Weil Grows Patent Litigation Practice With Addition Of Stephen Shahida As Partner

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 14:24

Leading patent litigation attorney Stephen Shahida has joined Weil Gotshal as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Shahida joins Weil from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he was the local head of IP litigation in their Washington, D.C. office.

Mr. Shahida comes to Weil with a wealth of experience in complex patent disputes, including numerous matters before the International Trade Commission on a broad spectrum of technologies. His cases have involved integrated circuit designs, semiconductor processes, graphics accelerator chips, advanced medical devices, high modulus low shrinkage fibers, Internet and e-mail services, massive storage devices, analog and digital circuit design, disk drives and various aspects of telephony.

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Weil Gotshal is counsel to Kinder Morgan, Inc. in its agreement to acquire El Paso Corporation for approximately $38 billion, among the largest energy deals in history. Through the transaction, which includes the assumption of outstanding El Paso debt, Kinder Morgan will become the largest midstream and the fourth largest energy company in North America; it will own or operate over 67,000 miles of pipelines across the continent.

Under the terms of the transaction, El Paso shareholders will receive a combination of cash, Kinder Morgan shares, and warrants for Kinder Morgan stock. The acquisition is expected to close by the second quarter of 2012 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

The Weil team is led by Corporate partners Thomas Roberts (NY, Dallas) and R. Jay Tabor (Dallas), and includes Antitrust partners Steven Newborn and Laura Wilkinson (both Washington, DC); Tax partners Marc Silberberg (NY) and Jared Rusman (Dallas); Benefits partner Andrew Gaines (NY); Environmental Transactions partner Annemargaret Connolly (Washington, DC); Finance partners Daniel Dokos and Todd Chandler (both NY); IP partner Michael Epstein (NY); and Corporate partners Mary Korby and P.J. Himelfarb (both Dallas). Also, Corporate associates Sachin Kohli (NY) and Aaron Rigby, David Gail, Sacha Jamal, and Dilen Kumar (all Dallas), and Faraz Rana (NY); Tax associates Max Goodman (NY) and Randell Gartin (Dallas); Benefits associates Eric Schecter and Andrew Mendelowitz (both NY); Finance associate Christopher Gleason (Dallas); Antitrust associates Vadim Brusser and Megan Peloquin (both Washington, DC); Environmental Transactions associate Matthew Morton (Washington, DC); and Real Estate associate Elizabeth Martialay (NY).