Pennie & Edmonds

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Pennie & Edmonds was a New York City-based boutique law firm that focused on all aspects of intellectual property law. The firm practiced from 1883 until December 31, 2003, when it dissolved.

History[edit]

The firm's dissolution came in the wake of boutique IP firms losing ground to general practice firms – and, perhaps more acutely, the loss of key rainmakers. These were mostly patent litigation partners who took their clients to full-service firms (see book of business).

The departure of rainmaker Jonathan A. Marshall did not bode well for the firm. Marshall, a litigator with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, joined Weil Gotshal & Manges in 2002. With the firm's lease up for renewal and its partners unwilling to personally guarantee it, Pennie & Edmonds began exploring the possibility of a merger with other firms. In the end, the firm's partners voted to dissolve the law firm.

The Palo Alto office joined Philadelphia's Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, while much of the New York office joined Jones Day, a national firm.[1]

Marshall later rejoined another IP boutique firm, Fish & Richardson, which has been rapidly expanding into the General Practice arena.[2]

Former Pennie & Edmonds employees have created a group on Facebook which enables them to stay in touch and schedule reunions. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516745650&ref=profile#/group.php?gid=22002598763

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony Lin, 'Pennie & Edmonds to Close Doors by Year's End', New York Law Journal, December 11, 2003.
  2. ^ Anthony Lin, 'Top Patent Litigator Returns to His Boutique Roots,' New York Law Journal, August 14, 2006.