Five Litigators Join Arnold & Porter in Washington and Los Angeles
Group Brings Substantial Experience in Trademark, Antitrust, and Complex Commercial Litigation
Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, October 7, 2008 -- Arnold & Porter LLP today announced that five litigators have joined the business litigation and antitrust groups in two of the firm's offices. Kenneth Chernof and Carl Nadler will be based in Washington and James Speyer, John Ulin, and Eric Shapland will be based in Los Angeles. The group, which has substantial experience in trademark, antitrust, and complex commercial matters, will expand the firm's existing capabilities in those areas.
"We're thrilled to attract this immensely talented group of lawyers to Arnold & Porter," said Chair Thomas Milch. "They bring invaluable experience in complex litigation and antitrust matters and their arrival strengthens our litigation and trial practice in key substantive and geographical areas."
Commenting for the newly arrived group, Mr. Chernof said, "Arnold & Porter has a rich tradition, a strong firm culture, and an impressive business plan to move forward. We chose Arnold & Porter because we respect the breadth and depth of their litigation experience and the wealth of talent they have in so many areas of practice that matter to business clients. But most of all, we chose Arnold & Porter because they value excellence."
At his former firm, Mr. Chernof was a member of the policy committee and co-chair of the complex commercial litigation practice. He represents one of the nation's largest consumer products companies in complex antitrust and commercial trademark litigation. His practice has included devising and implementing brand protection litigation strategies to address counterfeit and grey market sales, and defending clients in multi-state price fixing class actions. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Chernof served in the US Department of Justice as Deputy Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff to the Associate Attorney General.
Mr. Nadler's litigation practice focuses on commercial litigation and intellectual property law. He has experience managing large and complex patent litigation cases involving a variety of technologies, especially telecommunications. He has handled complex commercial litigation involving antitrust, class actions, licensing and contracts, and all aspects of advertising litigation. He served as co-chair of the telecommunication practice at a national law firm.
Mr. Speyer's practice focuses on antitrust and other complex civil litigation, including product liability, unfair competition, and franchise law. He served as chair of the litigation practice in Los Angeles at his former firm. Among other matters, he currently represents the world's largest live music company in over 20 consumer class actions alleging antitrust violations. From 1991 to 2005, Mr. Speyer was an attorney at Arnold & Porter and practiced in the antitrust and trade regulation group.
Mr. Ulin is a trial lawyer who focuses on trademark litigation. In 2007, he won a visible brand integrity trial for a national consumer products client and another trademark trial in which he acted as co-lead counsel for a classic toymaker. He has also devised and implemented brand protection strategies for major corporations and has handled false advertising litigation for a pharmaceutical products company and unfair competition litigation for a Fortune 500 company in the semiconductor industry. His practice extends to products liability litigation for clients in the defense, tobacco, plumbing, and automotive industries. Mr. Ulin also enjoys a rich pro bono practice focusing primarily on voting rights, political reform, and other civil rights issues. He is also a past chair of the litigation practice in the Los Angeles office of his former firm.
Mr. Shapland is an antitrust lawyer with background in technological tying, bundled rebates, failure-to-assist, standing and immunity doctrines. In antitrust cases involving tobacco, software and construction, he has helped develop strategies for trial, motion practice and class certification proceedings. In his general practice, Mr. Shapland has tried and arbitrated several cases, led expert disclosure and discovery, and briefed and argued several motions and appeals.
Arnold & Porter's Business Litigation Practice
Arnold & Porter's business litigation group is composed of more than 300 lawyers nationally. The firm has substantial experience trying cases before judges and juries in federal and state courts across the country, and in US and international arbitral forums. Arnold & Porter represents public and private companies, as well as international sovereigns, in contract disputes, business torts, product liability and mass torts, class action defenses, and a broad range of complex litigation. The firm has defended scores of class action litigations involving consumer protection/false advertising, antitrust, product liability, intellectual property, securities, distributor disputes, and environmental and toxic tort claims.
Arnold & Porter was one of 18 law firms singled out in the "Honor Roll" section in The American Lawyer's 2008 "Litigation Department of the Year" feature. The firm was highlighted for its success in savings and loan litigation and diet drug litigation. Arnold & Porter is the only law firm in the country to be simultaneously recognized in 2008 by FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For," Working Mother magazine's "100 Best Companies" and "50 Best Law Firms for Women," and The American Lawyer's "A-List" of top 20 law firms.