June 18, 2020

Milbank’s IP Practice and Partners Named in IAM Patent 1000 The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020


Milbank LLP has been recognized in the Silver Band for “Patent Litigation” in IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020 guide for both the New York and California rankings. Litigation and Intellectual Property partners David Gindler, Gary Frischling, Christopher Gaspar, and Errol Taylor were also named as leading patent litigators.

Milbank’s Intellectual Property practice was distinguished for adding a team of former Irell & Manella partners in Los Angeles, including David Gindler and Gary Frischling who have “bedded in well in a top-calibre operation spearheaded out of New York by Christopher Gaspar and Errol Taylor.IAM goes on to say that “[t]he move enhances [Milbank’s] already elevated life sciences practice, while also giving it critical mass on the East and West Coasts to handle the most sophisticated patent suits of any variety.” In describing the team’s dynamic, IAM noted that “All four lawyers are cut from the same cloth, being worldly-wise trial hands with exceptional oral advocacy skills; together, they form a group that [clients say] is ‘unparalleled in its ability to tackle the most multifaceted challenges.’” 

David Gindler and Gary Frischling were described as being able to “sway decision makers with incredibly persuasive arguments” and “mak[ing] a formidable pair.”  Mr. Gindler was further praised as an “extraordinarily gifted attorney who has major gravitas in bet-the-company trials.” “He is a terrific strategist and phenomenal writer, and thinks as quickly on his feet as anyone you’ll see.”

Chris Gaspar was praised by clients as “not just a legal but a business expert, with an incredible depth of industry-specific knowledge. Amazing in every respect, he is a thoughtful, responsive and creative lawyer who uses all available resources to clients’ advantage.” Working primarily in the electrical, semiconductor, computer, fintech and medical device areas, he “pours passion into his cases and can be recommended in a heartbeat.

Errol Taylor was described as “the firm’s pharmaceutical doyen and the sort of ‘thorough and eminently capable’ lawyer who can pull off major wins at trial and at the Federal Circuit that generate huge jumps in share price for the companies he represents.”

The IAM Patent 1000 survey, conducted by Intellectual Asset Management magazine, is a research-based annual guide that provides comprehensive information about best-in-class legal practitioners in prosecution, licensing and litigation, as well as top law firms and attorney firms in 48 of the world’s key jurisdictions (with national and regional rankings for the United States.) When identifying leading firms, factors such as depth of knowledge, market presence, and level of work are all taken into account, in addition to peer and client feedback.