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January 18, 2011 5:38 PM

Howrey Vice-Chairman Heads to Dewey & LeBoeuf

Posted by Ed Shanahan

From The National Law Journal

The departures from Howrey continue. The latest partners soon to move on include Henry Bunsow, who until recently served as vice-chairman of the firm and managing partner of Howrey's Northern California offices.

Bunsow, an IP litigator based in San Francisco and one of six members of Howrey's executive committee, is moving to Dewey & LeBoeuf's San Francisco office, Dewey announced Tuesday afternoon (the firm also announced several other later hires on Tuesday; click here for more on those hires). Joining him will be Howrey IP partners Denise De Mory and Brian Smith.  All three will join Dewey as partners.

BunsowH_6 Bunsow (pictured right), De Mory, and Smith focus on complex patent cases in a range of industries, including electronics, integrated circuits, networking, semiconductor manufacturing, software, wireless communications, biotechnology, and mechanics.(Official start dates for the three have yet to be determined, according to a Dewey spokesman.)

Last March, Bunsow successfully represented Acushnet Co., which produces Titleist-brand golf products, in a patent infringement case alleging that the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball infringed on four patents owned by Callaway, as previously reported by The Am Law Daily. Also in 2010, Bunsow served as lead trial counsel for DA Nanomaterials in a suit that secured a declaratory judgment of noninfringement on four patents, according to his Howrey C.V.

News of the three San Francisco departures comes on the same day that Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced the opening of an office in Taipei, Taiwan, with the addition of four lawyers from Howrey's Taipei office. That team includes partner Glenn Rhodes, who will serve as managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend's Taipei office, of counsel Y.S. Hsieh, and associates I-Wen Chu and Cindy Chou.

The departures by Bunsow, De Mory, and Smith are the latest losses for Howrey, which has seen more than 60 partners exit the firm in the past year. As reported in the November issue of The American Lawyer, "Since March, there has been an extraordinary exodus of partners, capped in mid-October by the departure of most of the vaunted European IP practice, including the firm's Europe managing partner and 11 other partners." The firm lost a three-partner team of litigators to Sidley Austin in December--the group included former Howrey litigation cochairman Gary Bendinger.

Howrey vice-chairman Sean Boland said he and Howrey's partners wish Bunsow's team well. He added that Howrey is optimistic about its prospects for 2011--after a "difficult" restructuring process in 2010, the firm is in a "much better position for 2011," Boland said.

"The amount of costs taken out of the firm at all levels--which include leases, partners, associates, and the like leaving the firm--have made the firm much more efficient," Boland said. "It's done wonders for our cost structure, such that we're going to see some major advantages in 2011. We're very encouraged by the cost cutting that we've done."


Click here to read the full report from The NLJ.

--Jeff Jeffrey

 

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