Kirkpatrick wins Testa IP team

Recently-merged Anglo-American firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham is the latest to profit from the demise of Boston technology and venture capital powerhouse Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault.

The Boston office of Kirkpatrick has inherited five IP partners and one labour and employment partner.

The IP partners are Michael Brodowski, David Byer, Deborah Peckham, Thomas Turano and Christine Vito, while Mark Pomfret bolsters Kirkpatrick’s employment team.

The IP team has contentious and non-contentious experience across the technology, life sciences and engineering sectors. They join Kirkpatrick’s home office, which houses around 100 of the firm’s 950 lawyers.

Testa had a traumatic first 10 months of 2004, with partners leaving for Bingham McCutcheon, McDermott Will & Emery, Mintz Levin, Sullivan & Worcester and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr.

But the rot really set in when Proskauer Rose took another seven partners in December. Proskauer had already hired three Testa partners months earlier to launch a new Boston office.

When respected corporate partner William Schnoor jumped ship for Goodwin Procter shortly after the Proskauer raid, Testa was effectively no more, with 18 partners following him to Goodwin after the dissolution of the Testa partnership.

Kirkpatrick’s haul of attorneys make it the only firm with a UK presence to inherit a substantial group of Testa lawyers. Richards Butler’s prospective merger with Proskauer would make it another.