King & Spalding Recruits Circular Energy President Brad Thompson; Expands IP Practice into Washington, D.C.

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 13:01

Brad Thompson, formerly president and general counsel of solar energy company Circular Energy, has rejoined King & Spalding as a partner in its business litigation practice in Austin, Texas. He will focus on complex commercial disputes, particularly construction and energy-related matters.

Mr. Thompson left King & Spalding last year to join Circular Energy, where he directed the company’s day-to-day operations and risk management obligations. He also oversaw the company’s merger with retail electric provider Pro Power Providers. During his tenure at King & Spalding from 2008 to 2013, Mr. Thompson handled matters involving the Public Utilities Regulatory Act and other energy-related statutes dealing with power-market structures and their impact on utilities, qualifying facilities, and other market participants, including renewable (wind and solar) energy sources. He represented energy clients before state and federal courts, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Fifth Circuit, Texas appellate courts, and the Texas Public Utility Commission. He also had significant experience in major construction litigation.

The Austin office, which opened in 2008, provides legal services primarily in energy and natural resources, litigation, health care and intellectual property law.

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King & Spalding has expanded its intellectual property practice into the firm’s Washington, D.C., office with the addition of partners Jennifer Burdman and William Sauers. They join King & Spalding from Crowell & Moring.

Ms. Burdman’s practice includes counseling clients on a broad range of matters relating to the acquisition, protection, licensing and enforcement of IP rights. She has extensive trial experience, including numerous complex, high-stakes litigations in patent infringements, trade secret misappropriation and IP contractual matters. She has litigated patent infringement cases involving a wide variety of technologies including medical devices, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.

Mr. Sauers focuses on patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement litigation and also counsels clients in a wide range of fields regarding IP portfolio management and enforcement. An experienced trial lawyer, he handles disputes before district courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Sauers was a lawyer with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.