Firm Adds IP Litigators Robert Masters and Jonathan DeFosse and
Healthcare Antitrust Partner Bevin Newman
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is pleased to announce that
partners Robert M. Masters, Jonathan R. DeFosse and Bevin M.B. Newman
have joined the firm’s growing Washington, D.C. office.
Masters and DeFosse join the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group
from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Newman joins the
firm’s Antitrust and Competition and Healthcare practices from Jones
Day. These three new partners continue the firm’s successful expansion
in Washington, D.C., which includes the recent additions of former FTC
Deputy Chief Trial Counsel, Tom Dillickrath; FDA/Life Sciences partner
Allison Fulton; and International Arbitration partner Joseph LoBue.
Since January 2018, the office has added 27 attorneys bringing its
presence to 100.
“Expanding our Washington, D.C. presence with superior talent is a key
strategy for us. Rob, Jon and Bevin bring a wealth of knowledge in their
respective practice areas and are great additions to the office and
firm,” said Guy Halgren, Sheppard Mullin’s chairman.
David Douglass, Washington, D.C. office managing partner added, “Rob and
Jon’s extensive experience handling significant IP litigation matters in
courts throughout the U.S. and before the ITC and PTAB and Bevin’s
experience handling high stakes regulatory and investigative matters for
large healthcare organizations, including academic medical centers,
underscores our focus on expanding our core practice groups to broaden
our ability to protect and defend our clients’ valuable IP and advise on
the ever-changing regulatory landscape facing the healthcare industry.
We’re thrilled to have them join us.”
About Sheppard Mullin’s New Washington, D.C. Partners
Robert Masters has served as lead counsel in all phases of patent, trade
secret, copyright and trademark/trade dress litigation matters in
district courts throughout the United States and before the
International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US Patent Trial and Appeal
Board (PTAB). He has represented clients on matters involving a wide
range of technologies, including consumer electronics and semiconductor
design; hardware, software and apps for computers and smartphones;
secured internet/network communications and protocols;
telecommunications; medical devices; financial services and technology
(Fintech); and sporting goods, among others. In addition to his
litigation practice, he regularly advises clients on intellectual
property licensing, negotiations, due diligence investigations,
portfolio management and monetization, counterfeiting issues, best
practices for corporate intellectual property legal departments, and on
intellectual property issues arising in mergers and acquisitions.
Masters earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School
of Law and his B.S. in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania
Jonathan DeFosse focuses on intellectual property litigation involving
clients in automotive technologies, consumer electronics,
telecommunications, website design, cloud computing and medical devices.
DeFosse regularly appears in federal courts throughout the United States
and before PTAB in connection with post-grant review proceedings.
DeFosse also has substantial experience with inter partes review
proceedings, and has represented companies in petitions challenging the
validity of patents concerning light-emitting panel displays, pattern
recognition systems, telematics units, wireless communications systems,
crash avoidance systems, hybrid engines, adaptive cruise control
systems, and tail lights. DeFosse earned his J.D., with highest
honors, Order of the Coif, from The George Washington University Law
School and his B.A. from The University of Toledo.
Bevin Newman is a strategic adviser to globally recognized academic
medical centers and health systems in cutting edge affiliations and
collaborative arrangements. She has substantial experience advising and
defending healthcare providers, payers, and pharmaceutical companies
undertaking significant transactions, including mergers, joint ventures,
intellectual property licenses, and a variety of innovative affiliations
and collaborations. She regularly advocates for clients before the
Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and state attorneys
general on complex antitrust matters. She also has extensive experience
coordinating the merger-control, foreign direct investment (CFIUS) and
regulatory reviews of multijurisdictional transactions for U.S. and
foreign clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, technology and
energy industries. Newman earned her J.D. from Columbia University and
her S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The firm’s Intellectual Property practice includes more than 100
attorneys firmwide; the Antitrust and Competition practice includes more
than 30 attorneys firmwide; and the Healthcare practice includes more
than 150 attorneys firmwide.
About Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Sheppard Mullin is a full-service Global 100 firm with more than 850
attorneys in 15 offices located in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Since 1927, industry-leading companies have turned to Sheppard Mullin to
handle corporate and technology matters, high-stakes litigation and
complex financial transactions. In the U.S., the firm’s clients include
more than half of the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit www.sheppardmullin.com.