Henry Lebowitz, Leading Corporate IP Lawyer, Joins Debevoise

28 March 2017

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced that Henry Lebowitz has joined the firm as a partner in New York and a member of the Corporate Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Lebowitz’s practice will focus on IP and technology aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financings and capital markets as well as data licensing, healthcare and life sciences licensing, joint ventures and other IP transactions.

Mr. Lebowitz has advised companies on complex transactions, litigation, portfolio development and other IP matters in an array of industries. He also regularly assists clients in evaluating patents, trademarks and other intellectual property, developing effective IP portfolios, assessing the merits of IP-related litigation and other disputes and implementing strategies to avoid or favorably resolve such disputes. He was formerly a partner at Fried Frank, where he headed the firm’s Technology Transactions practice.

“We are delighted to welcome Henry to Debevoise,” said Michael W. Blair, the firm’s Presiding Partner. “His experience as both a corporate lawyer, focusing on IP, and as a patent litigator builds on our existing capabilities and will provide added value to our clients on IP matters, including transactions.”

“IP and IT increasingly are important to global businesses. Henry’s arrival will enhance our ability to serve our clients on the challenging IP matters that our clients encounter,” said Jeffrey Cunard, head of the firm’s Corporate Intellectual Property Group and Managing Partner of its Washington, D.C. office. “His experience and substantive IP know-how will strengthen our capabilities to provide advice across a broad range of IP issues, including in the healthcare, life sciences, financial services and software sectors and in patent-related matters.”

Mr. Lebowitz is a lecturer at Columbia University School of Law, where he has co-taught the advanced patent law seminar since 1997. Since 2012, he also has taught an IP legal practice workshop at the law school.

Prior to joining Fried Frank in 2004, Mr. Lebowitz was an IP litigator at Pennie & Edmonds, where he became a partner in 2002. From 1995 to 1996, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Raymond C. Clevenger III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. From 1990 to 1992, he worked as a patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, examining patent applications in the fields of digital error correction, computer reliability and business methods and systems.

Mr. Lebowitz earned a J.D. in 1995 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a James Kent Scholar, recipient of the Carroll G. Harper Prize in Intellectual Property and a member of the Law Review. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1989.

“I am excited to join Debevoise,” Mr. Lebowitz said. “Having worked opposite the firm, I have seen firsthand the quality of Debevoise’s corporate and IP lawyers, as well as the collaborative culture for which the firm is also known. I look forward to hitting the ground running.”

Debevoise’s Corporate Intellectual Property Group represents clients that own, license, sell, purchase and develop all types of intellectual property and technology. The group represents clients across the technology, financial services, telecommunications, private equity, entertainment, fashion, sports, alcohol and beverage, hospitality, pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, insurance and manufacturing industries, working with them to enhance, protect and monetize intellectual property and use information technology in traditional and new businesses.

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