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Perkins Coie to Add Four IP Litigation Partners from Howrey

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PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA (March 08, 2011) – Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that James F. Valentine, Daniel T. Shvodian, Christopher L. Kelley, and James C. Pistorino will be joining the firm as partners in the Patent Litigation Practice in the firm’s Palo Alto office.

“Perkins Coie is a wonderful fit for us, offering great synergy with our practices and providing us an excellent platform,” Valentine noted.  “We were attracted by the firm’s impressive commitment to client service and its formidable patent litigation roster.”

“We are delighted that these exceptional attorneys are joining Perkins Coie,” said Ed Wes, managing partner of Perkins Coie's Bay Area offices.  “The firm is committed to enhancing our Bay Area patent litigation practice and these additions, along with several other recent hires, give us a strong platform in the Bay Area from which to better serve our clients.”  With the addition of these lawyers from Howrey, the firm will have over 75 patent litigation lawyers and over 200 in its overall intellectual property practice.

Valentine represents corporate clients and universities in intellectual property litigation.  He has practiced before the federal district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission.  Shvodian specializes in matters concerning patent infringement, copyright violations, unfair competition, breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation.  Kelley has led patent litigation teams in cases involving networking equipment, semiconductor fabrication, mobile telephony, CDMA applications, encryption, computer system architecture and other technologies.  Pistorino represents corporate clients in intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. 

The firm has been recognized for its accomplishments in the legal profession, its commitment to diversity and its excellent client service.  In January, the firm was recognized by FORTUNE magazine for the ninth consecutive year as being one of the “100 Best Places to Work.”  In addition, the firm was recently named as one of the “2010 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms” by Yale Law Women.  For the second consecutive year, the firm was named one of the “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine and national consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers LLC and also earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating of 100% in the 2009 and 2010 Corporate Equality Index.  In addition, the firm received the corporate Partnership Award for Supporting People with Disabilities

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.