Mr. Townsend has played a substantial role in litigating a wide variety of
appellate and trial matters. Mr. Townsend’s intellectual property practice
includes representing pharmaceutical, internet, and other technology companies
in a range of patent and trademark disputes. Mr. Townsend also represents
corporate clients in securities, mass tort, and constitutional litigation. In
addition, Mr. Townsend represents clients in litigation under the Administrative
Procedure Act and provides counseling on accounting regulation.
Representative matters include briefing appeals on behalf of pharmaceutical
patent holders in Hatch-Waxman Act litigation; representing a national hospital
network in appellate litigation resulting in a $60 million reduction in a
punitive damages award; representing broadcasters in proceedings before the
Federal Communications Commission; serving as appellate counsel for the world’s
largest social networking website; representing a for-profit educational company
in an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau;
and briefing a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court
involving class certification issues.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Townsend served as a judicial clerk to the
Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, the
Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the
Third Circuit and the Honorable Harold A. Ackerman of the United States District
Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Townsend also served as an Attorney
Adviser in the United States Department of Justice, National Security Division,
from 2007 to 2009.
Mr. Townsend graduated magna cum laude from the Seton Hall University School
of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. He received
an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Cornell University.
Mr. Townsend is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the
District of Columbia.