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Allen & Overy Continues Growth in Washington, D.C. and Expansion of Global Intellectual Property Practice With Appointment of Section 337 Specialist Steven E. Adkins

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Washington, DC -- Allen & Overy today announces that Steven E. Adkins has joined the Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the U.S. Litigation group and the global Intellectual Property practice, comprising around 100 dedicated IP partners and lawyers in our offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. Steve is a trial lawyer specializing in Section 337 investigations involving patent infringement in international trade and other unfair trade issues before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and at U.S. Customs.

Kevin O'Shea, U.S. managing partner, comments, "We are excited to have Steve join our Washington, D.C. office and the U.S. Litigation group. He further confirms our commitment to growing the firm's U.S. and global capabilities in order to better service our clients' IP needs."

"Our global practice provides clients with exceptional IP services in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific," said Michael Feldberg, head of the U.S. litigation practice. "As many of our clients know well, the ITC is being increasingly used as a forum to raise IP disputes. Steve's vast experience representing clients in Section 337 patent infringement investigations will be invaluable to Allen & Overy's clients both in the United States as well as around the world"

Steven has served as lead trial counsel in representing both respondents and complainants based in Asia, Europe and the United States in approximately 35 Section 337 investigations involving various technologies, such as chemicals, computer software, telecommunications, mechanical patents and semiconductors (including graphics and flash memory). He also has represented clients in matters before various state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Steven joins Allen & Overy from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where he co-chaired its Section 337 ITC Practice.

Steven received his J.D. from the University of Richmond in 1991 and his B.A. from Georgia College in 1984. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

For further information please contact Amie Davidson,, at +1 646 344 6565, or Lee Garfinkle,, at +1 646 344 6781.

Notes to editors

1. Allen & Overy's Washington, D.C. office has 6 partners and 9 associates. Combined with the New York office, Allen & Overy has 42 partners and over 175 lawyers in the U.S. If Allen & Overy's Washington DC and New York offices were a stand-alone law firm, that firm would be ranked in the AMLAW 200.

2. Allen & Overy is an international legal practice with approximately 4,750 staff, including some 515 partners, working in 39 offices worldwide.

3. In this press release 'Allen & Overy' means Allen & Overy LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings.

4. The term 'partner’ is used to refer to a member of Allen & Overy LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications or an individual with equivalent status in one of Allen & Overy LLP’s affiliated undertakings.

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