A LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Brian S. Sullivan | Cincinnati, OH
The department grew as a team in 2015, which included firm mergers with Huddleston Bolen, the IP firm Gifford Krass and Leventhal Law. This increased our footprint in West Virginia, Michigan and San Diego and will allow us to better serve our clients in these locations.
As predicted, large litigation continued to dominate the practice area, including a number of Fortune 500 companies. Local and federal prosecutors continued scrutiny of both individuals and companies. Washington, D.C. litigators William A. Sherman, II and Reed D. Rubinstein gained a significant ruling in the LabMD cybersecurity case.
We’ve also seen the area of IP litigation trending upward. The firm handled a rather significant reversal in the Ohio Willow Wood case, and the merger with Gifford Krass allows us to broaden our extensive services to our IP clients. As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, we look for this trend to continue.
Another area where technology is growing faster than some can adjust is e-discovery. It continues to become a vital part of the litigation process, and courts are less tolerant of those unable or unwilling to adapt to the changing technology of our times. We expect sanctions and other measures to address these shortcomings to increase and become more severe.