Lewis Roca Rothgerber and Christie, Parker & Hale Join Forces
01/04/2016

PHOENIX and LOS ANGELES — Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP and Christie, Parker & Hale LLP announced today they have combined to become Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. The combination brings together two well-respected law firms creating a top-level Intellectual Property practice group with broad industry and technical depth serving clients across the entire spectrum of IP.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s IP attorneys cover all aspects of Intellectual Property procurement, enforcement and defense. Areas of strength include IP licensing, IP strategy, prosecution and litigation for patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, and Internet law and domain disputes.

The firm represents diverse domestic and international clients across all industries, protecting and managing IP portfolios for organizations ranging in size from individual inventors to start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, including some of the world’s most recognizable brands. The combination doubles the firm’s number of dedicated IP attorneys to approximately 80 including litigation expertise, enhancing its ability to successfully guide clients through the complex issues of IP strategy and management.

“This combination creates a best in class IP practice including the full range of intellectual property law,” says Managing Partner Kenneth Van Winkle Jr. “Our depth of talent means that clients can be assured that all of their needs will be met successfully and cost-effectively, with innovative attorneys who protect their clients’ valuable assets and help open new avenues for growth and revenue.”

With nearly 300 lawyers across the firm’s offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie serves major business centers including U.S. Patent and Trademark Office locations in Denver and Silicon Valley, as well as Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

“Our focus is to offer clients a broad array of legal resources for complex matters, with unparalleled client service and quality standards consistent across practices and offices,” adds Van Winkle. “As the new firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, we’re in a unique position to provide an even greater scope of legal services for our clients.”

Known nationally and internationally for IP strategy and portfolio management, Christie Parker & Hale has represented a wide range of technologies including biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, physics, computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering, Internet law and cybersecurity. It also brings expertise in ITC Section 337 proceedings and Inter Partes Review.

“Lewis Roca Rothgerber already had a solid reputation in its core practices of IP, litigation, business transactions, government relations and gaming, especially the substantial litigation experience that our clients need. Both legacy firms share a deep commitment to client service, and this is a seamless fit strategically, culturally and professionally,” says legacy CPH Managing Partner Greg Lampert.

“The synergies created by this combination mean that we have IP expertise in virtually any technical area and talented attorneys across multiple locations that are very complementary to each other,” adds IP Practice Co-Chair Emily Bayton. “It builds on existing strengths and bolsters our ability to serve clients across many different practice areas.”

Art Hasan, co-chair of the expanded IP practice continues, “Combining the two legacy firms creates a robust team in major markets well-known as hubs for innovation. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie offers ‘big firm’ capabilities with value, efficiency and unparalleled technical expertise. Each member of our patent team has a strong background in engineering and sciences which is an important value proposition for clients.”

Michael McCue, an architect of the merger and soft IP litigation lead for the combined firm, says the technical expertise of CPH’s IP team complemented Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s existing soft IP practice. “The combination of soft IP experience with technical expertise and patent prosecution capabilities broadens our appeal to domestic and international clients of all sizes.”

All firm offices remain in their present locations.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP offices are located in the greater Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, ‎Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, Reno, Albuquerque, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County areas. For more information, visit LRRC.com.

About pre-combination Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, a 250-attorney Am Law 200 firm was created following the 2013 combination of Lewis and Roca LLP, a leading law firm in the Southwest founded in 1950 with offices in Phoenix, ‎Tucson, Las Vegas, Reno, Albuquerque and Silicon Valley, and Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, founded in 1903 with ‎‎offices in Denver and Colorado Springs. The firm maintains ‎thriving practices in litigation, ‎intellectual property, insurance, real estate and business transactions, gaming, banking, natural resources and energy infrastructure, religious institutions and more.‎

About pre-combination Christie, Parker & Hale LLP

Established in 1954, Christie, Parker & Hale LLP includes more than 40 lawyers in Los Angeles and Irvine, Calif. devoted exclusively to intellectual property law including patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution; domain name and Internet law; infringement litigation; license drafting and negotiation; and other matters. The firm represents clients before a variety of judicial tribunals and administrative agencies including state and federal courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, the International Trade Commission and the World Intellectual Property Organization.