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Law—Foley & Lardner growth includes new IP experts



Other Law Firms Continue to Show Steady Growth, Too

Since August, the Downtown law firm of Foley & Lardner has announced several expansions and mergers, and opened new offices.

The firm now has a presence in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, among other metropolitan cities. Plans call for future expansion to New York, Tokyo and London.

More recently, the firm has attracted two prominent San Diego intellectual property attorneys, one from Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich and the other from Brobeck, Phlegar & Harrison.

Stephen E. Reiter, a former partner at Gray Cary, and Richard J. Warburg, a former partner at Brobeck, will focus on Foley & Lardner’s biotech, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors.

“Adding Dr. Reiter and Dr. Warburg to our team is a significant move for us, and they have much to contribute to our already strong IP department,” said Michael W. Grebe, chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner. “Their expertise in issues critical to technology-intensive enterprises substantially enriches our national resources.”

Reiter’s practice draws upon his doctorate in chemistry and nearly 20 years of experience, including positions both in-house and with law firms addressing intellectual property counseling, transactional issues, and all aspects of domestic and foreign patent prosecution.

His major representations have included work on behalf of the Salk Institute, American Biosciences, Medinox and UC San Diego.

Warburg, who holds a doctorate in molecular biology, handles IP litigation, strategic counseling and prosecutions, and has been lead counsel on a variety of patent and trade secret lawsuits.

Over the last 15 years, Warburg’s counseling practice has involved him in a variety of technical fields, including genetic engineering, immunology, and biomedical diagnostics. He also has secured patent protection for biotechnology-related innovations worldwide.

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More Growth: Foley & Lardner isn’t the only San Diego firm experiencing growth.

Seven new associates recently joined Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek. They include Alaina M. Alexson, Stephen J. Segreto, Robert M. Traylor, Matthew M. Mahoney, Robert E. Jenkins and Joseph D. Raskin. Brobeck, Phlegar & Harrison recently added 16 new associates. They are Moana L. McMullan, Julia A. Miller, Natalie J. Morgan, Andrew D. Skale, Anatoly Weiser, Michael A. Whittaker, Stephen Leggatt, Kari E. McCulloch, Bonnie J. Moncada, Matthew W. Onaitis, Michael Sessine, John H. Thomas, Charles Weir, Nick Wenbourne, Alexander M. R. Lyon and David M. Buchanan. Robert I. Brandenburg joined Klinedinst, Fliehman & McKillop as firm controller, and Linda K. Dean was promoted to human resources director.

Best Companies Champions: In other news, Brobeck, Phlegar & Harrison was among four law firms selected by Fortune magazine as one of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The other firms were Fenwick & West of Palo Alto, Alston & Bird of Atlanta, and McCutchen Doyle of San Francisco.

“The legal profession is undergoing rapid change,” said Tower C. Snow Jr., Brobeck’s chairman. “It has come in the form of increased competition for market share, consolidation, as well as the adoption by some firms of more enlightened management practices. The smart firms are realizing that their success depends upon the support and buy-in of every individual.”

The Great Places to Work Institute in San Francisco commissioned the employee-driven survey. Two-thirds of the scoring consisted of the responses from anonymous questionnaires that were distributed to attorneys and staff in a random selection process.

Some of the perks and benefits for Brobeck staff and attorneys include: a Valentine’s Day bonus, matching funds for charitable contributions, stock investment funds for everyone in the firm, a home loan assistance program and laptop computers for all attorneys and staff with management duties.

Send law related news to Ward at dward@sdbj.com.

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