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Dickstein Shapiro LLP Welcomes IP Team in Los Angeles

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Continues Strategic Expansion of West Coast Office

Los Angeles, CA -- Dickstein Shapiro is pleased to announce the expansion of its Los Angeles office with the addition of intellectual property partners Lawrence R. LaPorte, David A. Randall, and Michael A. Tomasulo. The addition of this team continues the development of the firm’s 80-plus attorney Intellectual Property Practice nationwide and continues the strategic expansion of the firm’s West Coast office. The Intellectual Property Practice in Los Angeles focuses its work on representing clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, asset management, opinions and prosecution, as well as licensing and counseling. This team represents clients across a spectrum of various technologies in industries including high-technology, entertainment, and video gaming.

"This is a top-notch group of intellectual property attorneys, and we are thrilled to welcome Larry, Dave, and Mike to Dickstein Shapiro," said Gary Hoffman, head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice and member of the firm’s executive committee. "Their years of successful litigation and counseling experience in all areas of intellectual property law will be a great asset to our clients, our practice, and our Los Angeles office. They will be a great benefit to the continuing growth of our Intellectual Property Practice."

"Our growing footprint in California reflects our dedication to delivering the highest level of service to our clients through the strategic expansion of our intellectual property, insurance coverage, business litigation, and corporate practices," said Linda Kornfeld, Managing Partner of Dickstein Shapiro’s Los Angeles office. "This team is a great fit with our unique entrepreneurial culture."

"Dickstein Shapiro is a brand name intellectual property firm with a deep bench of dedicated litigators, including many with first chair experience. We are excited to join this powerhouse practice and remarkable group of IP attorneys," said Larry LaPorte. "Our experience strongly complements the capabilities of Dickstein Shapiro’s Los Angeles office, particularly in the areas of business litigation, entertainment, and insurance coverage. We look forward to leveraging these new opportunities to support our clients."

Mr. LaPorte has practiced law for more than 20 years and most recently was a partner in the intellectual property litigation practice of Jones Day. He is a successful litigator, and his experience includes patent, trademark, trade secret, antitrust, unfair competition, and contract cases for a wide variety of high-technology companies. Mr. LaPorte received his J.D. and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Randall represents clients in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes, and routinely advises on the development and management of worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, as well as product design and the procurement of product configuration trademarks. He joins Dickstein Shapiro from Jones Day, where he was head of the Los Angeles intellectual property prosecution practice. Mr. Randall received his J.D. from Arizona State University and his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Mr. Tomasulo is a first chair intellectual property litigator whose work focuses on sophisticated technology matters. He has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark litigation, as well as in cases involving breach of contract. He also is a court-appointed attorney settlement officer for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Tomasulo received his J.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dickstein Shapiro’s nationally ranked Intellectual Property Practice has more than 80 attorneys who work with clients to develop strategies that capitalize on their intellectual property assets and achieve their business objectives. The firm is ranked by Managing Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Today magazines as a top firm for intellectual property work. Dickstein Shapiro has the experience, skill, and knowledge to successfully solve intellectual property problems for clients striving to succeed in this ever-changing, highly competitive arena.

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Dickstein Shapiro LLP, founded in 1953, is a multiservice law firm with more than 400 attorneys in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC. The firm’s clients include more than 100 of the Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, leading financial institutions, major motion picture studios, charitable organizations, and government officials. Dickstein Shapiro’s core practice groups—Antitrust & Dispute Resolution, Business & Securities Law, Corporate & Finance, Energy, Government Law & Strategy, Insurance Coverage, and Intellectual Property—involve the firm in virtually every major form of counseling, litigation, and advocacy. For additional information, please visit

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