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David Leichtman

David Leichtman

After 20 years of practicing in large law firms, in April 2017 David Leichtman launched a new law firm, Leichtman Law PLLC, a New York-based boutique focusing on trial work on business and intellectual property matters.

Previously a partner at Robins Kaplan, Lovells and Morgan Lewis, Mr. Leichtman will now head a team of former colleagues and friends who have also left bigger law firms.

Leichtman Law will handle international and domestic business and intellectual property litigation of all types, including in the media & entertainment, financial services, and life sciences industries, among others.

“After twenty years working in large firms, I am directing my energies into a more nimble practice,” said Mr. Leichtman. “As a trial lawyer, I have always been focused on my clients’ business goals, and I am excited by the growth potential of a business model which creates opportunities for our clients to resolve disputes more efficiently than can be done at larger firms.”

Leichtman Law is built on the premise that clients have the right to an honest and transparent evaluation of their cases, whether they are the plaintiff or the defendant. That evaluation includes an assessment of the value that can come from legal action.  It is imperative to prepare a theme for trial from the start.  A trial theme also needs to serve the goals of the client’s business, so that it drives the dispute towards a productive solution from the get-go, and at all times during the course of a matter.

The philosophy also centers around a belief that clients deserve budget certainty.  That means having matters handled efficiently and in proportion to what is at stake. Leichtman Law takes pride in holding to its budget agreements, and working out alternative fee and payment arrangements that make sense for its clients’ business as well as the firm, bringing predictability to a client’s legal spend.  By staffing cases appropriately with a seasoned partner and talented attorneys who make the clients’ business interests their priority.

Mr. Leichtman is joined by experienced commercial and IP litigators Richard A. Mescon, Matthew McFarlane and Tatsuya Adachi (all formerly of Robins Kaplan), David H. Brill (former General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Gemini Trust Company) and Shevani Jaisingh (formerly of Sullivan & Cromwell and Greenberg Traurig).  Leichtman Law plans to grow to at least 25 lawyers. “During the last seven years I helped build Robins Kaplan’s New York office from three to forty lawyers, and I am confident we can grow our new shop as well,” said Mr. Leichtman.

Mr. Leichtman serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts; on the IPO Committee on Copyright Practice; and on the NYIPLA Committees on Patent Litigation and Inventor of the Year. He has been named a New York SuperLawyer every year since 2010.  In 2016, The New York Law Journal selected him as a Lawyer Who Leads by Example for providing crucial pro bono legal services in New York. He is also a fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a highly selective Trial Lawyer Honor Society, where he is also a founding member of its Intellectual Property Institute.

Dennis D. Murrell

Dennis Murrell

Dennis D. Murrell currently serves as a member of Middleton Reutlinger’s management committee. He practices in commercial litigation, including breach of contracts, patent and trademark litigation, restrictive covenants, and commercial fraud and fraudulent transfer. Mr. Murrell has tried a significant number of commercial litigation cases to verdict and has been lead counsel in dozens of preliminary injunction hearings. He is a commercial trial attorney who combines cutting-edge technology and common sense to explain complicated issues and facts to juries.

Mr. Murrell has been lead counsel in various patent infringement cases including cases involving technology for the loading and testing of catalyst in tubular reactors and plasma derivatives.  He has published decisions that include the application of the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act to plasma derivatives, American National Red Cross v. ASD Specialty Healthcare, Inc.; the Federal Circuit standard for declaratory judgment actions in patent infringement litigation, Cat Tech, Inc. v. TubeMaster, Inc., clarification of the repair/reconstruction doctrine in patent law, Bottom Line Management v. Pan Man; the enforcement of restrictive covenants by a corporate successor following an asset purchase, Managed Health Care Assocs. v. Kethan; and personal jurisdiction for out-of-state manufacturers in products liability cases, Leja v. Schmidt Mfg., Inc. and Sypris Technologies, Inc.

On behalf of corporate clients, he has appeared in state and federal courts in Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Texas, California, Ohio and Florida, as well as the Federal Circuit. Mr. Murrell has presented papers and lectures on various issues, including the drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the use of computer technology by counsel and Kentucky products liability law.

H. Dickson Burton

H. Dickson Burton

Mr. Burton is the Managing Shareholder of Trask Britt. In his practice, he is a trial lawyer who focuses on helping clients strategize and resolve patent, trademark and trade secret disputes, including by taking cases to trial. He is known in courts across the country as a creative, trusted and highly successful advocate, with a remarkable streak of major litigations wins, including multiple ‘rare’ preliminary injunctions in hotly-contested patent infringement cases. He is also frequently called upon to mediate or arbitrate difficult patent and other intellectual property disputes.

Nancy Stagg

Nancy Stagg

Nancy L. Stagg is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP in San Diego, California, where she is office chair of the litigation department. Nancy’s practice covers a wide variety of business and intellectual property litigation, including trade secret, copyright, trademark and patent litigation, as well as the defense of consumer class actions based on privacy, false advertising and unfair competition. Nancy’s clients are in a range of industries, from biotechnology, telecommunications, electronics, healthcare and consumer products and services, to hotels and hospitality, publishing, banking and private lending. In addition to her substantial trial and appellate experience, Nancy also has significant experience in addressing e-discovery issues, in handling arbitrations and mediations, and in counseling clients on litigation-avoidance strategies. Nancy has assisted Asian and European companies in navigating the U.S. and California legal systems. Nancy is President of the William Enright Inn of Court, the largest American Inns of Court chapter in San Diego.

William Brown

Bill Brown

Bill Brown is a founding partner of the Irvine California firm of Brown Wegner McNamara LLP and has extensive experience representing clients in intellectual property litigation involving a wide range of technologies, such as LCD display panels, semiconductors, Internet servers, database management systems, pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, automotive parts, and radio frequency controllers.

In addition to intellectual property matters, Bill represents clients in products liability defense, business disputes, and other complex commercial matters in arbitration and in state and federal courts.

Bill has successfully argued appeals in the California Court of Appeal and at the Federal Circuit. Bill has been a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America since 2012 and is a charter member of the Intellectual Property Institute (“IPI”). He was instrumental in planning and arranging distinguished speakers for IPI’s inaugural meeting of Fellows in 2014 at the Terranea Resort including Judge Andrew J. Guilford and Judge Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.).

Additionally, he was named Barrister to the Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court. Prior to founding Brown Wegner McNamara LLP, Bill practiced for more than a decade in the Intellectual Property Group at the international law firm Jones Day. He has also formed his own practice, and was an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law.