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February 8, 2011 3:16 PM

Wilmer Picks Up Howrey IP Partner

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr announced on Monday that Robert Galvin is joining the firm's Palo Alto office today as a partner in the intellectual property litigation group.

Galvin is the latest partner to leave Howrey, and with more than 15 years of experience advising clients in the biotechnology and software industries, he is a significant addition to Wilmer's trial team. Am Law Daily sibling publication The Recorder reported on the move on Monday, saying that Galvin had a reputation as one of Howrey's "more significant rainmakers" in its Palo Alto office.

Galvin joined Howrey in 2009, when it merged with his former firm Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder. He told The Recorder on Monday that he had weighed an offer from Winston & Strawn, but since that option presented client conflicts, he decided to accept Wilmer's offer last week.

"I felt that Wilmer was more attractive for me personally," he told The Recorder, adding that the firm is known for working on high-stakes litigation and for representing high-profile companies like Apple Inc. and Intel Corporation.

In the past, Galvin has represented such clients as Amgen Inc., SAP, Sun Microsystems Inc., and Symantec Corporation in various IP cases, according to his bio on the Howrey Web site. The deal was brokered by Silicon Valley recruiter Daren Wein of MLegal Consulting Inc.

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