Patent Litigator JoinsWeil Gotshal In Washington, DC

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 - 01:00

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has announced that Alexander J. Hadjis has joined the firm's Washington, DC office as a partner and will be responsible for building and leading a patent litigation practice in that office.

Mr. Hadjis specializes in patent litigation, with particular expertise in actions before the International Trade Commission. He joins the firm from Fish & Richardson where he was a partner.

The addition of Mr. Hadjis's practice represents the expansion into the Washington legal market of Weil Gotshal's patent litigation practice. Mr. Hadjis will join Weil Gotshal's nearly 100 full-time patent litigation attorneys, who are centered primarily in Silicon Valley, New York City and Texas.

Mr. Hadjis has accumulated numerous lead-counsel wins, including a recent highly publicized victory against Philips Electronics in the ITC, in which he successfully employed an antitrust-based patent misuse defense. Trained in electrical engineering, Mr. Hadjis's practice encompasses the semiconductor, telecommunications, technology standards, computer hardware and networks, chemical, automotive and electrical fields. He is also experienced in litigating cases involving the interface between intellectual property and antitrust law.

"We have been looking for the right person to lead a Washington component to our global patent litigation practice for some time, and we are thrilled Alex has joined us," said Matthew D. Powers, head of Weil Gotshal's patent litigation practice. "Alex has proved that he is a seasoned trial lawyer and mentor to associates, both of which are key to our practice."

Weil Gotshal also has announced that Andrew L. Gaines has joined the firm as a partner in the Tax Department in the New York City office. He will be focusing on executive compensation and employee benefits

Weil partner Irwin H. Warren, head of the firm's Business and Securities Litigation practice, has been elected to the Council of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association.

Weil Gotshal successfully represented the New York Stock Exchange, Inc., an intervenor in MFS Securities Corp. v. Securities and Exchange Commission , in a decision handed down last month by a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In the decision, the court affirmed an SEC order dismissing MFS Securities Corporations's application for review of its alleged improper termination by the NYSE as an NYSE member organization. The court held, inter alia, that the doctrine of exhaustion of administrative remedies applies to the SEC's review of action by a self-regulatory organization such as the NYSE, and that the SEC did not err in dismissing MFS's application because of MFS's failure to exhaust its administrative remedies before the NYSE.