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Baker Botts Continues to Expand West Coast IP Practice with Addition of Prominent Partner


SAN FRANCISCO, December 14, 2020 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international technology, energy and life sciences law firm, announced today that leading IP and California-based lawyer Ted Chandler has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property Department.

“Ted’s addition to the firm will bolster our world-class IP platform as we continue to meet the needs of our technology and life sciences clients and expand our deep bench of capabilities on the West Coast,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner John Martin. “Ted’s exceptional background and experience will help us stay ahead of key industries that are rapidly evolving.”

Mr. Chandler, who joins the firm from Sidley Austin, is a seasoned IP litigator with more than 20 years of patent counseling experience, including patent, copyright and trade secret litigation. He handles cases involving software, electronics and medical devices for clients in the technology and life sciences sectors. He has tried cases in federal court and the International Trade Commission (ITC) and appealed cases to the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit. Mr. Chandler is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent Office, where he handles challenges to the validity of patents in reexaminations and Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings in parallel to litigation.

“We are excited to welcome Ted to the firm,” said Rob Scheinfeld, Chair of Baker Botts’ IP Department. “His wealth of trial and litigation experience will help us continue our strategic growth. Based on his case load and following, we know he will hit the ground running.”

Mr. Chandler’s arrival comes on the heels of the addition of first-chair patent and IP trial lawyer Pete Kang, who joined Baker Botts’ Palo Alto office in September from Sidley Austin. In August, Christopher Palermo, founding and named partner of the IP boutique Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham L.L.P., also joined the firm’s Palo Alto office. Baker Botts’ San Francisco office welcomed tax partner Will Gorrod in February and litigation partner Chris Rillo in November bringing the total lateral hires on the West Coast to five in 2020.

Mr. Chandler earned a B.S.E. undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Princeton University, summa cum laude, in 1997. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 2001, he clerked for William G. Young of the U.S. District Court in the District of Massachusetts.

Baker Botts provides a large team of focused and technically trained intellectual property lawyers who work with clients to provide creative solutions for their toughest challenges across every industry and technology. With over 200 attorneys and patent professionals dedicated to IP from coast to coast and across the globe, Baker Botts has one of the largest and most highly regarded IP practices of any general practice law firm. Its lawyers collectively hold over 240 scientific and technical degrees, including over 20 PhDs.

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