Amanda Hollis

IAM Research

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Bronze - Individuals: litigation

Put simply, Kirkland & Ellis is one of the crème de la crème for hardcore patent litigation. Like firefighters on watch, its lawyers are always trial ready and bring an intensity to case preparation and development that serves them well both in the courtroom and in negotiations. The firm has a constellation of contentious stars across its California, DC, Chicago and New York offices, who collaborate effectively to give clients ultimate firepower. In Chicago, James Hurst is the name at the top of the fight card and virtually second to none in the country in terms of trial experience. He backs up his victories at the appellate level, too, recently capping a 2017 Delaware district court summary judgment win for Abbott in a suit brought by Enzo Life Sciences over DNA and RNA probe technologies used in medical testing with a Federal Circuit affirmance, which finalised the dispute following denial of a cert petition with the Supreme Court. Alongside him on this was DC appellate ace John O’Quinn and local colleague Amanda Hollis, who showcases impressive technical range, but acquits herself with distinction in pharmaceutical actions. Bryan Hales also relishes the cut and thrust of life sciences litigation. He recently acted for Eagle Pharmaceuticals, which sought to manufacture and market a competing drug to opposing party Eli Lilly’s Alimta chemotherapy treatment; he was brought in just a month before trial was due to commence, as testament to his life-saving capabilities. Russell Levine brings so much to Kirkland & Ellis, including trial and dispute resolution expertise, licensing wizardry, all-round strategic wisdom and valuable leadership and mentoring. Not to be left out on the highlight reel, he achieved a big Federal Circuit win for Syngenta against agrochemical manufacturer Willowood in a multi-layered patent and copyright dispute. Notably, Levine prevailed on the copyright issue despite the US government filing a statement of interest in support of Willowood’s position; furthermore, an issue arising on the patent side of the case was one of first impression regarding the imposition of a single-entity requirement under 35 USC Section 271(g). Transactions are another forte for the firm, as illustrated by the sophisticated deal work of heavyweights Seth Traxler, Neil Hirshman and Jeffery Norman. Traxler plays a dual role as co-head of the technology and IP transactions group and leader of the cybersecurity and data privacy practice; Hirshman leverages his technical background and is hailed for his intellect, speed and efficiency; while Norman is a leading authority on software.

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