Allan M Soobert

Partner at Paul Hastings LLP
Ranked in United States: DC Metro Area
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Paul Hastings is unanimously regarded as one of the nation’s leading post-grant firms; it is prolific at the PTAB and has clocked up crucial victories for many leading companies. The fulcrum around which this practice turns is global IP vice co-chair Naveen Modi, a preeminent expert who has been involved in well over 500 post-grant proceedings. His recent highlights are too numerous to describe in detail but include a clean sweep victory for Google in a series of inter partes reviews dealing with nine multimedia technology patents asserted by Virentem, every challenged claim of every patent being invalidated. With him on this, co-leader of the patent office practice Joseph Palys is also in his prime. Accomplishing equally great feats in federal district courts, the ITC and the Federal Circuit are Allan Soobert, Jeffrey Pade and Phillip Citroën, who form a strong litigation line-up in DC. Soobert and Pade linked up with Modi and Palys to mount an important defence for Samsung in a complex patent and trade secret case in which the defeat of opponent NuCurrent’s preliminary injunction was required to enable Samsung to pursue inter partes reviews. The result was the invalidation of all of the patents in suit, completely derailing the plaintiff’s litigation – a stark example of the efficacy of the ensemble’s teamwork and the potency of its blended skill set. Soobert and Citroën are defending Samsung in another high-stakes case implicating Samsung’s three-dimensional memory chips found in a wide-range of consumer goods. Paul Hastings is in a stronger position for ITC litigation than ever before, thanks to its recent addition of Kecia Reynolds, who joined from Pillsbury in December 2021. She has 20 years of ITC experience and is a former senior investigative attorney in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations.

Allan M Soobert's Profile

Allan M Soobert is a first-chair litigator who specialises in patent and trade secret litigation.

Mr Soobert represents industry leaders and major technology companies in their most-significant intellectual property cases and has successfully handled numerous high-profile disputes. He has extensive experience in all phases of complex litigation, having litigated cases before trial and appellate courts across the United States, as well as before the US International Trade Commission and the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr Soobert has been repeatedly recognised as a leading IP litigator by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Legal 500 and IAM, among others. In these publications, clients and peers alike have stated that he is “a creative thinker” with a “talent for handling the most complex IP disputes”, while emphasising that he is “a great writer and advocate, and also very enjoyable to work with.”

Mr Soobert has held various leadership positions within the firm, including serving a four-year term as vice chair of the firm’s 150-plus lawyer Washington, DC office. Recently, he was awarded the firm’s Excel award for excellence in client service.

Firm Profile

Paul Hastings LLP is a leading global law firm with a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Through a collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to client service, the professionals of Paul Hastings deliver innovative solutions to many of the world’s top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. The firm has a dynamic global practice and is widely recognised for helping its clients achieve success in some of the largest domestic and cross-border transactions across a range of industries, as well as favourably resolving complex disputes in numerous jurisdictions. In recent years, Paul Hastings has been consistently ranked among the top firms in the Financial Times’ ‘Innovative Lawyers’ reports in North America and has been commended in all markets. The firm is regularly listed among the top firms on the American Lawyer A-List, which acknowledges its financial success and strong commitment to pro bono, diversity and associate satisfaction.

Main areas of practice

Litigation: The firm’s litigation practice provides premier litigation services to clients facing complex legal issues in the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. The litigation practice covers every major practice, including intellectual property, securities, subprime litigation, class action and employment litigation, international arbitration, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and white-collar crime.

Corporate: The Paul Hastings corporate practice is globally recognised in virtually every area of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity and debt financings, formation of investment funds, project finance, securitisations, bankruptcy, corporate restructurings and distressed debt trading, venture capital work, technology licensing, and franchising and distribution arrangements.

Employment: The Paul Hastings labour and employment practice is recognised as one of the largest in its field, with an outstanding record in defending class actions for large multinational companies. The lawyers counsel clients with respect to all areas of employment law, including benefits, discrimination, downsizing, employee mobility, harassment, immigration, traditional labour, and wage and hour.

Real estate: The Paul Hastings global real estate practice covers all areas of real estate finance, sales and acquisitions, private equity, development, hotels and hospitality, leasing, joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies, and bankruptcy and restructuring of real estate portfolios. The practice’s environmental, planning, construction and real estate litigation expertise is extensive, as is its experience in debt, equity and hybrid investment.

Tax: The firm’s global tax practice covers mergers and acquisitions, capital market offerings, investment and joint venture structuring, leasing, structured and project finance, and financial product planning and structuring. It is internationally known as having one of the preeminent tax practices in telecommunications, real estate, executive compensation, and tax-exempt and tax-favored investments.

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