David McPhie Elected Partner

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January 2011

Irell & Manella LLP has elected David McPhie to partner.  McPhie, who is resident in the firm’s Newport Beach office, specializes in counseling and litigation in complex intellectual property matters.

“David is a rising star who has demonstrated he can achieve remarkable results for our clients. We are delighted that he chose to pursue his career at the firm, and he has advanced to join the partnership,” said Elliot Brown, managing partner of Irell & Manella.  “We look forward to his continued success.”

McPhie has represented a diverse array of clients in intellectual property litigation at both the trial and appellate stage, and he has counseled clients in patent, trademark and copyright matters.  He was part of the successful trial team in Ultratech Stepper v. ASML, which the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals recognized as one of the top 10 defense verdicts of 2005.  More recently, McPhie represented Novellus Systems, Inc. in a trial victory in Santa Clara County Superior Court where the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict rejecting the plaintiff's claim for approximately $200 million in damages.  He has also prosecuted multiple successful reexamination proceedings before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.  Recognized in the legal community for his work, McPhie has been named a “Rising Star” in intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.

McPhie earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2003, where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and served as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.  He received his A.B. degree magna cum laude in physics from Harvard College.  From 2003 to 2004, McPhie served as a law clerk to current Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. who was then sitting on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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