It Could Just Be the Heat …

OK, it’s been a long, hot summer so we may just be delirious.

Or perhaps Paul Hastings actually did something interesting that was non-labor related.

The firm, which is truly magnificent in the labor and employment field is a puzzlement otherwise. Nonetheless, it just hired the outgoing U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, the estimable Tom O’Brien as well as three patent litigation partners from Skadden, including Jeffrey Randall.

Randall is best known for winning a major defense verdict for Sun Microsystems against Versata in the Eastern District of Texas earlier this year. Notably, the case was heard by Judge T. John Ward and Versata was represented by one of the elite IP litigators (and Lawdragon 500 mainstay), Sam Baxter of McKool Smith. an interview with The Recorder, Randall said Skadden isn’t committed to IP and remains an M&A and corporate shop.  Allan Soobert and Jeffrey Pade are also moving to Paul Hastings. Randall is based in Palo Alto and DC, while Soobert and Pade are in DC.

O’Brien, meanwhile, is joining Paul Hastings in LA, where he will assemble a white-collar practice.

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