We have been hearing that after a long recession, Silicon Valley law firms are once again going hard after their competitors to hire lateral partners.
After IP litigator Yar Chaikovsky quietly (hah!) left Sonnenschein for McDermott Will & Emery, we have more proof. Two IP litigators from Mintz Levin in Palo Alto are headed over to K&L Gates. Bryan Sinclair and Karineh Khachatourian are joining the enormous merger-happy nation of a law firm that is K&L Gates, our sources tell us. The pair of IP litigators joined Mintz in 2008, leaving behind the dying Silicon Valley office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.
Sinclair and Khachatourian are currently working on a furniture trademark case over the famous Barcelona chair, as well as some contract cases for Phoenix Technologies, according to a brief search of the local docket. Khachatourian is also president of the Women’s Intellectual Property Association.
The new hires will bring K&L Gates’ Palo Alto office to 18 lawyers. The attorneys involved in the move said they couldn’t comment.
— Zusha Elinson