Ashurst boosts intellectual property offering with new partner hire

International law firm Ashurst has boosted its market-leading intellectual property team with the appointment of Nina Fitzgerald as a partner in its intellectual property practice in Sydney.

Nina’s particular area of focus is patent litigation but she has also acted in a range of intellectual property law matters including in the trade mark, copyright, designs and confidential information areas. Nina joins from Deacons in Hong Kong where she has been since 2015. Prior to joining Deacons, Nina spent eight years with Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia and then Hong Kong where she also focussed on patent litigation.

Lisa Ritson, global head of Ashurst’s IP team, commented:

“Nina’s appointment is a key part of our strategy to continue to invest in our first tier IP practice in Australia and to build the firm’s global intellectual property footprint. Nina is a highly regarded and accomplished practitioner whose outstanding expertise in patent litigation will enhance our leading IP practice and add real value to our clients.”

Co-head of Ashurst’s disputes practice, Lea Constantine, added:

“Nina has significant experience across all areas of IP, with a particular focus in pharmaceuticals and technology, which is a perfect complement to our existing offering. We are delighted to welcome Nina to the team and are confident that she will make a significant contribution in further developing our IP practice in Australia.”

Nina Fitzgerald said:

“Ashurst’s top-tier intellectual property team is internationally renowned for both the quality of its lawyers and exceptional client base so this is the perfect platform for me. I am incredibly excited about joining such an impressive team and look forward to the opportunity to help to grow the IP capability further.”

This appointment follows on from the appointment of IP partner David Wilkinson in Ashurst’s London team and the promotion of Stuart D’Aloisio as partner in the Melbourne IP practice.

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