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Cooley Bulks Up With Another Three Wilson Hires

Cooley Bulks Up With Another Three Wilson Hires

By Joyce Cutler, Bloomberg BNA Cooley LLP is adding three partners from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC to strengthen its core corporate practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 900-lawyer Cooley hired emerging growth specialists Jon Avina, Calise Cheng, and Rachel Proffitt. Avina and Cheng are based in Palo Alto, Calif., and Proffitt

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Alston & Bird Opens Office in San Francisco, Expands in L.A.

Alston & Bird is expanding its wingspan with a new San Francisco office and new hires from Reed Smith in Los Angeles focusing on class actions. Robert “Bo” Phillips, who led Reed Smith’s class action team, and Michael Agoglia, former Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office managing partner and co-chair of the financial services litigation

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In-House Lawyers Should Watch Their Law Firms in Court, Judges Say

In-house counsel and company executives who can make decisions need to attend hearings to see what they’re getting for their legal fees, patent judges said. Judges told Silicon Valley patent lawyers that in-house attorneys and their clients should know what they’re paying for when they hire counsel to litigate their disputes. And the best way

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Ghost of Heller Ehrman: Who Owns Unfinished Work at a Failed Law Firm?

It’s a question that’s been nagging the legal profession for years: Does the work belong to the law firm or the lawyers? The question arises as the California Supreme Court takes a case connected to Heller Ehrman LLP’s 2008 bankruptcy and specifically looks at who owns the unfinished work of a failed firm — meaning all

IP Vet on the Rise of Trade Secrets and Value of Data

This week, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe announced a big move: Jim Pooley, who authored a seminal treatise on trade secrets is joining as senior counsel in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, leaving his solo practice behind. Pooley has worked at various big law firms before and served as a deputy director general at the World Intellectual Property

Stanford Launches Design Lab to Make Law More Accessible

Stanford University Law School launched a new initiative this month, the Legal Design Lab, with a mission to develop new user-friendly models of legal services and train law students in “human-centered legal design.” Margaret Hagan — a recent graduate of Stanford Law School and a lecturer at Stanford’s Institute of Design — will lead a group

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Silicon Valley IP Vet to Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has hired David Wang as an intellectual property partner in its Palo Alto office. Wang leaves Winston & Strawn where he was a partner. His practice focuses on complex litigation and cross licensing in electrical engineering and high technology for U.S. and Asian companies. In particular, he litigates patent infringement and trade secret suits and adversarial patent

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Tech Transaction Lawyer Becomes MoFo’s Newest Managing Partner

Morrison & Foerster tapped a San Francisco technology transactions attorney as the newest of its managing partners. Tessa Schwartz, co-chair of MoFo’s technology transactions group, advises clients in areas such as software, cloud computing, social media, Internet, mobility and wireless and e-commerce. Schwartz’s practice focuses on guiding clients, including Autodesk Inc., VMware Inc. and Yahoo!

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Law Firms to Spend $6.9M to Keep Client Data Secure

Law firms this year will typically spend more than $6.9 million on information security, or 1.92 percent of their gross annual revenues, a recently released survey of big law firms said. Client demands and obligations to protect data fueled investment decisions, cited by 59 percent of respondents in the Chase Cost Management (CCM) survey report