DLA hires six-strong Hogan Lovells IP team in LA

A team of six IP lawyers, including five partners, are leaving Hogan Lovells’ Los Angeles office for DLA Piper because of client conflicts.

The group includes the former head of legacy firm Hogan’s west coast IP group Richard de Bodo and partners Siegmund Gutman, Robert Benson, Christopher Broderick and Troy Schmelzer. Of counsel Lawrence McClure will also leave Hogan Lovells, joining DLA Piper as a partner.

A Hogan Lovells spokesperson said: “These moves are the result of client conflicts, which will be resolved by the departures. The moves are with the support and cooperation of the firm.”

DLA Piper US managing partner Terence O’Malley said: “We continue to invest in building a leading global patent litigation practice. Rich and his team’s significant work in high-end intellectual property litigation and counseling matters will be integral in achieving that goal as well as advancing the depth and reach of our capabilities in the Los Angeles region.”

The partners bring specific expertise in electronics, life sciences, pharmaceutical, chemistry, biologics, and internet practices.

Hogan Lovells’ LA office has a total of 50 lawyers, with the departures there will be 17 partners, of whom four do a mixture of contentious and non-contentious IP work.