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Ex-BigLaw Attorneys at MoloLamken Add Patent Appellate Win to String of Supreme Court Victories

Not quite two years after leaving BigLaw to form their own boutique, two former partners are celebrating a string of noteworthy victories.

Helped by referrals from their former firms, as well as other major partnerships, Steven Molo and Jeffrey Lamken have a book of business that gives them at least as much high-profile work as they used to have at Shearman & Sterling and Baker Botts, reports Thomson Reuters.

Lamken, who also previously worked as an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, led MoloLamken to victory in three U.S. Supreme Court cases during the last term, the article notes. Meanwhile, the firm, which also does high-profile criminal work with the help of Molo, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago, has grown to 13 attorneys.

Their list of big wins expanded last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit set new standards for what constitutes inequitable conduct under patent law. In doing so, it adopted much of the language from briefing by John Whealan of George Washington University and the firm.

“We have a great mix of civil and criminal cases-the stuff we did at our old firms,” Molo tells the legal publication. “There’s been no change in the quality of our cases. If anything, we’ve been able to expand the kinds of cases we’re able to handle.”

Additional and related coverage: “Appellate Practice Head at Baker Botts is Leaving to Form Boutique” “Winston & Strawn Litigator Says He Jumped to Boutique Partly Because of Its Alternative Fees”

Thomson Reuters: “HCP fails to overturn $101 million verdict–and now faces punies”

Thomson Reuters: “Happy with Therasense ruling? Thank GW prof John Whealan”

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