Cooley Godward to launch in Washington

West Coast firm Cooley Godward is to open an office in Washington DC following a raid on DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary which has included the hire of the former managing partner of Gray Cary’s Washington office.

Partners Margaret Kavalaris, Michael Marinelli and Tami Howie join from DLA Piper’s Washington office, and will form the core of Cooley Godward’s new Washington DC office. It is the firm’s second office on the East Coast after launching its 60-lawyer practice in Reston, Virginia, in 1999.

Kavalaris, a general corporate finance and securities practice specialist, served as the managing partner of Gray Cary’s Washington DC office from 2003 until the DLA Piper merger earlier this year. She also served on the firm’s executive committee from 1996 until 2004.

The Washington office is expected to focus on corporate, technology, banking, intellectual property, litigation and international trade regulation.

Marinelli specialises in the federal regulation of international trade, while Howie focuses her practice on corporate and securities law. They will be supported by a number of lawyers who are due to move across from the Reston office.