Latham & Watkins added Nicholas J. Boyle as a partner in its complex commercial litigation practice. He had been the co-chair of Williams & Connolly’s unfair competition and trade secret practice and also its arbitration practice.
Boyle is the second Williams & Connolly practice leader to leave for Latham in recent months. Adam Perlman, who had been co-chair of Williams & Connolly’s patent litigation practice, joined Latham in January. Their departures follow that of prominent appellate litigator Kannon Shanmugam, who left for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Boyle, who will work in Latham’s Washington office, recently won a major $500 million copyright infringement judgment for his client, CoStar Group, Inc., a real estate information provider, and has represented banking giant HSBC during his nearly two decades at the firm.
In a statement, Williams & Connolly said, “We thank Nick for his years of dedicated service to our firm and our clients and wish him all the best.”
Boyle’s hire is part of Latham’s effort to expand its complex commercial litigation practice. In addition to complex commercial cases, he has experience in antitrust and unfair competition, arbitration, trade secrets, securities and employment law.
“Nick is one of D.C.’s strongest and most strategic commercial litigators, and we couldn’t be happier to have him join our team,” said Michael Egge, managing partner of Latham’s Washington office and member of the firm’s executive committee.
Sean Berkowitz, global chair of Latham’s complex commercial litigation practice, said that, “In addition to Nick’s vast experience litigating matters in federal, state, and arbitral venues around the country, his years spent as a corporate attorney are an invaluable asset in developing case strategies and resolving complex litigation matters that achieve our clients’ business objectives.”
Boyle, who practiced at Debevoise & Plimpton for several years before joining Williams & Connolly in 2001 as an associate, said that he plans to tap Latham’s broad offerings to service clients. Williams & Connolly is an elite litigation firm centered in Washington; Latham has more than two dozen offices worldwide.
“What Latham brings is it has the breadth of practice beyond just litigation,” Boyle said. “What I want to do for my clients is introduce them to other practice areas in Latham and quarterback their legal needs beyond litigation.”
In addition to his state and federal court experience, Boyle also has represented clients before institutions such as the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.