Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block Opens New York Office

Jenner & Block LLP has opened a New York office at 919 Third Avenue, where the Firm will deliver its full service litigation and transactional capabilities to its existing and future global clients.

Jenner & Block’s Manhattan office includes Paul F. Jock, II, the recently hired former senior vice president of General Motors Asset Management.  Four IP litigators from Jones Day, who also worked most of their careers with the former IP boutique Pennie & Edmonds, have also recently joined the Firm at its newest office: Joseph Diamante, Ronald M. Daignault, Gianni P. Servodidio and Kenneth L. Stein. As many as nine Partners will be located in the Firm’s New York office at the outset.

Gregory S. Gallopoulos, the Firm’s managing partner, said: “We intend to build an even stronger practice in New York, the international capital of commerce, finance and industry, while continuing to give our clients here the full benefit of our renowned litigation and transactional practices.”

Jenner & Block members who have been instrumental in executing the Firm’s New York expansion strategy include Ronald L. Marmer, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Securities Litigation Practice and a key member of the Jenner & Block legal team that recently won on behalf of Coleman (Parent) Holdings one of the largest securities fraud jury verdicts ever, and Paul M. Smith, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Media and Supreme Court practices, who has argued eleven Supreme Court cases, including the landmark Lawrence v. Texas.

“We have a great depth and breadth of talent throughout the Firm to offer our New York-based clients, including former U.S. Attorneys and former members of the SEC’s Divisions of Enforcement and Corporation Finance,” said Mr. Marmer.

Long recognized for its litigation practice, including regular appearances before New York jurists, Jenner & Block has recently prevailed in a number of high stakes cases, including on behalf of the movie and recording industry in MGM v. Grokster, a landmark Supreme Court internet piracy ruling. In June, 2004, Jenner & Block had already significantly expanded its intellectual property litigation capabilities with the addition of 19 attorneys who previously practiced as Roper & Quigg, a prominent intellectual property trial boutique led by Harry J. Roper.

Additionally, the Firm’s flourishing corporate practice has been involved in many major deals in recent years, including the demutualization and public offering of The Chicago Board of Trade, the acquisition by General Dynamics of publicly-traded Veridian Corporation for $1.5 billion, and a transaction in which The News Corporation acquired 34% of Hughes Electronics (DirecTV) for approximately $6.6 billion and GM split off the rest of the company to its public stockholders.

Jenner & Block also brings to New York its attorneys’ traditional commitment to public service and pro bono representation. The Firm’s attorneys dedicated over 50,000 hours of billable time to numerous pro bono cases in 2004 alone, while The American Lawyer has counted Jenner & Block as among the top five pro bono law firms every year since 1995.

“We want to especially emphasize,” said Mr. Gallopoulos, “that we are looking forward to continuing in New York our long history of serving and supporting the communities in which we practice through active participation in the organized Bar, support of local charitable and cultural organizations, and pro bono representation of indigent clients.”

Mr. Smith concluded: “Whether in the areas of human rights, civil liberties, education, housing or the environment, our firm’s focus on pro bono service is an integral component of our culture and will be an important part of its New York practice.”

Basic details regarding the Firm’s new IP Partners from Jones Day are as follows:

Joseph Diamante has acted as special counsel to Citigroup for transactions affecting IP rights. He has extensive experience litigating cases involving all forms of intellectual property and has assisted many start-up companies with developing and protecting their infrastructure. Mr. Diamante’s other clients include The Ascent Group, a JP Morgan health care venture capital affiliate, The Culinary Institute of America, Dictaphone, Swedish Match and Professor Joseph Schlessinger, Professor and Chair of Pharmacology Yale School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology.

Ronald M. Daignault has represented companies across a range of industries in a variety of patent, trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, trade secret and copyright cases in federal district courts and courts of appeals throughout the country, the International Trade Commission, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Over the past several years, his patent litigation practice has focused particularly on pharmaceutical products and ANDA/Hatch-Waxman litigations.  His representative clients have included Schwarz Pharma, Inc., TD Waterhouse Group, Inc., Agilent Technologies, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Corp., Scholastic Inc., and Finlandia vodka.

Gianni P. Servodidio has broad litigation experience representing clients in a wide variety of matters, including trademark, patent, trade secret, unfair competition, cybersquatting, false advertising and copyright cases in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  He also has extensive experience in anti-counterfeiting matters as well as in handling global trademark clearance, portfolio management, and due diligence involving intellectual property aspects of business transactions for such clients as JanSport Apparel Corp., Burberry Ltd., Bacardi & Co., Ltd., and King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Kenneth L. Stein has extensive experience litigating patent, trade secret and copyright cases, including cases involving digital devices, PC cards, e-commerce systems, and telephony devices.  He has argued and won appeals before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Federal and Second Circuits and has represented clients in federal courts throughout the country, as well as before arbitration panels.  His practice also includes patent validity and infringement opinions, patent prosecution, intellectual property aspects of due diligence, intellectual property licensing, and other matters.  Those matters have involved database systems, optical switching and communications systems, cellular communications systems, smart cards, local area networks, semiconductor devices and manufacturing, and many other software systems and electronic devices.  Prior to entering the law, Mr. Stein worked for eight years as a software engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Basic details regarding several additional New York Partners are as follows:

Paul F. Jock, II is the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel as well as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of General Motors Asset Management, an investment advisory firm with over $100 billion in assets under management. In that position, he counseled the firm on federal securities law and general corporate and related matters, as well as on the structuring, formation and documentation of complex investment and joint venture transactions.  Prior to joining GM Asset Management, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.

Tobias L. Knapp represents clients in capital markets and merger/acquisition/divestiture transactions and advises on general securities and corporate issues. His recent transactions include SEC-registered securities offerings by issuer clients, including General Dynamics Corporation, GE Capital Corporation and General Motors Acceptance Corporation, exchange and tender offers for publicly traded securities, private placements of debt, equity and convertible securities and a variety of M & A transactions involving public and private companies.

Richard F. Levy, a member of the New York Bar for more than forty years, has focused his practice on financial litigation, corporate reorganization, debt restructuring, bankruptcy, and corporate transactions and governance matters. His clients have included money center and regional banks and Real Estate Investment Trusts. He has been a director of NYSE and other public companies, and among other things, regularly acts on behalf of companies controlled by the investor Samuel Zell.