Drawn to Its ‘Entrepreneurial’ Culture, Porter Hedges Patent Litigator Moves to Spencer Fane

Spencer Fane has hired two Porter Hedges intellectual property lawyers in Austin and Houston, led by partner Erick Robinson, who said the Am Law 200 firm is a good fit for his plaintiff’s patent practice, which often uses litigation funders. Describing himself as a “square peg in a round hole” at Porter Hedges, Robinson said his trial practice is “sort of a niche within a niche within a niche” due to the litigation funding and the related need to thoroughly conduct due diligence before taking on a patent client. Read more.

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Former US state Chief Disciplinary Counsel Mark Dubois test drives Ryval, a new technology platform that plans to sell digital shares in lawsuits, and shares his prediction that “ethical investing in litigation” is the next logical step in the industry’s evolution.

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