The law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP recently announced that Chad Everingham, a former U.S. magistrate judge, joined as a partner in its intellectual property practice in the firm’s newly established office in Longview, Texas. In this role, he will advise clients on a variety of intellectual property litigation matters, focusing on patent litigation.
Along with the addition of Everingham is David M. Stein, who joined the firm’s intellectual property practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
Everingham has legal experience in both public service and private practice. For four years, he served as a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; this is one of the busiest patent litigation courts in the federal system.
Formerly, Stein was a partner at a large international law firm. There, he served as the chief operating officer of its East Texas practice group. He has significant experience litigating patent cases in jurisdictions all over the country.
Steven Zager, head of Akin Gump’s firm wide intellectual property practice was quoted as saying in a press release at the firm’s website: “The addition of these talented attorneys who have such a deep and impressive set of patent litigation skills is a tremendous addition to our team. Chad literally helped write the book on patent litigation in one of the country’s IP litigation hotspots. Both have intimate familiarity with, and knowledge of, patent litigation that will be a boon not only for our clients, but also for our entire team.”
Everingham was quoted as saying: “These are exciting times for me. Akin Gump enjoys an international reputation for excellence in the handling of complex intellectual property matters. I am delighted to team up with such an experienced complement of trial lawyers. The chance to join one of the country’s top IP litigation practices was a tremendous opportunity that I could not pass up. I’m looking forward to establishing my practice at Akin Gump and bringing over a decade of experience in patent law to bear on behalf of the firm’s clients.”
During his service on the bench, Everingham handled nearly 80 Markman proceedings and tried over twenty complex patent cases. He presided, with the consent of all parties, over more than 200 civil cases, many of which were intellectual property disputes involving industries including medical devices, computer hardware and software, recreational equipment, advanced electronics and semiconductors, automotive and telecommunications. Everingham made significant contributions to the measures designed to facilitate the disposition of complex cases, regarding docket control, discovery and protective order measures.
Stein has been involved in major patent cases involving semiconductor devices and processing, medical devices, sporting goods and various business methods. He has also tried many cases in jurisdictions all over the country. Ranked by The Legal 500 United States (2010) as a leading patent litigation lawyer in the hi-tech, electronics and IT sectors, Stein has also handled many pro bono matters.
Stein was quoted as saying: “Akin Gump has long been a recognized leader in the intellectual property space, and it’s exciting to join its team of accomplished lawyers. I’m very much looking forward to the opportunities this move will present to our clients.”
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has over 800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and was founded in 1945.