Latham & Watkins is continuing an aggressive expansion programme in Silicon Valley, as its rivals lay off lawyers.
The firm is bucking the trend and adding a partner in its venture and technology practice group. Patrick Pohlen is joining from web services company 12 Entrepreneuring, where he is chief operating officer. Pohlen is a corporate and securities lawyer and a former partner of Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward, where he was head of the public offering practice. His move is the latest in a long line of hires to Lathams' Valley practice, which it boosted in September with another technology partner from telecoms company AirFiber (The Lawyer, 17 September). The firm is one of the few from outside the region to crack the Silicon Valley market. The office acts for high-tech companies and biotechnology clients as well as investment banks, venture capitalists and leveraged buyout funds. Clients include National Semiconductor, Mayfield Fund and Technology Crossover Ventures. Pohlen has a practice focusing on transactional, strategic and corporate representation of clients in life sciences, software and internet work. He also acts for investment banks in public offerings and private placements. Before becoming a partner at Cooley Godward he was a partner and member of the management committee at Kansas City firm Stinson Mag & Fizzell.