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Perkins Coie Opens New San Diego Office With 4 IP Lawyers, Plans 50 Lawyers There in 3 Years

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Perkins Coie has opened a new office in San Diego with four lawyers, in the first step of a planned expansion of both its California presence and its intellectual property practice.

The firm hopes to have 20 lawyers in San Diego by the end of the year and 50 attorneys there within three years, managing partner Bob Giles tells the National Law Journal.

“Part of our strategic plan is to grow California, and part of our strategic plan is to grow IP litigation and IP generally,” he states. “It hit both of those markets.”

The more than 700-lawyer Seattle-based firm has added some 200 lateral attorneys since 2005, notes a press release about the new office. Perkins Coie now has four California offices and 100 attorneys in the state, as well as more than a dozen other offices in the United States (primarily in the West and Midwest), Beijing and Shanghai.

Joining Perkins Coie as partners in San Diego are Thane Bauz, who previously was with Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, and Bing Ai, John Schnurer and Brian Wacter from Fish & Richardson. All were also partners at their former firms.

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Updated on June 3 to link to subsequent post.

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