Intellectual Property powerhouse Latham & Watkins has had much occasion of late to toast attorney Max Grant: the Navy SEAL-turned-attorney secured a jury verdict of almost $185 million for Latham client C.R. Bard (over defendant W.L. Gore, for infringing on a Teflon-based vascular graft). Post-trial motions recently garnered Bard nearly $371 million in compensatory damages, plus attorneys’ fees of $19 million and pre-judgement interest of $20 million.
Mr. Grant formerly served in Panama, Honduras and Colombia as a SEAL, fighting drug traffickers. His work is arguably more tame as Latham’s Global IP co-chair, and co-lead (with Steve Cherny, lately of Kirkland Ellis) on the Gore case.
Mr. Grant is known for carrying a full-sized skull-and-crossbones flag with him to every trial and planting it in his strategy room to establish a “battleground mentality” among his lawyers.