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United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

John Keville heads Winston & Strawn LLP’s group from Houston, where Sheryl Falk is also noted. The team assists clients such as Walmart, Yahoo! and Logitech with contentious matters involving breaches of restrictive covenants, unfair competition and data theft. Dallas-based Thomas Melsheimer, who joined the firm from Fish & Richardson P.C., led a team which obtained a favorable judgment for the defendants in a billion-dollar jury trial in Tech Pharmacy Services, LLC v Alixa Rx LLC, et al.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Within: Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘responsive, fully resourced and compassionate’ team is jointly led by ‘true incident response expertSheryl Falk in Houston and Steven Grimes and Robert Newman in the Chicago office; Grimes rejoined the firm in 2017 from an in-house role. The firm’s recently formed global privacy and data security task force handles privacy and data security counseling, trade secret protection, cyber investigations, class action litigation and international data protection, and also builds on the firm’s ‘exceptional’ marketing practice to advise a variety of brands and agencies. In a recent highlight, Falk defended a former employee of Apache in an investigation alleging insider data theft; she also acted for an insurance company in a data breach claim and advised a healthcare client on establishing privacy policies and data breach response procedures. Newman’s work includes creating policies and procedures for a startup and assisting a golf company with GDPR compliance. Liisa Thomas joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in 2017.

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