Business & Practice

King & Spalding Adds Two IP Lawyers From Mayer Brown (Corrected)

May 6, 2019, 4:03 PM; Updated: May 6, 2019, 7:40 PM

King & Spalding continued its Washington hiring streak by adding two IP litigators from Mayer Brown, bringing the total number of partner hires in the capital this year to five.

Stephen E. Baskin and Dara Kurlancheek joined the firm as partners in its Trial and Global Disputes practice group in the Washington office, bolstering King & Spalding’s patent litigation firepower.

Baskin headed Mayer Brown’s IP practice in Washington, and he has experience representing technology, financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications and consumer products companies in litigation. He’s worked on cases involving electrical, computer software, mechanical and business-method patents as well as licensing and trade secrets.

Kurlancheek has worked on IP litigation across a variety of areas including electronic banking, customer service and payment acceptance technologies; video analytics; complex computer systems and software; and customer live-chat website features.

Both Baskin and Kurlancheek practiced at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton prior to joining Mayer Brown.

King & Spalding’s revenue grew more than 10 percent in 2018 and the firm jumped one spot in the AmLaw 100 rankings this year, to No. 22.

Baskin said he and Kurlancheek are excited to join the firm because they’re known its IP team “for years” and want to be a part of its strategic growth.

Washington is a “significant legal market for IP” like New York but is also unique because it houses significant institutions involved in IP litigation and prosecution, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; the International Trade Commission; and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, which hears Inter Partes Review proceedings, Baskin said.

He and Kurlancheek join recent Washington partner hires Joel McElvain in healthcare, Alan Noskow in corporate, and Chris Campbell in IP.

The Washington office has four IP lawyers total. The firm is committed to growing that group, along with the national practice, said Kenneth L. Steinthal.

Steinthal, who leads the IP group firm-wide, said the core practice, which includes technology, the life sciences, transportation, and the automotive industry, keeps the lawyers “quite busy.”

“The K&S D.C. office has continued to invest in impressive talent to help counsel our IP clients through their most difficult legal and technology challenges, whether in commercial disputes nationwide or during regulatory interactions with IP agencies here in D.C.,” Mark Jensen, managing partner of the Washington office, said in a statement. “The combination of Steve and Dara’s IP experience and entrepreneurial energy makes them a great fit with the rest of the office and firm.”

Atlanta-based King & Spalding has over 1,100 lawyers in 20 offices in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

(Changed number of IP attorneys from nine to four in 10th paragraph. )

To contact the reporter on this story: Melissa Heelan Stanzione in Washington at mstanzione@bloomberglaw.com
To contact the editor on this story: Rebekah Mintzer in New York at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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