San Diego's Anthony Insogna has been appointed co-chair of Jones Day's global intellectual property practice, the firm announced Tuesday.
Insogna, who has been partner-in-charge of the San Diego office, will help lead a group of more than 300 attorneys worldwide, beginning Jan. 1.
"It's a pretty diverse and large practice group with a significant international component," he said. "It's going to be somewhat challenging and interesting at the same time.
"The diversity in the types of practice and types of technology and different laws in the different countries is going to be part of the challenge."
Robert Brewer, meanwhile, will take over as partner-in-charge in San Diego.
Insogna has led the San Diego office since it was opened by Jones Day in 2004.
He's been recognized as one of top intellectual property attorneys in California, where he serves as chief patent counsel to a wide array of emerging companies. He's also a trusted IP counsel to some of the most successful life sciences companies in the nation.
"Anthony is terrific lawyer who is a next-generation leader in the firm," said Stephen Brogan, managing partner of Jones Day. "The firm clients that he has acted for have afforded him experience in protecting and advancing intellectual property rights around the globe. That experience coupled with Anthony's exceptional personal character and qualities make him an easy choice for broader responsibility in the firm."
Insogna's daily practice includes patent strategy for multi-million dollar to multi-billion dollar medicines, IP due diligence for major M&A transactions and patent litigation.
"It's certainly an honor (to be appointed co-chair), and I'm humbled by it," he said. "Jones Day has a lot of talented lawyers throughout the world."
In his new position, Insogna will assist with the recruiting and business development of the IP practice group as well as planning its strategy moving forward.
Under Insogna's leadership during the past six-plus years, the San Diego office has grown from a single lawyer and administrative assistant to more than 35 lawyers.
He said handing the reins over to Brewer will make for a smooth transition.
Brewer is no stranger to law firm management. He was the managing partner of McKenna Long & Aldridge's San Diego office for 17 years.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I'll be in charge of a marvelous group of professionals who are highly motivated. I look forward to continue the recruitment and growth of this office."
Brewer is widely recognized as a leading white-collar crime and government investigations attorney in the region. He represents clients in defense of wage and hour/employment class actions, civil and criminal fraud, professional negligence, business and commercial torts and contracts, securities and shareholder derivative suits, health care fraud, and contract and intellectual property disputes.
As a former state and federal prosecutor, Brewer handled cases involving espionage, bank robberies, distribution of narcotics and civil rights violations.
"Bob is one of the most accomplished trial lawyers in the country," Brogan said. "His integrity in his dealings with the courts, our clients and our adversaries sets a standard for all lawyers to measure themselves."
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