King & Spalding has recruited John H. Barr, Jr., a commercial litigator who focuses on intellectual property, energy and business litigation, as a partner in its intellectual property practice in the Houston office. Barr joins King & Spalding from Bracewell & Giuliani, where he was a partner and co-head of the intellectual property litigation practice.

“John’s expertise in the energy and technology sectors nicely complements those two designated growth areas of the firm,” said Holmes J. Hawkins III, leader of King & Spalding’s intellectual property practice group. “John will provide a significant boost to our energy-focused IP practice in Houston, and his extensive trial experience in the Eastern District of Texas will be a substantial benefit to our clients around the country, especially our technology clients in California, who often are forced to defend patent infringement suits in that district. We are thrilled to welcome John to the firm.”

Barr’s IP litigation experience includes patent infringement, Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation, trade secret and trademark infringement cases. In addition, he represents energy clients in environmental matters such as claims related to oil and gas development, particularly hydraulic fracturing, and, for the past two decades, has represented clients in a variety of disputes including breach of contract, fraud and tort claims in state and federal courts. Barr also handles international arbitrations in the United States and internationally, and has briefed and argued appeals in a number of state and federal courts. He received a B.A. degree from the University of the South and his J.D. degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Barr said: “King & Spalding’s culture and its platform – especially its strong presence in Houston and in California – presented me with an exceptional opportunity to expand my practice. I am delighted to be part of the King & Spalding team.”


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