McKenna Long & Aldridge has added a patent litigator to its Washington office, the firm announced Tuesday.
Robert Nissen joins the firm as a partner in the intellectual property and technology practice. He was formerly managing partner at his firm, Nissen & Associates. When his partner at their two-person shop decided to retire, Nissen weighed whether he should seek out a new partner or join a larger firm.
"We had been real successful, but at some point we became too successful," Nissen said in an interview. "It was extremely difficult to handle the workflow."
Nissen was lead counsel for the defendant on the case of U.S. Rubber Recycling Inc. v. Ecore International Inc. Nissen worked alongside lawyers from Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, which merged with McKenna Long & Aldridge in March.
Nissen said that while he didn't turn down work from clients, their two-person operation inhibited the firm's ability to seek out new work. Now that he's joined McKenna Long, Nissen said, his clients would benefit from the availability of more services through his new firm.