Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added partner Cono Carrano to its intellectual property practice in Washington. Previously, Carrano had been a partner at Howrey.
Carrano focuses on complex patent litigation, counseling and licensing.
According to an archived version of his Howrey online biography, he has represented Intel Corp. in a series of patent infringement cases involving microprocessor and multimedia processing technology. He also represented Intel in a multi-patent, multi-jurisdiction matter that involved related cases in the U.K., Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
Carrano is the fifth litigation partner to join Akin Gump this year. In February, the firm added three IP litigation partners to its Philadelphia office from Woodcock Washburn. Akin Gump also added complex commercial and securities litigator Douglas Rappaport to its New York office from DLA Piper in March.
For Howrey, Carrano marks the latest partner to leave since the hit to the firm’s 2009 revenues was made public. Howrey saw gross revenues fall 16.3% in 2009, which the firm’s chairman, Robert Ruyak, attributed to the lack of large contingency payments that drove up revenue in 2008. In March, The Am Law Daily reported that Howrey had cut between 20 and 30 partners.
Carrano was not immediately available for comment.