DLA Piper Nabs Boies Schiller IP Partner in LA

January 04, 2019


By Xiumei Dong

Michael Jay, a former Boies Schiller Flexner partner, has joined DLA Piper’s intellectual property and technology practice in Los Angeles.

Adding onto a string of hires in Los Angeles, DLA Piper has brought on a former Boies Schiller Flexner partner to bolster its intellectual property and technology practice.

Partner Michael Jay has joined the global firm’s Century City office, where he will work closely with partner Eric Hagen, who was formerly head of the trade secrets practice at McDermott Will & Emery.

“I have practiced in Los Angeles my entire career for the last 15 years, I know the market well. I know the judges, the legal field in Los Angeles,” Jay said. “I thought that I would really add value to DLA Piper’s effort to strengthen its patent practice in that particular geographic location.”

Jay’s practice primarily involves IP litigation and strategy. He has represented a wide range of clients in trials and appellate proceedings, in cases involving technologies such as telecommunication and wireless communication protocols, smartphones and computer software.

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael to the firm, where he will play an important role in strengthening our growing intellectual property and technology practice in Los Angeles, along with Eric Hagen, who joined the firm in July,” said a statement from Stuart Liner, co-managing partner of DLA Piper’s Los Angeles area offices. “His experience will enable us to strengthen our IPT practice offerings and better serve the patent litigation needs of our clients on the West Coast.”

Since completing its merger with 60-lawyer Liner LLP in 2017, DLA Piper has been particularly focused on Los Angeles. According to DLA Piper, the roughly 3,600-lawyer firm currently has about 95 lawyers in Los Angeles, including 66 in Century City and 29 in its downtown office.

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