California Practice



California is the economic engine for many national and global industries as well as home to a collection of iconic, world-class cities and unique markets. It is the place where mind-bending technology and cutting-edge businesses are born, grow and thrive.

Perkins Coie opened its first office in Los Angeles, California over 25 years ago. Since then, we have grown to four offices in key locations, San Francisco, Menlo Park (now Palo Alto) and San Diego, as well as Los Angeles.

The success of a law firm depends on a combination of factors:

  • Quality services delivered to clients at a fair price,
  • Trusted relationships with clients, and
  • A relentless focus on helping clients truly succeed.

We are committed to these principles in our service to clients. Perkins Coie represents successful companies headquartered in California, as well as companies operating in the state. From Internet giants to social networking start-ups, we offer the resources of 100+ California-based lawyers supported by 600 more lawyers in offices stretching across the country and into China.

This is a brief summary of our core legal strengths and our deep expertise and experience in a few representative California industries. We hope you find it helpful and look forward to learning more about how we might help you succeed in your future endeavors.

Matthew Bernstein
San Diego
Managing Partner

Ronald A. McIntire
Los Angeles
Managing Partner

Christopher Kao
Palo Alto
Managing Partner

Barbara J. Schussman 
San Francisco
Managing Partner


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