Orrick Hire Bolsters Intellectual Property Practice in L.A.

By Rebecca U. Cho
Daily Journal Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe snagged Mark P. Wine, the former co chair of McDermott, Will & Emery’s intellectual property group in Los Angeles, bulking up the firm’s Southern California presence in intellectual property law. Wine starts at his new firm today.

More lateral moves in the practice group will be coming in the next weeks, according to Gary Weiss, Orrick’s chair of the intellectual property group. The firm also has a Los Angeles office.

“Recruiting Mark has been part of our plan of expanding our Southern California IP presence,

Weiss said. “I’d describe it as one of the steps in that process. I think you should look for more activity from us.

Wine, 59, said the challenge of helping to expand Orrick’s practice group and geographical reach lured him from Chicago based McDermott.

“It was the opportunity to play a particular role in Orrick that appeals to me in the last however many years I’m going to practice 10 or 12 years,” Wine said.

A personal reason for the move from Los Angeles was to cut down in his daily commute from Orange County, where Wine lives with his family, he said.

Wine, a patent litigator, recently represented Panasonic, Toyota Motor Sales and T Mobile. He said he expects to bring his entire book of business but declined to name which clients he is taking with him. Wine successfully defended Ion Beam Applications in a patent case brought against the company by Optivus Technology Inc. and Loma Linda University Medical Center. The plaintiffs asked for $300 million, and the case settled for $1.25 million in August 2007.

San Francisco based Orrick’s intellectual property practice, which comprises 125 attorneys, has its biggest group in Silicon Valley, with other attorneys in Los Angeles, New York and China.

Wine joins a group of 15 other intellectual property lawyers in the Orange County office. Weiss said the firmis working to expand its Southern California work in intellectual property because ofthe region’sstrong technology community for venture capital and emerging companies. He also noted the rise in patent cases in the region over the past five years.

“Southern California has been the most popular jurisdiction for bringing patent cases,” Weiss said. “It’s so important to be strong in California.

Sandford Lechtick and Steve Adler of Esquire Inc. brokered the move.

McDermott, Will & Emery’s Los Angeles managing partner, Robert P. Mallory, declined to comment on the move. Jorge R. Arciniega serves as the chair of the Los Angeles intellectual property group, which numbers 20 attorneys.

McDermott has 1,100 lawyers working in 15 offices.

Orrick has a thousand attorneys in 18 offices.

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