McDermott Welcomes Skilled Pair of Intellectual Property Litigators in DC


WASHINGTON, DC (January 19, 2017) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce the arrival of Nicole M. Jantzi and Paul M. Schoenhard as partners in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. The pair’s arrival in our Washington, DC office builds on the strength of McDermott’s IP litigation offerings, particularly with respect to the Firm’s capabilities in representing clients before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and in post-grant review proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Ms. Jantzi and Mr. Schoenhard join McDermott from another Am Law 100 firm where they focused on patent litigation and representing clients before various US District Courts, the ITC, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Court of Federal Claims, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

“Nicole and Paul bring an impressive array of IP litigation experience,” said Sarah Chapin Columbia, global head of McDermott’s Intellectual Property Practice. “Their skillsets are a great complement to our existing IP capabilities, and we are eager to provide them with a supportive and collegial environment where they can continue to provide top-notch IP counsel to clients across various industries and technology sectors.”

Ms. Jantzi and Mr. Schoenhard regularly serve as lead counsel for technology clients in disputes involving software, semiconductors, consumer products, telecommunications, and Internet-based technologies. Ms. Jantzi earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and her JD from The George Washington University Law School where she was part of the Student Intellectual Property Society. Mr. Schoenhard received his BA in mathematics and computer science from Dartmouth College and his JD from Harvard Law School. Mr. Schoenhard went on to clerk for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Ms. Jantzi and Mr. Schoenhard have represented a number of clients in covered business method (CBM) reviews and inter partes reviews (IPRs) before the PTAB. Their in-depth knowledge of both processes will pair nicely with that of Bernie Knight’s to provide clients with unmatched PTAB capabilities. In addition, the pair has regularly represented clients in disputes before the ITC. Thus, they will join forces with DC-based partner and former ITC employee, Jay Reiziss, to enhance the ITC offerings that McDermott provides its clients across the Firm’s international platform.

About McDermott Will & Emery’s Intellectual Property Practice Group
With approximately 140 lawyers and patent agents, McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice is renowned for its broad trial, appellate, prosecution and transactional experience. Members of the practice hold degrees in a variety of technical and scientific fields and are uniquely capable of handling intellectual property matters across a wide spectrum of industries. Some 110 members of McDermott’s intellectual property team hold technical and/or scientific degrees and nearly 100 are registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). McDermott’s Intellectual Property practice includes numerous lawyers with valuable industry experience as well as former USPTO examiners and petition specialists.

About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Further extending our reach into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

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