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New York-Based Partner Robert Scheinfeld Named Co-Chair of Baker Botts’ Globally Recognized Intellectual Property Department


NEW YORK, August 12, 2019 – Robert Scheinfeld, former Partner-in-Charge of Baker Botts’ New York office and head of the firm’s New York IP section for more than 15 years, has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He joins Dallas IP partner Bart Showalter as Department Co-Chair, and will assume the role of sole Chair on January 1, 2020.

Mr. Scheinfeld was a member of the firm's Executive Committee from 2008 to 2014, the firm's New York IP Department Chair from 2003 to 2018, and the New York Partner-in-Charge from 2014 to 2019. He is a first-chair patent trial attorney with 35 years of experience. His litigation and trial representations have received numerous favorable published and unpublished district court, International Trade Commission (ITC) and Federal Circuit decisions.

“Rob is a proven leader,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner John Martin. “He is a tremendous developer of talent and champion of diversity and growth, as he demonstrated as Partner-in-Charge of the New York office for over five years and as head of the New York IP section for more than 15 years. He is a highly regarded IP lawyer, particularly in the New York market, where we continue to concentrate our growth efforts.”

“I am excited to continue the impressive momentum that Bart helped create as IP Department Chair,” Mr. Scheinfeld said. “The IP practice has long been a foundation of Baker Botts. I look forward to continuing to advance the strategic growth and reputation of our IP practice as we advise many of the most prominent technology and life sciences companies on their most important IP matters.”

Mr. Showalter was named IP Department Chair in 2007. He will work closely with Mr. Martin on a range of important strategic firmwide initiatives, continue to expand the firm’s client relationships, mentor lawyers and serve in an advisory capacity to Mr. Scheinfeld on IP departmental matters.

With more than 180 IP lawyers and patent professionals holding over 220 technical degrees, Baker Botts has an incredibly deep bench of practitioners with a wealth of experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution, IP-related transactions and post-grant proceedings.

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