26 February 2018
Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Jamie Underwood has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department and as a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. She is a talented patent litigator with a successful track record representing leading technology and automotive clients in actions before the International Trade Commission (ITC) under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.
Underwood has handled dozens of ITC investigations involving patent infringement, as well as trademark, trade secret, copyright, and antitrust issues. As a function of her ITC work, Underwood has also represented clients in ancillary matters before US Customs and Border Protection, as well as in appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Underwood litigates district court patent cases and advises companies on legislative policy issues before Congress, federal agencies, and the administration.
Bert Reiser, a Washington, D.C. partner who leads the firm’s ITC practice, said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working across from Jamie in depositions and trial and have witnessed her intelligence, courtroom skills, and tenacity first hand. We’re excited to have her join our team and we know that clients will highly value these impressive attributes.”
Underwood’s leadership roles include serving on the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Board of Governors, the International Property Owner’s ITC Committee, and the ITC Trial Lawyers Association’s Executive Committee. She is also a regular speaker at conferences on Section 337, IP, and international trade.
Matthew Moore, a Washington, D.C. partner and Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, added: “Our ITC practice has grown continuously over the last several years, including seven active ITC cases this year. During the last two years, we have seen ITC filings reach record levels— all with very significant market implications for our clients. In addition, our ITC team has an unmatched track record in inter partes proceedings for clients before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Jamie has had extensive experience in both ITC and CBP matters, and she has a well-deserved reputation for delivering outstanding results. We’re thrilled she’s joining our team to further expand our market-leading capabilities.”
Michael Egge, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., said: “Jamie is a fantastic complement to our national powerhouse IP team. Our ITC practice has had tremendous success helping clients navigate the challenges and complexities of Section 337 actions. Jamie’s blend of ITC and district court patent litigation and legislative policy experience is an immediate value-add for our clients. We are delighted she is joining Latham.”
Underwood joins Latham from Alston & Bird in Washington, D.C. She is the second prominent lawyer with significant ITC experience to join Latham’s IP Practice in recent months. Her arrival follows that of Kevin Wheeler who is also in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
“I’m honored to be joining Latham’s pioneering Intellectual Property Litigation Practice at a time of rapidly growing demand among clients,” Underwood said. “The firm has taken a strategic approach to building a premier trial practice that I find particularly impressive. I look forward to growing my practice here and contributing to Latham’s cohesive trial-ready team.”
Underwood received her BA from the University of Illinois and her JD from American University Washington College of Law, magna cum laude. Following law school, Underwood clerked for Judge Truman Morrison of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and for Chief Judge Frank Nebeker of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
About Latham & Watkins
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Notes to Editors
1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong and Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Michael Egge, Washington, D.C. Office Managing Partner: +1.202.637.2285
Matthew Moore, Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group, +1.202.637.2278
Bert Reiser, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice partner, +1.202.637.1026