BakerHostetler Expands Chicago Market with Strategic IP and Litigation Hires

Craig White, John Letchinger, Doug Rupert Join Firm

Press Releases / February 25, 2014

CHICAGO, February 25, 2014 — BakerHostetler is proud to announce the addition of five attorneys in the firm’s Chicago office. Craig White, John Letchinger, and Douglas Rupert join as partners of the firm, along with counsel Matt Caccamo and associate Derek Campbell. White and Caccamo join the firm’s Litigation group, while Letchinger, Rupert and Campbell join the Intellectual Property Group. They come to BakerHostetler from Edwards Wildman.

With the addition of a Chicago office in 2009, BakerHostetler expanded its presence in the Midwest and its capabilities in key legal areas of commercial litigation, healthcare, employment and corporate work. The firm’s Chicago-based attorneys handle a variety of complex legal matters for companies headquartered in—or with business interests in—this robust market. This announcement closely follows BakerHostetler’s recent combination with national Intellectual Property firm Woodcock Washburn, a merger that added nearly 70 IP attorneys and three new offices to BakerHostetler’s national profile.

“Craig and Matt are a welcome addition to the firm’s nationally recognized trial practice ,” said W. Ray Whitman, national chair of BakerHostetler’s Litigation Group. “Their courtroom experience will provide added depth to our already deep bench of trial lawyers."

John H. Weber, the national chair of BakerHostetler’s Intellectual Property Group added: “With the addition of John, Doug and Derek in Chicago, our practice has another new market to call home.”

“These hires send a significant message about our capabilities as a national law firm with a strong and strategic presence in the Chicago market,” said Ronald S. Okada, partner-in-charge of BakerHostetler’s Chicago office. "We are very happy to be adding IP litigation and core patent expertise to the Chicago office, as well as expanding our talented group of trial lawyers."

Craig White is a high-stakes trial litigator with broad experience in general business matters, such as securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and bad faith, and consumer fraud and unfair competition. He has significant experience in the banking, real estate, and private equity sectors, where his clients include banks, bank holding companies and trusts, as well as directors, officers, and trustees. He is a respected litigator in both federal and state courts. At Edwards Wildman, he served as Litigation Department national Co-Chair; while at legacy firm Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, LLP, he served as national Litigation Department Chair. White earned his J.D. from Indiana University, magna cum laude, in 1977, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and his B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, in 1974.

Also joining the Litigation Group as counsel is Matt Caccamo. Caccamo is a litigator with experience in a wide array of commercial disputes, including contract claims, consumer class actions, employment litigation, toxic tort and product liability claims, and mass tort claims. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004 and a B.A. in History & Government, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2001.

John Letchinger is an intellectual property partner and accomplished trial attorney who handles IP and related commercial disputes, including patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright infringement; breach of license, contract and restrictive covenant; and unfair competition, false advertising, electronic commerce, and data security cases. He regularly represents industry-leading manufacturers, marketing companies, and retailers in a wide range of complex disputes. He has served as national IP counsel to a Fortune 500 retailer, including serving as lead counsel in over a dozen patent infringement cases and providing counsel on general IP and advertising, marketing, privacy issues, and complex commercial matters. His significant trial experience includes many cases in district and appeals courts across the U.S. At Edwards Wildman, he served as IP Department national Co-Chair; he also served as Chair of the IP Department at legacy firm Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, LLP. Letchinger earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 1991 and a B.S. in Speech Communications from Northwestern University in 1988.

Doug Rupert is a patent attorney with an electrical engineering background and experience in all manners of IP law on behalf of Fortune 500 clients. He has a particular focus on tech transfer, licensing matters, and IP divestiture. While he was Senior IP Counsel in the mobile devices unit of Motorola, he served as a legal advisor and lead counsel for technology transactions and licensing agreements. In addition to his in-house experience at Motorola, Rupert also served as a patent examiner with the US Patent and Trademark Office during the early days of commoditized mass storage and networking technology. He also assists clients with strategy aspects of their portfolios for business units and product lines. Rupert earned his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1997 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1994.

Patent prosecution associate Derek Campbell has a software engineering background and received his J.D. from DePaul in 2010, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Denison University in 1999.


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