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LAW — Cooley Godward Move Reveals ‘Extraordinary Growth’

Casey, Gerry Announces

Three Attorneys Have

Recently Made Partner

An impending move is not just a sign that a law firm is growing. It is “a reflection of the extraordinary growth in the San Diego technology community.”

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That is how Fred Muto, San Diego partner-in-charge at Cooley Godward LLP, describes his firm’s decision to lease 135,000 square feet of office space near UCSD.

San Francisco-based Cooley Godward recently signed a 10-year lease in a building under construction at 4435 Eastgate Mall, in the University Towne Centre area. The firm expects to move there in late 2001.

Cooley Godward already occupies 56,000 square feet on three floors of a nearby high-rise building. Lisa St. John, the firm’s director of administration, said Cooley Godward wanted to find office space that would keep its employees together while accommodating growth.

The local office now has more than 75 attorneys in San Diego, up from 68 in March.

Recent additions to the firm have included two partners: Dennis Childs, who came over from San Diego’s Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, and Harry Rubin, who came from Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C. Financial details of the lease were not disclosed.

Cooley Godward represents information technology and life sciences companies as well as the investors and financial institutions that fund them.

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Letterhead Changes: Casey, Gerry, Reed & Schenk, a Banker’s Hill plaintiff’s firm, has announced three attorneys recently made partner. They are Gayle Blatt, Robert Francavilla and Thomas Penfield. Before joining the firm, Penfield was a full-time clinical professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. Francavilla was previously an associate at Casey Gerry. Blatt was also an associate at Casey Gerry, and started her law career at the same place: as a clerk. Fish & Richardson P.C. has welcomed Dariush Adli as an associate in its University Towne Centre office. Adli was previously with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP in San Diego, and has a doctorate in nuclear engineering and chemistry.

Pro Bono Notes: Writer and radio personality Garrison Keillor will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Justice For All dinner benefit for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Downtown’s U.S. Grant Hotel. The San Diego County Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of San Diego, the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego are all co-sponsors of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, which last year provided legal help to 5,000 indigent clients. Dinner tickets are $150. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. For information, call (619) 235-5656, ext. 115. Greta Glavis and Jeff Bloom, principals in Downtown’s Glavis & Bloom, have provided two years of pro bono work to San Diego County Habitat For Humanity. Gabriella Mora of Habitat For Humanity passed along that word, adding the organization’s board is grateful. She said the duo provided legal help on matters such as title, contracts, insurance and more. Bloom estimated the firm provided about 15 hours of work per week.

Graves’ law column appears weekly. Items may be sent via E-mail to bgraves@sdbj.com.

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