Reed Smith's New Valley Office Adds 3

Zusha Elinson

Cal Law—Legal Pad

October 28, 2008

While tracking the sad news of Thelen’s collapse today, we ran across a small bit of good news elsewhere in the local legal community. Reed Smith told us that it has added three new partners to its nascent Silicon Valley office.

The firm announced a new Palo Alto office in July with the addition of MoFo corporate partner Richard Scuddelari. Today, IP partner Craig Opperman and associate Carina Tan joined from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and corporate associate Michael DiSanto joined from MoFo. Both Tan and DiSanto will become partners at Reed Smith. All will be bringing clients to the new firm. And all murmured in the lateral partner mantra, which is of course “[Insert firm name here] has a great platform” when Legal Pad caught up with them today.

Opperman is a well-known IP counseling and transactions lawyer in the Valley. An equity partner at Morgan Lewis, Opperman said that he was attracted by Reed Smith for the opportunity to build an “IP asset-centric” practice. That means finding ways to make the most money out of patents, whether that means licensing, suing, selling or buying.

“We believe there is a huge demand from clients,” Opperman said.

Before joining Morgan Lewis in 2004, Opperman was GC and Chief IP officer at Health Hero Network, Inc. Previously he was Chief IP Officer OpenTV, Inc and a partner at Cooley Godward Kronish.

John Iino, who heads Reed Smith’s corporate and securities practice and spends time in the new Palo Alto office, said hard economic times aren’t necessarily a bad thing for the firm.

“We’re in a great position of being able to hire,” Iino said. “We’re seeing movement and we’re poised to act.”

Bill Vochoska of Alan Miles and Associates brokered the move.

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