Howrey exodus continues as another seven partners jump ship

Seven IP partners have left Howrey’s US offices in the last five days including San Francisco-based rainmaker KT Cherian. 

Cherian has joined the San Francisco office of Hogan Lovells along with fellow IP partners Scott Wales and Sarah Jalali, and IP litigation partners Constance Ramos and John Hamann.

San Francisco partner Duane Mathiowetz joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman last week (11 February), and Baker Botts yesterday announced the arrival of partner Mark Whitaker from Howrey’s Washington office.

“Mark adds depth to our intellectual property capabilities as we continue to expand service in this area to our clients nationally and internationally,” said Baker Botts managing partner Walt Smith. “His experience in serving as lead counsel to clients across a broad spectrum of industries fits with our well-established reputation as a leading IP firm.”

Howrey has been hit by a wave of defections since the beginning of the year, including Chicago managing partner David Clough (2 February 2011), vice-chairman Henry Bunsow (19 January 2011), and global antitrust co-chair Trevor Soames (20 January 2011).

Chicago-based firm Winston & Strawn is also in talks with Howrey over acquiring parts of the firm (31 January 2011).