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Fenwick & West Adds Prominent Litigation Partner in Seattle – Brian D. Buckley to Lead Fenwick's Litigation Practice in Seattle

June 1, 2009 (Seattle, WA) – Fenwick & West LLP, a leading technology and life sciences law firm with offices in Seattle, Silicon Valley and San Francisco, is pleased to announce today that prominent Seattle-based litigation lawyer, Brian D. Buckley, has joined the firm and will lead the litigation practice in its Seattle office.

Mr. Buckley's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including trade secret and non-competition litigation, securities class actions, regulatory and internal investigations, shareholder derivative/fiduciary breach actions, and IP litigation. He has been recognized as one of "Seattle's 87 Top Business Lawyers" by Seattle Business Monthly, as a "Super Lawyer" and "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics, and as one of the top “40 Under 40" by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Fenwick Chairman Gordon K. Davidson stated, "We are especially pleased that Brian will be joining the Firm. Brian brings both breadth and depth to our litigation capabilities in Seattle. He has handled a wide variety of complex matters from commercial disputes to detailed special investigations. He has a stellar reputation in the legal community and possesses that rare quality of being practical, results-oriented and able to distill complex legal issues down to practical advice to achieve business objectives."

"Fenwick & West is a perfect fit for my practice," commented Buckley. "Fenwick has a strong and expanding local Seattle presence, and a national litigation practice with first-tier intellectual property, commercial and securities litigators. Fenwick combines cutting-edge legal work with a practical and collegial culture, which is compelling for both our lawyers and our clients. I am honored and excited to be joining the Firm, and I believe we offer a blend of expertise and personality that is unique in the Seattle market."

Stephen Graham, who heads Fenwick's office in Seattle, stated, "Brian is a rising star litigator, with a high level of energy and business savvy. He is a leader in the Seattle community and a stellar addition to our Seattle office."

Litigation Chair Darryl Woo said, "We are very pleased to add a litigator of Brian's stature and business acumen to our litigation practice. Adding Brian confirms our commitment to first-rate client service and exceptional legal capability."

Mr. Buckley received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Willamette University in 1993, and his law degree, Order of the Coif, from the University of Washington in 1996. Since 2002, Mr. Buckley has served as a Board member of Family Services of King County (Seattle’s oldest human services organization), and served as Board Chair from 2006-2008. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Mr. Buckley was a partner at DLA Piper and an associate at Foster Pepper in Seattle. Mr. Buckley has worked with diverse clients across a variety of industries, including Costco, Conseco, Fox Interactive Media, Harris Bank, InfoSpace, and Darigold.

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Gordon Davidson,, 650.335.7237;
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About Fenwick & West

Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP is one of the nation's premier law firms providing comprehensive legal services to national and international high technology and life sciences clients, particularly in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, antitrust, securities, venture capital and other corporate finance, corporate governance, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, intellectual property, taxation and employment and labor law. More information can be found on