King & Spalding adds Steinthal and Wetzel to West Coast IP practice


steinthalk.jpgLaw firm King & Spalding has recruited Kenneth Steinthal [left] as partner and Joseph Wetzel as counsel in its San Francisco office.

Steinthal and Wetzel join from Greenberg Traurig LLP's San Francisco office, where Steinthal was co-head and Wetzel was a founding attorney. Before joining Greenberg, both practiced at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP, where Steinthal was co-head of the firm’s IP and media practice.

Steinthal’s practice focuses on IP matters related to the distribution of audio and audio-visual content. He also counsels clients on copyright, music rights and Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbour issues.

Wetzel specialises in media licensing, copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret and false advertising litigation.

joseph-wetzel2.jpg“The addition of Kenny and Joe [left] is another important step in the continued growth and expansion of our IP practice,” said Holmes Hawkins III, leader of King & Spalding’s IP practice.

“Kenny is an outstanding litigator whose great experience and skills – particularly in handling trials and appeals in the copyright and ‘new media’ pace – will contribute greatly to our efforts in the Bay area, across the US and internationally. Joe’s experience second-chairing and managing cases gives us valued strength in this important practice area,” added Donald Zimmer Jr, managing partner of King & Spalding’s San Francisco office.

Steinthal and Wetzel’s arrival takes King & Spalding’s West Coast IP team up to 16 lawyers and patent agents. The firm has 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

“King & Spalding has an internationally-recognised intellectual property practice and is a firm on the upswing in California. The opportunity to continue to develop my practice here and join a group of such talented lawyers was a natural  decision for me,” said Steinthal.

King & Spalding, Joseph Wetzel, Kenneth Steinthal, San Francisco