Press Release

Two New Partners Join Morrison & Foerster's New York Office


Rory Radding is an intellectual property trailblazer who founded IP section of NY state bar; Michael Miller leads complex civil litigation and antitrust matters in U.S. and abroad

New York (November 3, 2004) -- Morrison & Foerster LLP has added two senior attorneys to its New York office, bolstering its already strong intellectual property, biotechnology, and antitrust and commercial litigation practices.

Rory J. Radding, an accomplished intellectual property litigator and IP advisor to global companies, will head the IP/Patent Group of Morrison & Foerster's New York office. He was a long time senior partner with well-known IP boutique Pennie & Edmonds and the chair of that firm's consulting practice group. Michael B. Miller is an experienced antitrust lawyer and commercial litigator, with particular expertise in representing clients involved in large international business transactions; he joins from Sullivan & Cromwell.

"We're clearly playing to our strengths by bringing in Rory and Mike, since this office is already known for its litigation and IP strengths," said Karen L. Hagberg, managing partner of Morrison & Foerster's New York office and herself a litigator who focuses on IP and antitrust matters. "Additionally, we expect that their experience in cross-border work for global businesses will be a resource for our existing international client base, which includes large European and Asian concerns." Morrison & Foerster chair Keith Wetmore added: "As we continue to grow our New York office with diverse litigation talent and experience, it is a pleasure to welcome Rory Radding and Mike Miller to the firm. Rory's expertise in multiple technology matters, and Mike's depth in U.S. and European competition law, add to these strong practice areas at the firm." Radding / Miller -- Backgrounds

Rory J. Radding, has been a patent litigator and intellectual property counselor for more than 25 years. A former pharmaceutical chemist, he has litigated extensively in major patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases, in the courts and before U.S. and international agencies. He acted as appellate counsel in the $1.2 billion jury case, Litton Systems, Inc. v. Honeywell, Inc. and in the $70 million jury patent case of Celeritas Technologies, Inc. v. Rockwell International Corp.

He also successfully tried a case of first impression concerning gray-market goods before the United States International Trade Commission; the decision he won there created precedent and sent ripples throughout the IP world.

Mr. Radding also conducts IP audits and advises businesses on the creation and implementation of strategies to protect and exploit their IP assets. He has developed global IP strategies for several leading companies in the telecommunications and banking sectors.

"Morrison & Foerster has capabilities that extend through all parts of intellectual property practice," said Mr. Radding. "This is an opportunity for me to continue to develop my IP practice in traditional and non-traditional matters, while helping expand the IP group for a firm with an international footprint in IP and general litigation."

Mr. Radding noted that Morrison & Foerster's prominence in Japan and Asia was a major attraction to the firm. He has advised numerous Japanese businesses, including Kirin, the pharmaceutical manufacturer and brewery, and Denso Corporation, a world leader in automobile parts and technology. U.S. clients have included leading manufacturers of consumer electronics such as Panasonic, along with established food and wine companies such as Driscoll Strawberry and Turley Wine Cellars.

Mr. Radding was the founding chairman of the New York State Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section and created its Internet Committee; he is active in a large number of local and international IP law organizations, including the Inter Pacific Bar Association.

He received an A.B. in Chemistry from Hamilton College (1971), and his J.D. from the Albany Law of Union University in 1975; he is on the advisory board of the Science and Technology Law Center of Union University.

Michael B. Miller has an active antitrust and commercial litigation practice, with broad experience representing clients engaged in large, complex mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. He has represented clients before federal and state enforcement agencies in the US and the European Commission, and before the federal and state courts, including in connection with some of the best known recent "blockbuster" deals in the aluminum, pharmaceutical, banking, energy, consumer electronics and consumer products industries. He also regularly counsels clients with respect to potential US antitrust and EC competition law issues arising out of proposed business transactions. Mr. Miller spent six years practicing in London and has particular experience representing clients involved in global businesses.

"As the recent headlines and press coverage demonstrate, antitrust law has become, and will continue to be, a daily part of doing business around the world," said Mr. Miller. "This is particularly so with respect to many of the technology-intensive industries in which Morrison & Foerster plays such a prominent role. And, of course, Morrison & Foerster has one of the world's best litigation franchises. I'm looking forward to becoming part of Morrison & Foerster's leading litigation, M&A, business counseling and intellectual property practices."

Mr. Miller also has an active commercial litigation and investigation practice, including recent work on behalf of a publicly traded investment trust in the United Kingdom engaged in litigation in the New York state courts; a large health care company in a class action shareholder suit; an individual in connection with related criminal, regulatory and congressional investigations arising out of the Enron collapse; and the independent directors of a family of mutual funds in connection with recent investigations and pending litigation in that industry.

Mr. Miller received an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1987, his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1990, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in EC Competition Law from Kings College, London, in 1997. He frequently speaks and writes on antitrust issues, and is active in the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section, serving as the Co-Chair of the Section's Corporate Counseling Committee.




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