Alston & Bird hires McKool tech litigator as partner


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Alston & Bird hires McKool tech litigator as partner

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Alston & Bird has hired McKool Smith tech patent specialist Ted Stevenson as a partner in its Dallas office. 

Stevenson is a first-chair trial lawyer and patent attorney who specialises in IP and competition cases for international telecom and tech companies.

He brings more than 25 years of experience as counsel in patent litigation at district courts and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

John Haynes, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of the firm’s IP litigation group said: “Ted is recognised as one of the country’s foremost patent trial attorneys whose extensive trial experience, litigation skills, and sophisticated, strategic counsel will strengthen our already formidable presence in the courtroom.

“He brings superb credentials and an exceptional track record representing many of the world's leading innovators.”

As one of the leaders in competitive violations in patent licensing, Stevenson has a wealth of experience in the standard-essential patent and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) proceedings.

His list of clients includes Ericsson, Nokia, AT&T and many others in a variety of technology fields including wireless, integrated circuits and enterprise software.

Darren Hauck, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Dallas and Fort Worth offices, said: “Ted is an incredibly well-regarded litigator and exciting addition to our team who opens new opportunities for our clients in resolving mission-critical IP disputes.

“He joins our deep bench of high-calibre litigators and other attorneys as we continue to grow the office to address increasing client demand across a number of our practices, including IP.”

Stevenson is the latest in a line of new hires to the firm’s Texas practice. In 2021, Alston & Bird has welcomed litigation counsel Brandy Manning and corporate counsel Gaye Lentz in Fort Worth.

It also added six new attorneys and three new partners to its Dallas office in September last year.

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