KWM expands New York office with dispute resolution team hire

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International law firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is continuing to expand in the United States with the appointment of a Dispute Resolution team of 3 partners, 6 senior counsel and 1 paralegal from a highly regarded international firm in New York this month.

They join KWM's global Dispute Resolution practice, providing the capability and expertise to take on increased inbound work from the firm's existing market leading platforms in China, Australia and the EUME.

The incoming team have an impressive litigation track record and strong international reputation, having worked together for the past fifteen years.

Partner Mark Raskin is a highly experienced IP litigator with more than 20 years' experience across patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright litigation with particular emphasis on life sciences, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Mark has also worked as General Counsel of a US engineering and manufacturing organisation that specialises in military and aerospace products.

Partner Robert Whitman is a seasoned trial lawyer who has been litigating patent cases in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission for three decades. He specialises in electrical patent disputes, primarily in the high technology and semi-conductor fields.

Partner Vincent Filardo, Jr. has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial litigator and trial lawyer, who in addition to IP litigation also handles a variety of other matters including commercial contract disputes, trade secret and unfair competition, business tort, defamation, employment disputes, white collar, regulatory and civil fraud defense and prosecution and U.S. government and corporate investigations.

Together with senior counsels, Eric Berger, Michael DeVincenzo, Elizabeth Long, Andrea Pacelli, John Petrsoric, and Charles Wizenfeld they will complement KWM's existing dispute resolution practice and add significant depth and breadth to firm's global offering with specialist expertise across ten different practice areas: Complex Civil Litigation, IP and Patent Litigation, International Arbitration, Internal Investigations, White Collar Criminal and Regulatory Defense, Fraud and Asset Recovery, and Employment Litigation. 

Managing partner of KWM US Jack Wang said: "We are pleased to be expanding our platform in the US with such a high caliber team who will enable us to provide clients with a full-service dispute resolution practice. Along with the recent appointment of international corporate partner Thomas Shoesmith late last year, this announcement signifies KWM's commitment to the US market which is critical to the firm's global strategy."

Commenting on behalf of the newly appointed team, Mark Raskin said: "With KWM's unique international platform and client base, together with our local capability and experience, we are very excited about the growth opportunities this move presents. We look forward to joining the global KWM network and leveraging our shared strengths to enhance the offering we provide to our clients in the US and around the world."

KWM is an international law firm with more than 2000 lawyers in 28 offices around the world. KWM now has 19 partners across its US offices practicing across Banking & Finance; Corporate, M&A and Capital Market; Dispute Resolution & Compliance; Private Equity and Venture Capital; Intellectual Property; Tax and Wealth Management.