1 November, 2023— Buchalter is proud to announce the addition of two new Shareholders in San Diego – Jose L. Patiño and Craig Nickerson have joined the firm. Patiño joins Buchalter’s Intellectual Property and Litigation practice groups, while Nickerson joins the Labor & Employment practice group.
“We are delighted to welcome Joe and Craig to Buchalter,” said Adam Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Their extensive experience and outstanding achievements are a testament to our ongoing commitment to providing exceptional legal services to our clients. We are confident that they will make significant contributions to the firm and enhance our position as a leader in the legal industry.”
A distinguished patent litigator with extensive experience in high-stakes intellectual property disputes, Patiño has successfully argued cases before the courts in 20 different states. His expertise also extends to patent litigation-specific proceedings, including appearances before the International Trade Commission, where he has consistently demonstrated his prowess as special intellectual property counsel in US Bankruptcy Court. Throughout his career, Patiño has represented an array of prominent companies in various industries, including Atos, Dassault Systèmes Simulia Corporation, ESET, General Motors, Kyocera Corporation, and Lumen Technologies, Inc.
“I am excited to bring my passion for patent litigation and my dedication to delivering exceptional legal services to Buchalter.” said Patiño. “I look forward to contributing to the firm’s continued growth and success in the intellectual property and litigation practice areas.”
Nickerson’s practice primarily centers around litigation, with a strong focus on representing and defending employers in cases related to wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour matters, breach of contract, and other employment-related claims.
His expertise extends to advising and counseling employers on various employment-related issues, including personnel matters, termination, reductions in force, accommodations, and wage & hour compliance. He is also known for his work in conducting internal and external investigations, preparing employee handbooks, arbitration agreements, and company policies, as well as delivering training on a range of employment-related topics.
Nickerson commented, “I am thrilled to be a part of Buchalter’s dedicated team of legal professionals and to contribute to the firm’s renowned Labor & Employment practice. I am committed to providing top-notch legal counsel to our clients and look forward to building on the firm’s exceptional reputation.”
This year, Buchalter’s San Diego office celebrates its fifth anniversary serving the San Diego business community. The office opened its doors in 2018, and has since grown to include over 60 attorneys and 30 support staff.
“As the firm celebrates 90 years in operation and five years in San Diego, we take pride in the strong foundations we’ve built and the exceptional quality of service we consistently provide to our valued clients. Buchalter is one of the largest and fastest growing firms in San Diego, and this milestone reinforces our dedication to strategic growth and innovation,” added Bass.
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