McDermott Adds IP Partners (Los Angeles)

July 9, 2001

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Chicago’s McDermott Will & Emery has added two more feathers to the cap of its California intellectual-property practice.

Jorge Arciniega, the former intellectual property chair for the local office of Cleveland’s Squire Sanders & Dempsey, and Rami Yanni, a senior associate at that firm who comes in as a lateral partner, moved to McDermott Will on July 2.

Arciniega chairs the Los Angeles trademark and copyright group for McDermott Will. He and Yanni are the firm’s first West Coast trademark and copyright specialists. The other West Coast lawyers in the firm’s 140-lawyer intellectual-property practice focus on patents and trade secrets.

The 900-lawyer Chicago firm spent the first half of this year stoking its Menlo Park office, hiring seven new partners from the local market since January. Los Angeles recruiter Larry Watanabe from Watanabe Nason & Seltzer has been heading up the firm’s California expansion efforts.

Arciniega says his attraction to McDermott Will is more than just the firm’s commitment to taming the Wild West.

“Beyond that, they are a very strong firm in all other areas of the law in which my clients have needs,” he says.

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