Paul Hastings Lawyers Named Law360 IP and Hospitality MVPs

November 13, 2015

Naveen Modi, Gerald Flattmann, and Rick Kirkbride have each been named Law360 2015 MVP award winners. Naveen Modi and Gerald Flattmann were recognized as IP MVPs for their wins in two inter partes reviews (“IPR”) related to biotechnology company Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.’s flagship drug Ampyra — a treatment that helps improve walking in people with Multiple Sclerosis. Law360 also noted Mr. Flattmann’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) win for Galderma Laboratories—in the first-ever successful defense of a pharmaceutical patent in an IPR—and Mr. Modi’s PTAB win for Merck involving the pharmaceutical company's patent for Emend, an anti-nausea drug used during chemotherapy.

Rick Kirkbride was recognized as a Hospitality MVP for his representation of Carey Watermark in nearly $1 billion in hotel acquisitions, Korean Air Lines in its $1 billion purchase of the Intercontinental Hotel and an office tower in downtown Los Angeles, and the $805 million sale of New York’s iconic Palace Hotel to Hotel Lotte.

Law360 reviewed more than 850 submissions for their MVP awards, selecting attorneys with “successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters” as this year’s MVPs.

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