Friday, September 23, 2011

Which firms have been disqualified from representing a party in patent litigation?

In addition to tracking the litigation history of a patent or party, Docket Navigator also allows you to gather information about law firms and attorneys. Today’s Question of the Day asks about law firms that have been disqualified from representing a party in a patent case. We’ve answered that question below. (Please note: Disqualification may be based on a variety of facts and circumstances and does not necessarily reflect any failing or wrong-doing by the disqualified firm or attorney.)

Haynes & Boone
Highbury Chapman
Steptoe & Johnson
Howrey (2)
Diehl Servilla
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
DLA Piper (2)
Baker Botts
McKee, Voorhees & Sease
Barnes & Thornberg
Novak Druce & Quigg
Fish & Richardson
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Baker & McKenzie
Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Christiansen
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (2)
Paul Hastings
Morrison & Foerster

While it is interesting to compile a list of disqualified law firms, it is probably even more interesting to compile a list of disqualification orders reflecting judges’ varied approaches to disqualification. Disqualification is one of those issues that is uniquely in the discretion of the district court and effectively unreviewable on appeal. So knowing how a particular judge approaches the question of disqualification, and how that judge has ruled on the issue in the past, could be critical to success on a motion to disqualify. To see how we compiled a comprehensive list of disqualification orders and derived the list of disqualified firms, watch this short video.

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