Daniel Masur is taking over the leadership slot of Mayer Brown's office in Washington, the firm said today.
Masur, who joined Mayer Brown in 1997, will succeed Michael Lackey, Jr. as the head of the firm's third-largest office in the United States. (Mayer Brown, based in Chicago, has 146 attorneys in Washington.)
The firm recently named Lackey a co-leader of the litigation and dispute resolution practice. Lackey had been the partner-in-charge of the Washington office since January 2012.
In an interview with Legal Times, Masur said he wants to try to elevate the profile of Mayer Brown’s Washington office.
"We have excellent lawyers doing excellent work, but we have not done a good job of putting ourselves out there," Masur said. He highlighted the firm's pro bono and charity work.
Before he joined Mayer Brown, in 1997, Masur was the vice president and general counsel of the information technology and telecommunications provider I-NET, Inc. He used his time in-house to switch his practice from commercial litigation to IP and business outsourcing.
Masur said the firm’s intellectual property practice has been particularly robust in Washington. In March 2011, the firm picked up 13 intellectual property attorneys, including five partners, from Howrey. In March, the firm hired patent litigator Stephen Baskin from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
"If you were to look at our IP practice, it has grown dramatically and is extremely busy," Masur said.