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Nationally Recognized Technology Patent Trial Team Join Paul Hastings in Palo Alto and Washington, D.C.

Palo Alto, CA and Washington, D.C. – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that patent litigators Yar Chaikovsky and Blair Jacobs have joined the firm as partners in the Palo Alto and Washington, D.C. offices, respectively. Mr. Chaikovsky will serve as vice chair of the Global IP practice. Messrs. Chaikovksy and Jacobs are widely recognized for guiding major clients to success in high-stakes, technology-focused IP disputes. Also joining the team are of counsel Stuart Bartow, Philip Ou, and Hong Lin, who will be based in Palo Alto and Christina Ondrick, Robert Walters, and Charles Hawkins, who will be based in Washington, D.C. They join from McDermott, Will & Emery, where they were partners. 

“Our clients face increasingly complex IP challenges in this environment of aggressive global competition, converging technologies, and a shifting legal landscape,” said Joseph O’Malley, chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings. “Yar and Blair are top-tier, tech-savvy litigators who will enhance our ability to serve our clients’ needs in this difficult and fast-changing environment.”

“With the addition of Yar and Blair, Paul Hastings continues its strategy of building top-tier litigation practices to serve our clients anywhere in the world,” said Barry Sher, chair of Paul Hastings’ Litigation practice. “They share our focus on innovation and will help us continue to build on our strong record of leading tech companies and other clients to successful outcomes in complex disputes,” he added.

Mr. Chaikovsky serves as lead counsel for companies in all stages of development, from start-ups to established industry leaders. His practice is focused on software, digital, and Internet-related businesses, and he has also litigated in technology fields as diverse as semiconductors, handsets, networking, hardware, communications, video compression, consumer electronics, analog devices, and medical devices. In this role, he has successfully handled major jury trials and ITC proceedings. He is recognized as one of the top patent trial lawyers in the U.S. At Paul Hastings, he will serve as vice chair of the Global IP practice.

Mr. Jacobs is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who focuses on bet-the-company patent and trade secret disputes spanning all areas of intellectual property law. He has tried numerous jury trials and argued more than 20 cases before the federal courts of appeal. Mr. Jacobs has also litigated extensively before the ITC, successfully representing both complainants and respondents in Section 337 investigations. He has been recognized as a top U.S. practitioner both at the ITC and for his district court and Federal Circuit practice. His practice encompasses an array of technical areas, including hardware and software, semiconductors, fiber optics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mobile handsets, SMS technology, robotics, photolithography, and product design.

Their arrival follows the recent addition of several other IP Litigation partners across the Paul Hastings platform, including Naveen Modi and Joseph Palys in Washington, D.C., and Andrew Grossman in Los Angeles.

Paul Hastings LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in Asia, Europe, and the United States. We provide innovative legal solutions to financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Please visit www.paulhastings.com for more information.