Orwig making transition to private practice

Marilyn Tennissen Aug. 9, 2007, 6:22am

Matt Orwig

After serving in public office for decades, former U.S. Attorney Matt Orwig is easily making the transition to private practice and diving into intellectual property litigation.

As a new partner with the Dallas firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, Orwig is representing Widevine Technologies in a patent infringement suit filed Aug. 1 in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. Orwig served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District for five-and-a-half years before stepping down in June to enter private practice.

In the Widevine suit, the company is alleging that Verimatrix Inc. has infringed on its patent for a process that allows video operators and broadcasters to protect content through encryption over the Internet. The case was filed in Marshall and has been assigned to U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.

Orwig was part of the U.S. Department of Justice for 20 years and in 2001 was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.

As U.S. Attorney, Orwig directed thousands of federal prosecutions and civil cases in a 43-county area stretching from the Red River on Texas' northern border to the Gulf of Mexico. During his tenure, he directed some of the most high-profile prosecutions in the country, including cases targeting public corruption, money laundering, securities fraud, insider trading, health care fraud, international drug trafficking, capital murder and domestic terrorism.

He joined Sonnenschein's new offices in Dallas as national chair of the firm's Government Litigation and Investigations team.

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