Jones Day Adds Three Partners and Three Registered Patent Agents in Southern Calfornia
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jones dayJones Day announced that three more partners and three registered patent agents have joined the Firm in Southern California. The attorneys will provide additional strength to the Firm’s Securities Litigation and Intellectual Property practices in the California region.

So far this year, the Firm has added 15 partners in its five California offices:  one in San Francisco, four in Silicon Valley, one in Los Angeles, three in Irvine, and six in San Diego. Jones Day now has more than 300 lawyers in California.

Roman E. Darmer will be joining Jones Day as a partner in Irvine as a member of the Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement Practice. He is currently a partner in the Orange County office of Howrey LLP.


In San Diego, Astrid R. Spain and David A. Gay, Ph.D. will be joining as partners, and Deborah L. Cadena, Victor Behar, and Micheal L. Hebert, who are all Ph.D.s, will be joining as patent agents in the firm’s IP Property practice. All five join from the San Diego office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

In the press release at the firm’s site, Joe Sims, the Jones Day partner responsible for coordinating the Firm’s activities in California, was quoted as saying: “The addition of these talented lawyers provides us with even greater depth of experience on the West Coast in the securities litigation, biotech, and pharmaceutical space. The fact that we continue to attract some very accomplished lawyers in California is making it possible to broaden and deepen the services we offer — in California and around the world — and to open opportunities for improved client service to our existing clients and for the creation of potential new relationships.”

Mr. Darmer has represented a range of clients in civil and criminal investigations, and has supervised numerous internal investigations on behalf of corporations and board committees. He has extensive experience handling SEC enforcement actions and white collar criminal matters, and also handles a wide range of complex civil litigation.

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Ms. Spain’s practice spans patent counseling, prosecution, and litigation in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries.

Dr. Gay focuses his practice on pharmaceutical and biotechnology intellectual property law.

Among the patent agents, Dr. Cadena focuses her practice on all aspects of life sciences and biotechnology and has 13 years of experience prosecuting patents.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers, including over 400 in Europe and 200 in Asia, located in 32 centers of business and finance throughout the world. In California, Jones Day has more than 300 lawyers in five offices – San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Irvine, and San Diego.


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