Latham Adds Skilled Patent Litigator to IP Trial Team

Tara D. Elliott brings a wealth of experience in high-stakes intellectual property and commercial disputes, drawing on her unique background in private practice, government intelligence, and computer engineering

May 02, 2018

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Tara D. Elliott 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 seasoned and talented litigator and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on high-profile intellectual property proceedings and litigation.

Ms. Elliott has represented many of the world’s leading technology, retail, and manufacturing companies in infringement matters, corporate disputes, and appeals concerning patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and commercial contracts, among other issues. She currently serves on the Lawyers’ Advisory Council for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Elliott was also named a fellow on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She previously chaired the Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee, and has also served as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the US District Court for the District of Delaware. Ms. Elliott brings notable experience in government intelligence and computer engineering, having begun her career at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). While at the CIA, Ms. Elliott served as a computer engineer in the Directorate of Science and Technology, and as an analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence (now known as the Directorate of Analysis).

Michael Egge, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. said: “Tara is a phenomenal addition to our team who will bolster our leading patent litigation and trial platform. She is a leading IP lawyer in Washington with a strong reputation for anticipating and addressing her clients’ strategic business needs. We are beyond delighted that she is joining us.”

David Callahan, Global Co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, added: “Tara embodies the hallmark strengths of our IP Litigation team, which include trial prowess, technical knowhow, and superb client service. Perhaps most importantly, she is an enthusiastic team player and will be an exceptional role model to our talented young lawyers and will enhance our unique culture of collaboration.”

Ms. Elliott is the third prominent trial lawyer to join Latham’s IP Litigation Practice in Washington, D.C. in recent months, following the arrivals of Jamie Underwood and Kevin Wheeler.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Latham’s nationally integrated IP Litigation Practice, which has steadily grown in stature in recent years and built its reputation as one of the top IP firms in the market. I was particularly attracted to the firm’s culture of collaboration and teamwork,” Ms. Elliott said. “I look forward to being a part of this incredibly talented team that is helping clients navigate their most complex intellectual property disputes.”

Ms. Elliott joins Latham from WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. She previously clerked for Judge Sleet of the US District Court for the District of Delaware and Judge Clevenger of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Elliott received her undergraduate degree in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Latham & Watkins 
Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes to Editors 
1Latham & 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
David Callahan, Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group: +1.312.876.7694

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