McKool Smith has added an intellectual property lateral attorney to its Washington office, the firm announced Tuesday.
Kent Stevens, formerly special counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, joins McKool Smith as a principal.
Stevens spent 10 years at the International Trade Commission as an investigative attorney and senior investigative attorney with the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations. He primarily focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and Section 337 investigations before the ITC.
As an attorney with the commission, Stevens handled pharmaceutical and electronic patent cases, petitions for temporary relief and gray market cases.
In an interview, Stevens anticipated that his work would remain fairly consistent with that he was doing at Cadwalader. He said he had worked with McKool lawyers in the past and was impressed by their skill and the firm’s culture of respect among colleagues.
“When it came time to move along, it was kind of a natural fit,” Stevens said of McKool.