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San Francisco firm Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is taking on five intellectual property partners to boost its Washington DC office and launch a new outpost in Northern Virginia.
The technology firm opened the Washington office last year and these are the first IP lawyers to join the practice.
The new office will be just 15 miles north of Washington, in the high-tech corridor - placing the firm close to the area's rapidly expanding technology companies.
The five new partners give the firm added weight before making the move, which will see it effectively become one office spread over two locations.
Anthony Shaw, Michael Songer and Cono Carrano, specialists in IP litigation, come from local IP and antitrust firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White. The other two, biotechnology lawyers Rodger Tate and James Remenick, come from Texas firm Baker Botts.
The five bring with them a wealth of clients including Campbell Soup Company, Intel and Samsung.
Managing partner of the Brobeck Phleger's Washington DC office John Missing says: "It was our intention from the outset to have a very strong IP litigation practice and we have just been reviewing and rejecting résumés for the last 18 months.
"Our overall goal is to be the dominant technology firm in the region and this will bring us to 45 lawyers."
The office currently has five partners and 25 assistants doing corporate transactional work and a partner and four associates doing securities litigation. The new intellectual property capability will significantly boost that corporate practice.
Missing says: "If an IP lawyer is hired by a company that we don't represent then once they are in the stable we have an opportunity to pitch them for the transactional work. There is tremendous cross-selling potential."