Mintz Levin Further Expands West Coast Presence with Addition Of Three Members

01.12.2012 - San Diego, CA

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has announced a significant expansion of the firm’s San Diego office with the addition of Raj Tanden, Howard N. Wisnia, and James P. Conley. Mr. Tanden is joining the firm’s Corporate and Securities and Tax Sections as a Member. Mr. Wisnia and Mr. Conley will be joining as Members in the firm’s Intellectual Property Section, focusing on IP litigation.

“As accomplished attorneys in corporate, tax and intellectual property, Raj, Howard, and Jim each bring a unique expertise that will add to our capabilities in these areas, and a combined experience that will strengthen our presence in the region,” said Eddie Wang Rodriguez, Managing Member of the firm’s San Diego office and a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. “Over the course of five years, Mintz Levin has established a formidable presence in the San Diego market, attracting numerous talented attorneys and becoming an integral part of the area's vibrant life sciences, corporate, intellectual property and technology communities. We are thrilled to have Raj, Howard and Jim join us.”

Mr. Tanden will practice in the firm’s Los Angeles and San Diego offices. His experience includes work in the corporate transaction practice in the private equity/fund formations area. He advises clients on U.S. and global corporate and tax matters relating to private equity, capital markets and financial instruments, joint ventures, bankruptcy, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs, credit transactions, and real estate transactions. He also assists clients with state and local tax matters, controversies, executive compensation, tax due diligence and general tax planning.

Mr. Tanden is the Chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section Investment Management Committee. He earned his B.S. cum laude from the University of Southern California Leventhal School of Accounting, his J.D from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and his LL.M. from the New York University School of Law.

Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Mr. Wisnia led the San Diego IP Practice Group for an international law firm focusing his practice on litigating intellectual property disputes and counseling clients on patent and trademark issues. He has significant IP litigation experience in a variety of fields including medical devices, the financial industry, telecommunication and semiconductors. He also counsels clients in IP licensing and pre-litigation avoidance.

Mr. Wisnia earned his B.S.E.E and J.D. from George Washington University.

Mr. Conley is an experienced intellectual property litigator focusing on patent litigation. He also advises clients on a range of issues including patent and trademark portfolio development, licensing, opinions and due diligence relating to mergers, financing and IPOs. Mr. Conley regularly works with clients in the mechanical, electrical and software disciplines, with specific emphasis on medical devices and cleantech.

Mr. Conley received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin.

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