Before becoming an attorney, Andrei Iancu was an award-winning engineer at Hughes Aircraft. He said he always had an interest in law and decided to go to law school after working at Hughes for four years.
Iancu enrolled at UCLA School of Law in 1993, earning his law degree in 1996. After graduation, he worked as an intellectual property attorney at now-defunct law firm Lyon & Lyon in Los Angeles.
"It was one of the more prominent intellectual property boutiques," he said.
In early 1999, Iancu left Lyon & Lyon to join Irell & Manella in its Los Angeles office. He explained why he made the move:
"There were a variety of reasons; one of them was I wanted to be at a general practice firm," he said. "You have a broader base of collective knowledge at a general practice firm. Plus, I knew, being in the field, that there is an amazing collection here of intellectual property intelligence and creativity."