Updated 2:13 p.m.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has added a partner to the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate group in Washington.
Eric Shumsky, previously a Sidley Austin partner, brings experience representing clients in industries like telecommunications, technology, pharmaceutical, financial services, transportation and consumer goods.
During the 2011 Supreme Court term, Shumsky was part of a team that represented Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in a case challenging the California Assembly's efforts to reduce the state's Medicaid payments. In all, Shumsky is the main author of more than 75 briefs in the Supreme Court.
In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Shumsky recently urged a panel to uphold a trial judge’s ruling that blocked the U.S. import of a drug used in carrying out the death penalty. Shumsky argued in 2011 in the D.C. Circuit on behalf of an investment company in a dispute over the scope of a federal trial judge to impose sanctions on a foreign country.
"A big part of my practice in recent years has been in intellectual property and more specifically patent appeals," Shumsky said in an interview.
Shumsky said that one of the reasons he joined the firm was because of its "young, dynamic and exciting" practice. Shumsky added that the firm is seeking to build one of the top Supreme Court and appellate practices. "I think the pretty clear sense is that continued growth is a good," he said.
In early March, Orrick added Robert Loeb, former acting deputy director of the appellate staff in the Department of Justice's Civil Division, to the Supreme Court practice as a partner. The practice has handled appeals for clients that include Facebook, Morgan Stanley, DirecTv, DISH Network and UBS.
Firmwide, Orrick focuses on the areas of corporate, energy and infrastructure, intellectual property, litigation and finance. Many of the firm's clients are in the technology, finance and energy industries.
"Eric’s deep IP expertise and familiarity with the Federal Circuit helps ensure that we continue our leadership in intellectual property litigation everywhere," I. Neel Chatterjee, co-chair of the firm's intellectual property practice, said in a written statement.