May 25, 2012

Media Contacts:  Peter Pochna


Wilmington, Del.  (May 22, 2012) -  McCarter & English LLP is pleased to announce that Thomas A. Stevens, Assistant General Counsel, Global IP Litigation, at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and formerly a senior deputy attorney general in Delaware’s Department of Justice, has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Practice.

Mr. Stevens will specialize in Hatch-Waxman patent infringement actions relating to pharmaceutical and  biotechnology products and other litigation matters. He will be based in the firm’s Wilmington office.

“Tom’s broad range of experience managing complex patent litigation for pharmaceutical companies as well as working in private practice and with the attorney general’s office will be a great asset for our clients,” said Michael P. Kelly, a litigator in McCarter’s Wilmington office and chairman of the firm's executive committee. “He’s an exceptional lawyer and experienced litigator whom I have known for a long time, and I’m pleased to have him join the firm.”

At AstraZeneca, Mr. Stevens served as senior legal manager of the company’s ANDA patent litigation cases and other cases involving the company’s best-selling drugs in the United States, Canada, and other global markets. He previously served as a senior patent litigation counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, and he worked in the patent litigation group at Connolly, Bove, Lodge & Hutz LLP.

During his time with Delaware’s Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Stevens served in several positions, including  deputy attorney general in the Trial Unit, unit head of the Litigation & Enforcement Unit, and Director of the Consumer Protection Unit. He led numerous complex criminal prosecutions, including white-collar crime,  consumer fraud, deceptive trade, and antitrust matters, in which he  managed teams of deputies attorney general and investigators.

“McCarter’s elite IP group, combined with its wide range of other services, provides an excellent platform for building a patent  litigation practice,” Mr. Stevens said. “Having  worked with many McCarter attorneys  during my years at AstraZeneca and elsewhere,  I have found them to be among the best in the business.”

Mr. Stevens has a JD from Widener University School of Law, an MBA in Finance from Drexel University and a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Intellectual Property/Information Technology Practice

McCarter & English's full IP group has more than 75 intellectual property and information technology lawyers and patent agents, including more than 20 with Ph.D.s. The group was recently ranked among the nation's top ten IP practices by Law360 Litigation Almanac, according to the number of patent cases in which it is counsel. Chambers USA guide, considered the premier survey of law firms nationwide, has recognized the IP practice group as among the best in the country.

About McCarter & English

McCarter & English, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions.  Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington.


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