Vinson & Elkins Adds Two in San Francisco Patent Litigation Practice
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Darryl Woo, Mortimer Hartwell, Patent Liitgation

Summary: The law firm of Vinson & Elkins has added two new Patent Litigation lawyers in its San Francisco office in the persons of Darryl Woo and Mortimer Hartwell.

Darryl Woo and Mortimer Hartwell have joined Vinson & Elkins in the firm’s San Francisco office, according to a press release.


Woo comes to the firm from Fenwick & West LLP where he worked as the chair of the firm’s Patent Litigation Practice. His practice is focused on litigation in the areas of life sciences, information technology, semiconductors and biotechnology.

Hartwell comes to the firm from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and focuses his practice on toxic tort, complex products liability, class action, environmental and catastrophic incidents.

“The addition of Mort and Darryl advances our strategic goal of growing V&E’s litigation practice in San Francisco and across the nation,” said Jim Thompson, head of V&E’s Global Litigation Department. “Darryl brings more than 30 years of patent and technology litigation experience and is widely recognized as one of the Bay Area’s leading IP lawyers, while Mort has a stellar reputation as a first-chair trial lawyer. We are extremely confident in their ability to enhance our already deep bench.”

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Woo has worked as lead counsel on patent litigation cases at the ITC and in 10 states at their federal district courts.

“California and Texas are two of the most active forums for patent litigation in the U.S., and with V&E’s deep Texas roots and international reach, we have the opportunity to build an exceptional IP litigation practice here on the West Coast,” Woo said. “This is a great next step in my career, and I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

The managing partner from the San Francisco office, Matt Jacobs, said, “Though Darryl and Mort have very different practices, they share many common traits, with each being an entrepreneurial lawyer with a demonstrated ability to win big cases on behalf of clients. Both also have strong connections, spanning from the Bay Area to Asia and Europe, along with a commitment to providing excellent client service, making them exactly what we look for in a V&E partner.”

Read more about Darryl Woo here.

Hartwell has clients in the fields of private equity, manufacturing, importing, shareholding and technology.

“V&E’s global network of clients and lawyers combined with the firm’s unique culture and focus on cross-selling and collaboration across practice areas really attracted me to this opportunity,” Hartwell said. “The firm is committed to growing its national litigation presence and I’m extremely excited to be a part of that effort.”

Hartwell earned his law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

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