A&L Goodbody has added to its presence in the US with the launch of a San Francisco office.
The move follows the firm’s launch in Palo Alto 18 months ago (22 December 2011), and gives A&L Goodbody its third office in the US. It has been present in New York for many years.
Partner John Whelan is relocating to San Francisco to head up the office, where he will lead a new international technology practice. The team will serve US clients which have or want to set up in Ireland, as well as Irish companies moving overseas to Silicon Valley.
Managing partner Julian Yarr said the opening came on the back of a successful launch in Palo Alto and the development of “significant relationships and clients” in Silicon Valley.
Yarr added that the San Francisco office would also broaden the firm’s West Coast offering into Los Angeles and north to Seattle.
Other Irish firms with Californian offices include Arthur Cox, Matheson and William Fry.
For more on the Irish technology sector, see last year’s special report, Land of the giants.