Alston & Bird has hired a former Manatt, Phelps & Phillips attorney, Yuri Mikulka, to serve as a partner in its intellectual property group in Los Angeles, part of a series of recent California attorney pickups for the firm.

Mikulka, who focuses on digital and consumer technology litigation and counseling, will further boost Alston & Bird’s presence in L.A.

The L.A. growth is part of an effort to “address increasing client demand” across many of the firm’s practice groups, said Thomas Wingard, partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird’s office in the city.

“Yuri is an incredibly well-regarded litigator and exciting addition to our team who opens new opportunities for our clients in resolving mission-critical intellectual property disputes,” he said in a statement.

Mikulka’s hire follows along with Alston & Bird’s recent expansion in California. The firm opened a new office in San Francisco and added nine new litigation attorneys in L.A. in 2017. In 2018, the firm hired several more partners in L.A. and another in San Francisco. Last month, the firm announced it had hired Scott E. Adamson as a corporate partner in L.A. as well.

Mikulka, who has represented a range of companies from startups to the Fortune 100, is “no stranger to high-stakes litigation,” according to Alston & Bird intellectual property practice co-chair Mike Newton.

“She knows that intellectual property is the lifeblood of many companies in the technology, life sciences, and other industries who are threatened with increasingly sophisticated litigation and who want trusted legal advisers and innovative strategies to protect their assets and, when needed, to win these types of lawsuits,” he said in a statement.

Mikulka said she moved to Alston & Bird as the firm is a “stand-out” in IP litigation. “With my clients’ increasing legal needs in this space, Alston & Bird’s lawyers have the breadth of experience and bench strength to best meet my clients’ varied needs in this space,” she said.

“Also, the firm’s California practice is growing, especially in Los Angeles. Being part of an office that’s on the rise and helping to further grow the office and the IP litigation practice in California is an exciting opportunity for me,” she added.