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January 29, 2021
Litigation partners Bob Atkins and Liza Velazquez were recognized in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Daily” newsletter January 29 for their successful Second Circuit appeal affirming their trial victory for IBM in a noncompetition dispute with Microsoft and a former IBM executive. The Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s injunction barring the former executive from taking the position he was offered at Microsoft until May 2021—a rare outcome in such cases that earned the Bob and Liza “Litigators of the Week” honors in September.
IBM’s success in the trial court and on appeal was due to the tremendous efforts of Paul, Weiss associates Pietro Signoracci, Crystal Parker, Andrea Keller, Jaynah Ross-Mendoza, Carl Rizzi and Jordan Reeves.
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