IP Litigation Practice Praised in US Innovative Lawyers Report

Financial Times

November 22, 2013

Latham’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, and its Co-chair, partner Max Grant, were featured for creative business strategies and client service in the Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers 2013 report, which recognizes law firms and lawyers “that have brought original thinking and practices to business issues in the US.”

In the Talent category, part of the report’s Business Of Law research, the IP Litigation practice was highly commended for innovative approaches to staffing cases. For example, to best represent clients in complex and hotly-contested IP cases, the practice employs attorneys and technical experts with advanced science degrees and training to better understand the technologies involved in a case, to identify the best arguments that convey critical information to judges and juries to help them grasp the issues at trial, and to provide the most cost-effective solutions to clients. The Financial Times noted that the practice “employs military decision-making frameworks, empowering junior lawyers to take greater responsibility during trials.”

Grant was among just 10 lawyers nationwide selected as “Innovative Individuals” for leading creative and proactive initiatives. In his published profile, Grant is cited as an “agent for change” for building the firm’s IP Litigation practice into a dynamic, technology-savvy and trial-ready team. For example, the report commends Grant, a former Navy SEAL, for creating “a ‘special operations’ team that involves junior members and decentralizes decision making” to provide clients with innovative and cost-effective solutions. The FT noted that under Grant’s leadership since 2008 the firm’s ascendant IP Litigation practice has “recruited 15 lateral partners and 60 technically trained associates and technical analysts, doubled revenue and increased profitability significantly.”

The Financial Times recognitions follow on several other recent honors for the IP Litigation Practice Group, including being named the sole recipient of the “Award for Excellence” in Intellectual Property (including patent, copyright & trademark) by Chambers USA 2012, and having the firm’s patent litigation team honored in the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) "Patent 1000" 2012 guide as "a truly formidable force, with steady nerves and tactical excellence in the most commercially valuable cases." 

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