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Thriving Seattle Tech and Life Sciences Sector Draws National Law Firms to Washington

April 14, 2008

Fenwick & West LLP was recently spotlighted in a National Law Journal article entitled, "Thriving Seattle Tech Sector Draws Law Firms." Stephen Graham, Managing Partner of the firm's Seattle office, was quoted.

A thriving technology sector and a wave of construction in Seattle have lured about a half-dozen law firms to the Emerald City, most of them within the past few months. In February, Fenwick & West, based in Mountain View, Calif., and Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, based in Irvine, Calif., opened Seattle offices focused on patent litigation and prosecution.

Fenwick & West, which is based in Silicon Valley, has clients in technology and life sciences. In recent years, the legal markets in Seattle and Silicon Valley "have converged," said Graham, managing partner of Fenwick's Seattle office, who, along with two other partners, joined the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. "So it was a natural progression for Fenwick to open up in Seattle and tap into that market."

Graham, whose clients include SonoSite, Inc. and Acucela, Inc., is Co-Chair of the firm's Life Sciences Group. He said the office, which has eight lawyers, should expand to 30 in the next five years, primarily in intellectual property and securities.