gillis (New York), Brian Rosenthal (Washington, DC) and Steven Yovits (both Chicago), along with seven associates in Washington, DC and one associate in Chicago.

“This stellar IP group has more than 75 years of collective first-chair experience  in patent and other IP litigation,” said Mr. Mancini. “They have handled some of the most significant IP cases of our era, particularly in the technology, medical devices and pharma/life sciences fields, which are areas of strategic focus for Mayer Brown’s IP practice.”

Mr. Grimaldi said that Mayer Brown’s rich heritage in the legal profession and the firm’s global platform were key factors that attracted the IP team. “After meeting the senior managers of the firm and hearing their vision for and commitment to the IP practice, we were convinced that Mayer Brown was the ideal fit for us,” he said. “Coming from one of the largest IP practices in the world, we are excited about the opportunity to work with our new colleagues around the world to further enhance the quality and value of the service we all provide to clients.”

The antitrust and litigation group is led by Carmine R. Zarlenga in Washington, DC and also includes partners Dale Giali and Michael Resch in Los Angeles, along with three associates in Washington, DC and two associates in Los Angeles.

Mr. Zarlenga cited three key reasons why his team chose to join Mayer Brown.  “The firm has top-tier antitrust and litigation practices, its global platform is exceptionally well-suited to the needs of the global clients my team has served and there are excellent client synergies that will enable us to further strengthen our relationship with key clients,” he said. “The interface between IP and antitrust is becoming increasingly important, and with Alan and his team also joining Mayer Brown, the firm will be perfectly positioned to lead in this exciting and dynamic field.”

Joining Mayer Brown’s Intellectual Property practice are:

Alan M. Grimaldi, Washington, DC
Mr. Grimaldi is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice encompasses but is not limited to intellectual property matters. In addition to serving as co-chair of one of the largest intellectual property practices worldwide, he was former co-chair of Howrey’s Commercial Trial group.  He has significant experience in patent and other intellectual property litigation and in all aspects of private and government antitrust and other complex commercial litigation including nationwide class action litigation, multi-district litigation in federal and state courts, grand juries, federal and state administrative agency litigation, unfair competition, insurance coverage, products liability and litigation dealing with trade-related matters.  Mr. Grimaldi received a BA in chemical engineering from the City College of New York and a JD from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Theresa M. Gillis, New York
Ms. Gillis was managing partner of Howrey’s New York office and has nearly 35 years of both trial and appellate experience, including significant jury trial experience. She has litigated extensively in matters relating to patent infringement, enforceability, misuse and validity, copyright infringement and validity, trademark infringement and dilution, unfair competition, and trade secrets in a variety of courts. Ms. Gillis also focuses on transactional matters related to intellectual property, including technology development and transfer agreements and intellectual property licenses. She also has substantial experience counseling clients on IP strategy and acquisitions. She earned a BA cum laude from Emmanuel College and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Brian A. Rosenthal, Washington, DC
Mr. Rosenthal’s practice is focused on patent litigation and counseling, with a concentration on patent litigation involving computer software, electronics and medical devices. Mr. Rosenthal’s patent litigation experience has involved a range of technologies, including cellular telephone remote programming, local area network switching and routing, business intelligence software, electronic procurement software, call center and interactive voice response technology, electronic patient diaries, microprocessor Java acceleration technology, golf ball construction, dynamic RAM modules, MP3 audio compression, JPEG image compression, magnetic resonance imaging, pulse oximetry, and IDE optical drive interfaces. Mr. Rosenthal earned a BS with distinction from the University of Western Ontario and a JD magna cum laude from Cornell Law School.

Steven Yovits, Chicago
Mr. Yovits’ practice focuses on patent litigation. He has led numerous patent infringement cases covering a wide variety of areas of technology, including telephony, wireless communications, computer hardware, software, manufacturing and various other electrical and mechanical technologies. Mr. Yovits received a BS from the University of Michigan, an MS from Northwestern University and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

The new Antitrust & Competition group partners joining Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice are:

Carmine R. Zarlenga, Washington, DC
Mr. Zarlenga is a seasoned advocate who has handled a wide variety of complex antitrust, commercial litigation and intellectual property matters. He has appeared in more than 50 state and federal courts across the United States on behalf of some of the largest national and international companies in the world. His experience ranges from large, complex class actions with claimed damages in excess of $1 billion to smaller, private disputes. He has handled matters involving antitrust, contract, fraud, RICO, business torts, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, intellectual property and false advertising. In addition, Mr. Zarlenga regularly counsels leading companies on marketing, distribution, pricing and other trade practice matters. He also has substantial arbitration and mediation experience. He received a BA cum laude from Ohio State University and a JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Dale J. Giali, Los Angeles
Mr. Giali’s practice encompasses a variety of complex civil litigation matters including antitrust violations, false advertising, violations of consumer protection laws, unfair business practices, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, business torts, franchise agreement violations, insurance coverage and intellectual property infringement. He has litigated cases in the food & beverage, refining, real estate, produce, cable television, automobile, compact disc, semiconductor and commercial construction industries.  He earned a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles and a JD cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Michael L. Resch, Los Angeles
Mr. Resch’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense, especially matters involving accounting and financial issues.  He has experience in a wide range of litigation matters, including jury trials, appellate arguments, negotiations with governmental agencies, internal investigations, taking and defending expert depositions, and drafting and opposing appellate briefs, writ petitions and summary judgment motions.  Mr. Resch received a BA magna cum laude from Pepperdine University and a JD cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law.