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November 21, 2011 2:22 PM

Expansion-Minded Kasowitz Opens Silicon Valley Office

Posted by Ross Todd

In the latest move to build its intellectual property practice, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman announced Monday that has opened an office in Silicon Valley.

Douglas Lumish, the San Francisco–based chair of the firm’s IP group, will serve as office managing partner. Located in Redwood Shores, California, the office opened with eight lawyers who focus on IP litigation.

Lumish tells The Am Law Daily that the lawyers now working in Redwood Shores include the group that joined Kasowitz with him from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in January and a first-year associate hire. Lumish adds that Kasowitz hopes to add three more lawyers to the office soon and aims to expand its Silicon Valley head count to between 15 and 20 lawyers during 2012.

At Weil, Lumish served as trial counsel on high-profile patent litigation matters for clients such as Microsoft and Oracle. According to Lumish, Kasowitz is currently handling pending patent litigation matters for Apple, Oracle, Skype, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Yahoo!, navigation company Trimble, and translation company TransPerfect.

The opening of the Silicon Valley office caps a year of expansion for Kasowitz's IP group, which now has about 30 lawyers spread between New York, Atlanta, and Silicon Valley. The firm followed up the Weil hires in May by bringing on a team of eight IP litigators from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, including New York partner N.E.B. "Jack" Minnear and Atlanta partner John North. The Sutherland group previously represented such clients as Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Gemstar-TV Guide International, and Raytheon Company.

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