Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to Open Boston Office
Jan 13 16
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati announced that the firm will open a Boston office in February 2016 to better serve the growing life sciences community as well as the expanding technology, energy, and other growth companies resident in the market. The firm's Boston office, which is its 10th U.S. location and its 15th worldwide, will initially be led by partners Dr. Lou D. Lieto, Mark R. Fitzgerald, and Mark C. Solakian, who is joining the firm,. Lieto and Fitzgerald will both relocate from the firm's Washington, D.C., office. A team of associates, patent agents, and scientific advisors will also be based in the new office. Lieto joined the firm in 2006. His intellectual property practice focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, and IP due diligence in a variety of fields, including adoptive cell therapy, biofuels, immunotherapeutics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and stem cells. Fitzgerald, who joined the firm from Boston over 15 years ago to help open its first East Coast office in the Mid-Atlantic region, has a corporate and securities practice that focuses on representing public and private life sciences, technology, and national defense clients. Prior to starting his legal career, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1987 to 1992 while stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. Solakian will join WSGR as a partner in the firm's life sciences practice. He served most recently as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Bedford, Massachusetts-based Joule Unlimited Technologies Inc.
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati Elects 13 New Partners
Dec 7 15
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati announced that it has elected 13 new partners from its attorney ranks. The promotions will become effective on February 1, 2016. The 2016 partners-elect are: Erik Franks, Corporate and Securities. Based in Palo Alto, Franks has extensive experience in a variety of securities offerings and debt and derivative transactions, including offerings of convertible notes, high-yield notes, and investment-grade notes; secured and unsecured bank financings; and call spread transactions, accelerated stock repurchases, foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate swaps, and commodity derivatives. Nicole Gambino, Energy & Infrastructure Finance. Based in San Francisco, Gambino specializes in renewable energy and project finance and, in particular, related tax matters. She represents both equity investors and developers in the financing of wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass facilities, utilizing a variety of structures. TJ Graham, Intellectual Property. Based in Palo Alto, Graham focuses on technology-driven commercial transactions, specializing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, digital media, and information technology. Jeana Kim, Corporate and Securities. Based in Seattle, Kim handles corporate and securities law matters for emerging growth companies, venture capital firms, and public companies. She represents clients in connection with venture capital financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law and governance matters. Sriram Krishnamurthy, Employee Benefits & Compensation. Based in New York, Krishnamurthy focuses on the representation of private and public technology and growth companies with respect to executive compensation and employee benefits matters. Lou Lieto, Intellectual Property. Based in Washington, D.C., Lieto concentrates on patent prosecution, licensing, strategic patent counseling, mergers and acquisitions, global generics, and IP due diligence in a variety of fields, including biologics, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, clean energy, diagnostics, embryonic stem cells, medical devices, transgenic animals, and gene therapy. Douglas Portnow, Intellectual Property. Based in Palo Alto, Portnow focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling. He regularly works with inventors to prepare new patent applications and draft amendments in response to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions. Portnow is also experienced in patentability, validity, and freedom-to-operate studies. Jennifer Schmidt, Litigation. Based in San Francisco, Schmidt specializes in patent litigation, with a particular focus on defending technology companies against claims of patent infringement. Her practice encompasses a wide range of technological fields, including computer hardware and software, video compression, smartphone apps, network security, search algorithms, and consumer products. Douglas Schnell, Corporate and Securities. Based in Palo Alto, Schnell focuses on shareholder activism and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate advisory work. He has extensive experience assisting companies with shareholder activism, challenges to corporate control, and governance matters. Schnell has represented acquirers, targets, and investment banks in a number of significant U.S. and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, leveraged buyouts, and other corporate matters Amy Simmerman, Corporate and Securities. Based in Wilmington, Simmerman provides clients with advice on Delaware corporate law, including with regard to fiduciary duties, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, defensive measures, advancement and indemnification, dissolution and liquidation, and statutory requirements and issues. In addition, she has experience with special committee assignments and internal investigations. Jason Skolnik, Corporate and Securities. Based in San Diego, Skolnik has a broad corporate and securities practice that includes mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, joint ventures, corporate finance, and corporate advisory work. He represents companies in a wide variety of industries, including biotech, medical device, and media and entertainment. Jeff VanHooreweghe, Antitrust. Based in San Francisco, VanHooreweghe focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust law, including criminal grand jury investigations, civil investigations, private litigation, merger clearance, and compliance counseling. He has extensive experience advising clients on a variety of different matters before federal agencies and courts both in the United States and abroad. Jie Zhu, Corporate and Securities. Based in Shanghai, Zhu represents corporations and private equity funds in a wide range of complex domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs, and going-private and capital markets transactions. His experience spans a variety of industries, including healthcare, technology, consumer products and services, telecommunications, transportation, energy, and media and entertainment.