Fenwick & West Continues to Grow its Seattle Office Rapidly, Adds IP Partner Andrew Serafini To Continue Expansion of Life Sciences Practice

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Gordon Davidson,, 650.335.7237
Kate Fritz,, 415.875.2328

Stephen Graham,, 206.389.4520
Andrew Serafini,, 206.389.4596

April 14, 2008 (Seattle, WA) – Fenwick & West LLP, a leading technology and life sciences law firm with offices in Seattle, Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Boise, announced today the addition of Andrew T. Serafini, Ph.D., as a partner in its firmwide intellectual property group. Dr. Serafini is resident in the firm's Seattle office, where his practice focuses on strategic intellectual property counseling for life sciences companies.

Fenwick's Chairman Gordon K. Davidson stated, "Andrew is a stellar life sciences patent counselor with extraordinary credentials. He has a strong client base that includes public and private life sciences companies and major research institutions in Seattle and California as well as across the country and abroad. He is the fifth partner we have added to our Seattle office since its opening in February, joining corporate partners Stephen Graham, Alan Smith and Bill Bromfield and strategic licensing partner Roger Tolbert. We expect to continue to expand our Seattle office rapidly in life sciences as well as technology generally. We are proud to add an attorney of Andrew's quality to Fenwick & West."

Serafini said, "When I learned that Fenwick & West had opened an office in Seattle, I immediately realized that it would be the ideal platform for me to build my practice. Fenwick has a strong reputation and a robust practice in intellectual property, litigation and corporate finance for life sciences companies. In addition, I have worked with Steve, Alan and Roger on a number of mutual clients and have the highest regard for them as professionals and as people. So it was a natural decision for me. I am thrilled to become a part of this exceptional team."

Stephen Graham, who heads Fenwick's office in Seattle, stated, "Andrew's unique life sciences intellectual property skills complement perfectly the corporate and licensing capabilities of our existing Seattle partners, who have practiced in the life sciences area for decades. As a team, we are now able to bring to bear a level of technical know how, experience and judgment unmatched in the Pacific Northwest. When combined with the extraordinary resources we can draw upon from other parts of the firm, we can compete favorably anywhere in the country."

Dr. Serafini has extensive experience in patent prosecution, strategic IP counseling and management, due diligence and litigation support. Dr. Serafini provides intellectual property legal services to biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and other life sciences companies, particularly in the areas of immunology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics and protein chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical therapeutics and medical diagnostics. His clients include emerging companies as well as public companies in the life sciences sector, as well as public and private universities and research institutions throughout the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California, as well as across the country and abroad.

Dr. Serafini is a member of the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Washington State Patent Law Association, Licensing Executive Society, Biotechnology Industry Organization and Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

Dr. Serafini received a J.D. in 1998 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. He also received a Ph.D. in immunology in 1994 from the Stanford University School of Medicine and a B.S., with honors, in biochemistry in 1986 from the Case Institute of Technology of Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the Washington Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, he was a partner at Woodcock Washburn in Seattle.

About Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West, with over 275 attorneys in Seattle, Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Boise, has a leading technology and life sciences practice with a national reputation and international reach. It is a full service law firm with leading practices in mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings, venture capital financing, intellectual property prosecution and counseling, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, tax planning and tax litigation. Recent highlights of the firm's practice include:

  • Client Service: One of the top U.S. law firms for client service, as ranked in each of the past six years (2001-2007) by BTI Consulting's survey of Fortune 1000 companies
  • Life Sciences M&A: Ranked by Mergerstat as one of the top 15 U.S. law firms for life sciences M&A, based on deal value and volume of transactions handled in 2007
  • IPOs: Ranked by American Lawyer Media and Global Securities as one of the top IPO issuers' counsel in the United States, with top 10 rankings in multiple years
  • Public Companies: Ranked by Corporate Board Member as one of the top five corporate law firms in northern California for publicly traded companies
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Ranked by MergerMarket as one of the top 5 technology M&A practices in the U.S., with #1 rankings in multiple quarters
  • Private Equity: Ranked by Private Equity Analyst as the #8 most active U.S. law firm for private equity deals in 2006
  • Trial Practice: The firm's $74.7 million verdict in a patent jury trial on behalf of Asyst Technologies was cited by The Daily Journal as the third largest IP litigation verdict in Northern California in 2007 and by American Lawyer in April 2007 as one of the Top Five largest patent litigation verdicts during the prior 18 months. Many notable complete defense wins in litigation both before juries or in pretrial proceedings.
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Protection: Ranked by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the top five West Coast firms in both IP litigation and IP protection
  • IP Litigation and Counseling: Ranked by IP Worldwide as one of the top dozen firms that Fortune 500 companies rely on for IP litigation and counseling
  • Securities Litigation and Special Investigations: Successfully defended some of the largest securities class actions in the country. Handled dozens of special investigations of alleged accounting irregularities, stock option backdating and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Antitrust Litigation: Overturned an antitrust verdict against our client Leegin Creative Leather Products by persuading the United States Supreme Court to overrule its 96 year old precedent making vertical price agreements per se illegal.
  • Tax: Awarded First Tier status by International Tax Review, one of only eight law firms in the U.S. to receive this rating in 2008 and recognized by ITR as the Tax Litigation Firm of the Year in 2007.
  • National and International Recognition: The firm's attorneys are routinely lauded for their achievements by American Lawyer, Best Lawyers, Chambers, Corporate Legal Times, Daily Journal, Intellectual Property Worldwide, International Tax Review, Managing Intellectual Property, Northern California Super Lawyers and Woodward White.
  • Use of Technology: Awarded "Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm" in 2005 by American Lawyer Media for the firm's proprietary electronic discovery and due diligence system
  • Diversity: Ranked by Minority Law Journal as one of the top five most diverse law firms in the U.S.