SAN FRANCISCO — Intellectual-property trial lawyer Stephen
Akerley recently joined the San Francisco office of Mintz Levin,
where he will serve as part of the firm’s bicoastal
intellectual-property practice team.
Akerley, who has secured
more than $100 million in settlements in his representation of patent
owners, according to the firm’s website, joined Mintz, Levin, Cohn,
Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., earlier this month as the firm plans
to expand and strengthen its presence on the West Coast, according to
release from the company.
Akerley, who earned his Bachelor
of Science from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor from the
University of San Francisco School of Law, has extensive experience
in representing clients before the International Trade Commission and
in international tribunals, the release said.
that what led to his decision to join Mintz Levin was the firm’s
client-focused approach and views operating an IP practice.
was introduced to Mintz a few months ago and in my discussions with
Mike Renaud, the head of the IP practice, I realized that he and I
shared many views about what a successful IP practice should look
like in 2017,” Akerley told the Northern California Record.
“The landscape has changed dramatically over the last several
years, and Mintz is a very dynamic, entrepreneurial and collegial
environment that is client focused. I also like the fact that Mintz
is a full-service IP practice with a robust IPR practice and a very
talented ITC group in D.C., in addition to its award-winning
district-court trial practice.”
Akerley’s legal defenses
include representing clients who were up against some of the largest
tech companies around the globe, including serving as global lead
counsel for cases involving Hewlett-Packard located in California,
Texas and Germany for patent infringement, which led to a $141
Akerley, who originally planned to focus
on transactional law, became interested in intellectual property
while working as a summer clerk for a small firm.
stumbled into intellectual-property litigation,” he said. “At the
beginning of law school, I wanted to be a transactions lawyer.
However, I ended up taking a summer job after my second year with a
small trial boutique in San Francisco, where one of the partners was
focused on IP ligation.”
“Because the firm was so small, I had significant substantive
responsibility even as a summer clerk and after I won the first
motion that I had written, I was hooked,” he said.
consider myself very lucky because every time I get a new patent case
I have not only the challenge of the litigation from a procedural
standpoint, but I have to learn about the technology, no matter what
the field,” Akerley added.
recognitions include The Legal 500’s top intellectual-property
litigators in Silicon Valley, and the National Law Journal’s Top 40
Under 40 litigators in the United States.