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Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward is striking back at New York rivals and hiring a top Wall Street lawyer from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.
Dan Mummery, one of the top communications lawyers in New York, is relocating to the West Coast and joining Cooley as a partner in the business department.
At Milbank Tweed he was head of the global technology transactions group, and he specialises in corporate formation, governance, private financing, complex technology transactions and M&A.
His clients include AT&T, United Airlines, Texaco, DuPont and General Motors, as well as technology companies such as Safeguard Scientifics, Metiom and Technology Partners.
He says: "Cooley approached me, and the more people I met there and the more I thought about it, the opportunity to move to a technology firm that was well positioned with a culture focused across all departments was very appealing.
"I grew up in a firm that does not have its roots in technology and I don't think has the consistency of culture focused that way. It's really a financial services firm that got into technology accidentally."
Mark Tanoury, head of the business department at Cooley, says: "Dan has proven he can be a strategic adviser and establish strong relationships with entrepreneurs. He has also demonstrated a broad level of complex transactional skills that will benefit our M&A and information technology groups."
Cooley is one of the top firms in Silicon Valley focusing entirely on technology companies. It has around 700 lawyers in eight offices in California, Colorado, Virginia and Washington state.
Earlier this month the firm lost its head of compensation and benefits Stephen Fackler to New York firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's Valley office (The Lawyer, 26 February).