Fish & Richardson has landed a four-lawyer team from McDermott Will & Emery for its regulatory and government affairs group in Washington. The team joining Fish & Richardson includes Shirley Fujimoto, who had chaired McDermott's U.S. telecommunications practice.
Fijimoto is joined by partners Jeffrey Sheldon, David Rines, and Kevin Cookler. Fujimoto and Sheldon will be partners at Fish & Richardson. Rines and Cookler will be of counsel.
Fujimoto represents corporate, industrial and emerging company entities, including competitive communications carriers, energy companies, wireless carriers, broadband providers, high-tech equipment manufacturers and internet service providers.
Sheldon advises clients on a wide range of regulatory and transactional issues, with an emphasis on private system users, in areas such as radio spectrum management, telecommunication infrastructure development and contract negotiations.
Rines focuses his practice on regulatory, policy, and commercial issues for wireline and wireless communications services, including commercial and private mobile radio services, internet and broadband access services, fixed wireless, and wireline telephony services.
Cookler’s practice focuses on telecommunications law and regulation, including licensing, compliance and policy matters.
Fujimoto did not immediately return calls for comment.
Bobby Burchfield, who co-chairs McDermott's Washington office, said his firm views the departure of Fujimoto's group as "not a complete goodbye" because McDermott will continue to work with them. "We wish them well. They were respected and highly regarded partners here, and we will continue to work with them in the future."