Panitch Schwarze Makes First Hire In New Del. Office

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"The clients will not see an increase," she said.

One of the factors Rogowski said influenced her decision to leave Novak Druce was the rate pressure the firm had placed on attorneys since last year's merger with Connolly Bove.

"I represent a number of smaller clients with their intellectual properties and there was increasing rate pressure since the Novak Druce merger," she said. "Raising hourly rates would be difficult for me with the clients I have. I thought, for that reason and the practice I have, I would be well-suited to manage Panitch Schwarze's expansion into Delaware."

Rogowski noted that rate pressure has become an issue for larger intellectual property firms.

"It's very difficult when you do transactional intellectual property work to have rates in the fives and above," she said. "It's a nonstarter for most clients and as the firms get bigger, the rate structure becomes really unsustainable. I think sophisticated clients have pushed back and looked for ways to work out arrangements with firms."

Rogowski said she was attracted to Panitch Schwarze because she had a good relationship with the firm's attorneys, including a former Connolly Bove litigator. In addition, she developed a friendship with attorneys at her new firm through her work with the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association. She is a past president and vice president of the PIPLA.

"I knew several of the Panitch Schwarze attorneys and I just knew that I liked those folks," she said. "I made the move because it was a good fit for me and my clients. The size and the ability to lead a new office were both attractive to me."

Although Jeff Bove, a senior partner at Novak Druce, told Legal sibling publication Delaware Law Weekly in January that Rogowski was "a great person to help build the Wilmington office up," he said Wednesday that her departure will not impact his firm's expansion plans.

"Pat decided that she wanted to try a smaller Philadelphia-based firm," Bove said Wednesday. "Although we will certainly miss her and wish her the very best, we respect her decision to pursue something different. One of our main objectives for our Delaware office is to build our patent litigation practice, given the importance of the District of Delaware. This goal will not be impacted by Pat's departure."

"We continue to look for qualified litigators in Delaware and elsewhere who are interested in being part of our growing national IP boutique with offices in major patent litigation venues throughout the United States," he added.

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