Shearman & Sterling's Washington office has added two intellectual property partners to its litigation practice in Washington, continuing its effort to increase the size of the practice in D.C.
This week, the firm brought on IP litigation partners Michael Bednarek and Scott Doyle from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Steptoe & Johnson, respectively. Bednarek and Doyle will co-chair the firm’s IP litigation practice.
Bednarek focuses his practice on patent and trade secret litigation and counseling international and domestic companies, especially in the financial services, software, and electronics areas. Doyle focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation involving technology transfer, and global patent strategy. According to his Web site, Doyle has scored victories for clients such as Nikon, Motorola, and ACTV Inc.
Last month, the firm brought back Edward Schwartz, an antitrust partner, from DLA Piper. Schwartz joined DLA Piper in 2005 and rose to head the firm's antitrust and trade regulation group until he left the firm in late June. Schwartz had previously been at Shearman & Sterling as an associate from 1984 to 1993 before spending 12 years at Howrey.
Schwartz said he rejoined Shearman & Sterling because he wanted to help the firm grow its antitrust litigation practice and because he wanted to take advantage of the firm's global footprint. Schwartz represents clients such as Rockwell Collins, which produces avionics and military communications equipment, and Republic Services Inc., a waste management company.
Schwartz said in his new role, he will be helping to integrate Shearman & Sterling's antitrust and litigation practice groups. Both groups are based in New York, but in Washington the firm has three attorneys doing antitrust work and 23 doing litigation. Internationally, the firm has 33 lawyers doing antitrust work and 123 doing litigation.