Accomplished Trial Lawyers Join Akin Gump

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 01:00

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has expanded its intellectual property litigation practice with the addition of three partners in Philadelphia. Joining Akin Gump are Dianne B. Elderkin, Barbara L. Mullin and Steven D. Maslowski. The lawyers previously practiced at an IP boutique in Philadelphia.

For more than two decades, Ms. Elderkin has litigated and tried patent infringement cases nationwide involving a wide range of technologies, including biologic therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, surgical and dental instruments, and more.

Ms. Mullin tries cases in federal courts and before arbitration panels in such diverse technological fields as recombinant antibodies, medical devices and methods, pharmaceuticals and semiconductor wafer processing.

Mr. Maslowski's practice focuses on patent litigation in a wide range of technologies, from highly complex biological and chemical inventions such as monoclonal antibodies and polymer compositions to mechanical and electrical devices.

FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy, Inc. have announced that the companies will combine in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $8.5 billion, creating a leading regional energy provider with approximately $16 billion in annual revenues and $1.4 billion in annual net income.

FirstEnergy was assisted in the transaction by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP corporate partners Rick L. Burdick, Zachary N. Wittenberg and Elisabeth Cappuyns and counsel Daniel I. Fisher. The Akin Gump team also included antitrust partners Paul B. Hewitt and Anthony W. Swisher; regulatory partner G. Philip Nowak; litigation partners James P. Tuite and C. Fairley Spillman; employee benefits partner Bruce E. Simonetti and counsel Austin S. Lilling; environmental partners Paul E. Gutermann and David H. Quigley; tax partner Patrick B. Fenn; and finance partner Lucas F. Torres.