Pair of Woodcock Washburn IP Litigators Join Duane Morris
In what has been a very quiet lateral market for intellectual property lawyers this year, Duane Morris has hired two IP litigators from Woodcock Washburn in Philadelphia, including the head of its litigation practice.
Aleksander J. Goranin, the chair of Woodcock Washburn's litigation practice, and David J. Wolfsohn, a former chair of the practice, have joined Duane Morris as partners.
Goranin focuses his practice on litigating patent, copyright, trademark and trade-secret cases in the software, life sciences and manufacturing technologies industries.
Wolfsohn tries patent, copyright, licensing, trademark, unfair competition, Lanham Act and trade-secret cases.
The duo worked together on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case The Graham Co. v. USI MidAtlantic, which resulted in a $30.4 million judgment, the largest indirect-profits copyright award ever.
Duane Morris Chairman John J. Soroko said the addition of Wolfsohn and Goranin strengthens the litigation component of the firm's Philadelphia IP presence, which until now has tended more toward transactional IP work.
Soroko said having greater IP litigation capabilities so close to the Delaware federal courts is also a plus and that Wolfsohn and Goranin are among the "best of the breed" of IP litigators.
Wolfsohn served as the chair of Woodcock Washburn's litigation practice until July 2011, when senior partner Steven J. Rocci stepped down as chair of the firm's policy committee and took over as head of litigation.
Goranin became head of the practice in 2012.
Duane Morris changed the leadership of its own IP practice in early 2012 with partner Lewis F. Gould Jr. stepping down and Atlanta-based partner L. Norwood "Woody" Jameson taking his place and has been aggressively hiring IP lawyers ever since.