Yet another Howrey partner has left the firm, this time opting to join Venable. Jennifer Dzwonczyk, whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, joined Venable’s Washington office as a partner on Jan. 3.
Dzwonczyk represents clients in cases that involve a range of technologies, including computer software and systems, networking, CASE systems, algorithms, servers, integration software and Internet applications. She has litigated IP disputes involving electronics, optics, medical devices and mechanical devices in various industries.
Dzwonczyk has also handled the procurement and licensing of patents, trademarks and copyrights.
According to court records, Dzwonczyk has represented such clients as BMW North America LLC, Xerox Corp., Eastman Kodak Co., Wix Filtration Corp., Daniels Sharpsmart Ltd., Amgen Inc. and Corporate Express Inc.
Dzwonczyk said in an interview today that while much of her decision to join Venable was based on the fact that she is “good friends” with several other former Howrey lawyers at the firm, the recent turmoil at Howrey was “definitely a factor.”
She said, “It’s been tumultuous. There’s been a lot of people leaving, which factored into my decision to join Venable.”
Dzwonczyk is the latest Howrey partner to have been reported as leaving the firm. To date, almost 70 partners have left the firm during the past year. Among the most recent defections are Henry Bunsow, the former Howrey vice chairman who left the firm earlier this month for Dewey & LeBoeuf; and Gary Bendinger, the former co-chair of Howrey’s global litigation who left the firm for Sidley Austin in December.