Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC
David Foster, Barbara Murphy, James Altman and David Nickel
are delighted to announce the formation of the Washington,
DC law firm of Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC. The
firm will concentrate its practice on representing
complainants, respondents and third-parties in litigation
before the United States International Trade Commission
(ITC) under Section 337 and judicial review and Customs'
enforcement of orders issued thereunder. Such litigation
involves primarily patent, trademark, and copyright
infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets.
The members of the firm, who all were at the law firm of
Miller & Chevalier Chartered, have been active in Section
337 cases for decades. They have litigated in more than
130 Section 337 investigations, more than 15% of all
Section 337 investigations. The members are nationally and
internationally recognized and ranked in Chambers &
Partners, Managing Intellectual Property, Legal 500 and
Best Lawyers. Foster, Murphy, and Altman are each
past-Presidents of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association, and
Nickel is currently a member of its Executive Committee.
Foster indicated that "all of us are excited about
continuing to practice together in our new firm. We think
highly of Miller & Chevalier and the many friends we have
worked with over the years, but found that we were facing
ever increasing conflict issues that were keeping us out of
too many cases." Murphy added "Having our own firm will
minimize the conflicts issue and allow us to continue to
provide the high-level of experience, judgment and
litigation skills in Section 337 matters for which we are
known." The firm looks forward to continuing to partner
with other law firms on Section 337 matters, as they have
in the past, putting together litigation teams that are
both successful and efficient for clients.
For further information, please contact
Barbara A. Murphy.