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Mullen named managing partner of MoFo's SD office

James J. Mullen III has been named managing partner of the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster, the firm announced Monday.

He succeeds commercial litigator Mark C. Zebrowski, who has led the firm’s local office since 2006.

“I am honored to succeed Mark, who has done a great job developing our office here in San Diego,” Mullen said. “We have a very strong group of lawyers and a platform of top-notch practices. I will do all I can to assure our continued success in assisting clients with their most important matters.”

Mullen has been with Morrison & Foerster since 2003. His practice includes strategic patent procurement, general counseling on infringement issues, and intellectual property due diligence studies.

He advises clients on their research and inventions in a variety of biotechnology-related areas, including cancer therapeutics and diagnostics, infectious disease therapeutics, small molecule screening protocols, and protection of novel nucleic acid and amino acid sequencing.

Mullen also counsels clients on interference issues and reexamination practices, and he periodically litigates patent disputes.

“Mark has done a marvelous job managing in San Diego during a period of strong growth and we thank him for his hard work and dedication,” said Larren Nashelsky, chair of Morrison & Foerster. “We are fortunate to have a strong leadership bench and are delighted that Jim has agreed to assume the role of managing partner. Our office is firmly established as a leader in the market and we’re confident Jim’s leadership will help assure our continued success.”

This year, Mullen was recognized as a “Life Sciences Star” in the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences 2012. He earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Houston.

Prior to graduate school and law school, he worked in various laboratories at Hybritech Inc. and at Scripps Research Institute.

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