Willkie Adds Asset Management Lawyer Benjamin Allensworth in Washington

New York, NY (January 25, 2021) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced the addition of Benjamin B. Allensworth, who rejoins the Firm as counsel. Mr. Allensworth will be a member of the Firm’s Asset Management Group, focusing his practice on advising investment advisers, private funds, hybrid regulated fund products (including business development companies), and broker-dealers on regulatory, compliance and transactional matters, and will be based in Washington, DC. He previously served as Managing Director & Counsel for Tax and Finance at the Managed Funds Association (MFA), the leading industry trade organization of the global hedge fund industry, for 13 years. Prior to that, he was an associate in Willkie’s Washington office.

“Ben has a strong regulatory and compliance background and valuable experience representing the alternative investment industry through his work at MFA,” said Margery Neale, Chair of Willkie’s Asset Management Group. “He will be a tremendous asset to our clients navigating new and changing regulations affecting the industry. We are thrilled to welcome him back to Willkie.”

At MFA, Mr. Allensworth focused on analyzing and advocating on regulatory and legislative developments affecting the alternative investment industry. He also counseled asset managers on legislation and regulation, including The Dodd-Frank Act and JOBS Act; ERISA fiduciary rules; SEC standards of conduct and advertising rules; US and EU systemic risk regulatory proposals; EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive; and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, among others. He also advocated for policy initiatives relevant to the industry and regularly testified at congressional and regulatory hearings.

Mr. Allensworth commented: “Willkie has a world-class asset management practice and expansive platform serving a broad range of clients across the industry, which presents a terrific opportunity to expand my practice. I am thrilled to rejoin this team of accomplished practitioners to further enhance Willkie’s capabilities to its clients.”

Before joining MFA in 2007, Mr. Allensworth was a member of Willkie’s Asset Management Group in Washington, DC, where he represented investment advisers, including hedge fund and private equity fund managers, registered investment companies and broker-dealers. He also advised on the organization and offering of alternative investment vehicles, created and reviewed compliance programs for investment advisers and investment companies, provided regulatory advice, and assisted with regulatory investigations.

Mr. Allensworth received a BA from the University of Richmond and a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Willkie’s Asset Management Group of 90+ attorneys provides legal services to a wide array of clients in the asset management industry, including privately owned investment advisers, publicly traded asset management firms, broker dealers, insurance companies and banks, on subjects ranging from operations to fund formations, compliance and regulation. The group’s 250+ clients include funds, advisers and/or independent directors of more than 30 of the world’s most prominent asset management firms with AUM ranging from $4 billion to nearly $7 trillion.


Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 750 attorneys with offices in New York, Washington, Houston, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan and Rome. The Firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue.

Tel: 212.728.8000.

Willkie Expands Technology Litigation Platform with Addition of Prominent Patent Litigators Indranil Mukerji and Stephen Marshall

New York, NY (January 21, 2021) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced the addition of prominent patent litigators Indranil “Indy” Mukerji and Stephen Marshall. They join the Firm as partners in the Intellectual Property and Litigation Departments, with Mr. Mukerji joining as Willkie’s Head of Tech Patent Litigation. Both will be based in Washington, DC. They were previously Principals at the intellectual property boutique Fish & Richardson.

“Our technology platform has expanded tremendously across the firm in recent years, including with the opening of our Palo Alto and San Francisco offices, which serve a growing client base ranging from established tech leaders to startups,” said Firm Chairman Thomas Cerabino. “Indy and Steve are talented and well-established patent litigators with deep experience guiding the world’s leading technology companies through complex patent disputes. Their addition expands our IP capabilities and complements our market-leading technology-focused corporate, M&A and private equity platforms. We are delighted to welcome them to Willkie.”

Thomas J. Meloro, Chair of the Intellectual Property Department, commented: “Patent disputes and PTAB activity are vital to many of our clients, especially in the high-tech sector, which has translated into growing demand for our patent litigation expertise and capabilities. With over 100 patent cases under his belt, including leading some of highest profile cases of the past decade, Indy is a go-to IP trial lawyer, litigator and negotiator for top tech companies. He and Steve are a terrific team who bring a practical, client-focused approach to high-stakes cases. Their impressive track record, stellar reputations and collaborative approach will be valuable additions to our IP practice. They are a natural fit at Willkie.”

With more than two decades of intellectual property experience, Mr. Mukerji is a trial lawyer who handles complex litigation in federal courts and tribunals around the country, including in Texas federal courts (Eastern District and Western District) and at the U.S International Trade Commission. He has represented many of the world’s leading tech companies in high-stakes disputes involving nearly every important aspect of computer and electrical hardware, software, and networking. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Mukerji also drives strategic analysis and counseling for patent portfolios of companies ranging from start-ups to global industry leaders. He has been repeatedly recognized for excellence in publications such as IAM Magazine’s “Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, National Law Journal’s “Minority 40 Under 40,” Lawyers of Color’s “Power 100,” and Best Lawyers.

Mr. Marshall focuses his practice on complex patent litigation and counseling with an emphasis on embedded systems and software, mobile devices and standards, and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies. He also has extensive experience in communications and networking protocols and standards. Mr. Marshall has represented clients before U.S. District Courts around the country, particularly in the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in Section 337 proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

“Willkie is a fantastic platform for patent litigation and technology-focused work, with a stellar reputation across just about every industry, making it an ideal fit for our practice and continued growth,” said Mr. Mukerji. “You don’t see opportunities to drive growth in an international firm of Willkie’s caliber every day, and the opportunity to join the firm at this particular moment was too exciting to pass up.”

“We are thrilled to join such an accomplished and collaborative team, and are looking forward to working with our new colleagues to achieve continued success,” said Mr. Marshall.

Willkie’s Intellectual Property Department represents clients from across the globe in litigation, transactions, counseling, and licensing on issues involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names and trade secrets. Our experience covers most industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biologics, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, medical devices, consumer products, information and financial services, electronic devices, traditional and new media publishing, e-commerce, energy, sports, insurance, and music rights.


Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is an international law firm of approximately 750 attorneys with offices in New York, Washington, Houston, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan and Rome. The Firm is headquartered in New York City at 787 Seventh Avenue.

Tel: 212.728.8000.