Sean Pavone /
24 February 2022Big Pharma

A&O recruits five-strong Goodwin team, launches in Boston

Allen & Overy has hired five partners from Goodwin Procter to boost its US life sciences litigation practice.

Led by Elizabeth Holland, the firm’s new head of US life sciences, A&O also welcomed Bill James, John Bennett, Nick Mitrokostas and Daniel Margolis as partners, based in New York, Washington, DC, and a new office in Boston.

Bennett and Mitrokostas will be based in Boston.

Global head of litigation, Karen Seward, said: “The addition of this top-tier team with a proven track record of collaboration and success is a testament to A&O’s status as a leading global IP litigation advisor.”

Holland, who is known for her Hatch-Waxman patent litigation expertise, said: “A&O's truly global IP litigation offering provides an ideal platform to continue expanding our innovator life sciences practice. We look forward to the opportunity to offer our clients a single, elite platform for worldwide IP litigation.”

The announcement follows the addition of eight partners from the White & Case Technology practice in August 2021, and recent hirings of life sciences-focused litigation partners Sapna Palla in New York and Stephen Neuhaus in Germany to A&O’s IP practice in July and May 2021, respectively.

US senior partner Tim House said: “Combining this renowned US life sciences litigation team with our recent technology litigation and antitrust lateral hires on the East and West Coasts, we offer a premier life sciences and technology litigation capability to cover the full spectrum of IP protection that our clients need in these rapidly converging sectors, in all the most important global jurisdictions.”

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