IP Attorney Joins King & Spalding

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 01:00

Continuing its aggressive expansion in the intellectual property arena, King & Spalding has announced that Richard Pettus, a patent litigator with significant experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products sectors, has joined the firm's New York office as a partner in its intellectual property practice group.

Mr. Pettus is the seventh new partner to join King & Spalding's IP group in the past four months and the third new partner to join the firm's New York office in that time period.

In addition to Mr. Pettus, IP litigators Tony Askew, Steve Schaetzel, Jim Johnson and John Harbin have joined the practice in the firm's Atlanta office, and patent lawyers Ken Sonnenfeld and Peg Brivanlou joined the firm's New York office. Mr. Sonnenfeld's arrival marked the establishment of a patent prosecution capability in the firm's New York office, which now has a full complement of IP capabilities and more than 30 lawyers and patent agents. In all, the firm's IP group now numbers more than 100 lawyers and patent agents.

Mr. Pettus joins King & Spalding from McDermott Will & Emery, where he was a partner. His practice focuses on the litigation and licensing of patents, with particular expertise in pharmaceutical matters.

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King & Spalding has announced that it has added three lawyers to its new Dubai office as part of its expansion in the Middle East, bringing the total number of King & Spalding lawyers in Dubai to seven.

The increase in staffing in the firm's new office in Dubai is in response to growing client demand in the areas of Islamic finance, energy, real estate, private equity and international arbitration in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa. The King & Spalding office in Dubai opened last month after receipt of a license from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in November.

The firm also announced it intends to establish an affiliation with a Saudi Arabian lawyer based in Riyadh, which will enhance the firm's ability to handle transactions in Saudi Arabia. Details of the Saudi Arabia affiliation are being finalized.

King & Spalding has hired three senior attorneys from Baker Botts' Dubai office as part of its next step in expanding in the Middle East: Nabil Issa, an Arabic speaker focusing on Islamic finance and investment who has worked in both Riyadh and Dubai; Patrick Campos, whose practice focuses on international project development and finance and who has worked in both Riyadh and Dubai, and Wael Wahbeh, a native Arabic speaker specializing in corporate and private equity work who has worked in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

These three new attorneys join partner Philip Weems, the leader of King & Spalding's international energy practice, who has relocated from Houston to serve as managing partner of the Dubai office. Jawad Ali, a partner in the firm's Islamic finance and investment practice, will relocate to Dubai from London, and Benjamin Newland, a partner in the firm's private equity practice, will relocate from Atlanta to Dubai.