Morrison & Foerster has added new partners to its intellectual property litigation and financial services practices in Washington, the firm announced this week.
Johnny Chiu, formerly a partner at Covington & Burling, and Leonard Chanin, formerly the assistant director of the office of regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, are joining the firm.
Chiu focuses his IP litigation practice on disputes before the International Trade Commission and federal district courts, among others. He formerly was the U.S. chief legal officer for a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer.
At the consumer bureau, Chanin oversaw 40 attorneys responsible for promoting legislation to enact rules and regulations. Before joining the CFPB, Chanin, who is joining the firm's financial services practice, was deputy director in the division of consumer and community affairs of the Federal Reserve Board.
In an interview, Chiu said that Morrison's established international footprint and robust IP litigation practice were two factors that attracted him to the firm. He also said the experience of working with the Taiwan-based company helped prepare him to address the challenges facing Asian companies in U.S. patent courts.
"I've been sitting on the client side so I know what clients, especially Asian-based clients, expect from their U.S. counsel," Chiu said.