Lawyers join Polsinelli in breaking up international trading firm DC

(Reuters) – US law firm Polsinelli announced on Tuesday that it has hired a team of seven international commercial lawyers from a small law firm in Washington, DC, which is now being wound up.

Polsinelli said Deanna Tanner Okun, the managing partner of AMS TRADE and former chair of the US International Trade Commission, will lead her new ITC Section 337 litigation and commercial practice. The firm already has a broader international trading practice.

With more than 1,000 attorneys in 23 U.S. cities, Polsinelli offers clients a broader range of legal services than their small firm could offer, according to Okun.

“There are opportunities for us to expand our work and for our clients to come to a full-service law firm,” she said.

Okun said AMS TRADE’s partners voted to dissolve the company at the end of the year; All former partners have joined Polsinelli.

AMS TRADE was known as Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg until January 2022 when Tom Schaumberg left the firm for the Washington firm now known as Levi Snotherly & Schaumberg. AMS customers have included Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Nike Inc.

Okun served as ITC Chair from June 2002 to June 2004 and again from June 2010 to June 2012. Joining her from AMS to Polsinelli are Daniel Smith, Lauren Peterson and Lydia Pardini, who will join as shareholders, and Louis Mastriani, who will join as a senior partner.

Sean Wesp and Joonho Hwang have joined Polsinelli as associates, while Alissa Chase has joined as international commercial advisor, the firm said.

Its duties include hearing intellectual property disputes related to US imports, and it may issue bans on products found to infringe US patents. Last month, the ITC ruled that Apple’s Apple Watches with electrocardiogram functionality infringe patents held by medical device maker AliveCor Inc, even though the agency delayed all import bans pending appeal.

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