February 2, 2018

By Bonnie Eslinger

Buchalter PC has hired Greenberg Traurig LLP’s former global patent litigation group co-chair and two key team members who bring patent and trademark prosecution experience across a span of industries, including computer technology, medical devices and aerospace.

Shareholder J. Rick Taché will serve as the co-chair of Buchalter’s patent litigation group, according to a firm announcement Thursday. He brings with him Erikson Squier and Roger Scott, who were both hired at Buchalter as senior counsel. All three will be based in the firm’s Orange County, California, office.

Adam J. Bass, president and CEO of Buchalter, said the trio were a welcome addition to the firm.

“Adding a highly regarded and elite intellectual property shareholder such as Rick and his team to our patent and litigation groups is reflective of the type of talent we want to attract to properly service our clients,” Bass said in the statement.

Taché, who brings to Buchalter more than two decades of legal experience, has an intellectual property practice focused on patent and trademark litigation, serving the medical device, aerospace and high-tech industries. He also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, licensing, vendor agreements, development agreements, joint ventures and outsourcing agreements, according to Buchalter.

Taché said his practice fits well within Buchalter’s expanding full-service platform.

“I am thrilled to join the firm’s extremely talented patent and litigation teams with a demonstrated ability to serve high-profile clients,” Taché said in the statement.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig in 2012, Taché was a partner with Snell & Wilmer LLP. Previously, he was with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP as of counsel and also served as in-house counsel for aircraft maker McDonnell Douglas Corp., network device services provider Nomadix Inc. and outdoor equipment maker Northpole Ltd.

Taché earned law degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and from the University of Windsor in Canada. He received a master’s degree from Ohio State University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Squier’s work in patent prosecution and litigation matters has involved clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies and technologies involving electrical and computing devices, medical apparatuses, software and business systems, and automotive systems, among others.

Prior to his legal career, Squier worked as an electrical engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand in a variety of capacities, according to Buchalter. He received his law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, and his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Scott’s civil litigation practice has centered on employment litigation, handling matters involving claims of discrimination, breach of contract, defamation, trade secret theft, and wage and hour class actions, according to Buchalter. He has also counseled employers facing harassment complaints and Family and Medical Leave Act and disability leave issues.

He earned his law degree and master’s degree from The Catholic University of America and received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Buchalter’s Orange County office managing partner, Martin P. Florman, said the talents of Taché, Squier and Scott align with the firm’s growth plans and offer Buchalter “the ability to further our goal of providing our clients with exceptional legal services.”

Buchalter is a full-service business law firm with an 80-year history rooted in California. It has offices in Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Orange County, Sacramento, San Francisco, Scottsdale and Seattle.

Source: Law360