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Perkins Coie LLP and Brown & Bain, P.A. to Join Forces

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SEATTLE (June 23, 2004) Perkins Coie LLP and Brown & Bain, P.A. announced today that the two firms will combine, effective July 1, 2004.

Perkins Coie, known for its full-service, technology-oriented legal services, and Brown & Bain, renowned for its strength in intellectual property litigation and counseling and complex commercial litigation, will together be able to offer their clients a range of new and deeper capabilities.

"This is an incredible fit," said Bob Giles, Perkins Coie managing partner. "Brown & Bain has a well-earned, sterling national reputation. They supplement our strengths in IP and complex litigation so that, together, we will be among the very top firms in the country. They work extensively in California, where we are continuing to grow, and give us a substantial presence in Phoenix, which is one of the nation's fastest-growing economies."

"Joining with Perkins Coie offers our clients two very important things," said Joe Mais, Brown & Bain managing director. "First, although we have always been strong in litigation, the combination gives us incredible depth and talent that will enable us to handle any type and any size of IP or complex commercial case anywhere in the country. Second, Perkins Coie's strength in corporate, intellectual property, labor and employment and regulatory law complements and broadens our transactional practice, enabling us to provide clients with the full range of business services."

Clients of the new firm applauded the combination.

"Honeywell International has received superior representation in complex litigation from both Brown & Bain and Perkins Coie," said Mark Larson, Chief Litigation Counsel for Honeywell Aerospace. "This merger will create a firm with impressive litigation credentials and abilities."

"My company has long turned to Brown & Bain for top notch transactional and litigation services," said Lynn Jones, Manager of Legal Relations at Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation. "With this merger, the talent pool we can rely upon has grown even deeper."

Giles and Mais both noted that, in addition to the client benefits and strategic rationale, the firms deeply respect each other's culture.

"From the beginning, it was like looking at a mirror image of our firm, in terms of style, values and priorities," said Mais. "Both firms have very talented lawyers who truly like practicing with one another. There are a number of very positive pre-existing relationships among lawyers at the two firms. The management and operational philosophies are remarkably similar. And, we are excited to be part of a firm that values its employees the way we do. We are particularly impressed that for the second year in a row Perkins Coie is on FORTUNE magazine's list of the nation's '100 Best Companies to Work For.'"

Perkins Coie, with approximately 550 lawyers in twelve American cities and two cities in Asia, has historically represented market leaders in traditional and cutting-edge technology industries. Its clients include FORTUNE 100 companies such as The Boeing Company, Microsoft, Costco Wholesale, Albertsons, Dell Computer, United Parcel Service, Washington Mutual and Weyerhaeuser. It also represents fast-growing technology companies such as Amazon.com, ICOS, Zymogenetics, Expedia and Getty Images.

Brown & Bain, with approximately 70 lawyers based in Phoenix, represents a broad range of technology and business leaders, including Intel, Cypress Semiconductor, Maxim Integrated Products, Microchip Technology, Vitesse Semiconductor, Honeywell International, United Technologies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Newmont Mining Corporation, Phelps Dodge Corporation, Best Western International, America West Airlines and GAF Corporation.

In Arizona, the combined firm will be known as Perkins Coie Brown & Bain P.A.

 

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.