Pair of Woodcock Washburn IP Litigators Join Duane Morris
Soroko told The Legal in March that IP litigation in the technology sector, doing work for clients like Cisco Systems and SAP, was one of the main drivers of its revenue growth in 2012.
In January, the firm opened a Silicon Valley office in Palo Alto, Calif., with the addition of former K&L Gates IP litigation partner Karineh Khachatourian and associate Patrick S. Salceda.
Soroko said at the time that the firm wanted to get closer to the types of clients that fall into the firm's IP "sweet spot," which he said was in the computer, high-tech and telecommunications space.
Speaking to The Legal on Friday, Soroko said the Silicon Valley office has been a success.
"It's really going very well from our perspective," Soroko said. "The real benchmark when you look at what kind of traction you're getting in a new office is, 'Have you had to hire anyone additional? Who and why?' We've added a number of additional associates to support the work out there."
Soroko said that, in addition to Khachatourian and Salceda, the Silicon Valley office now includes two other full-time associates, as well as about 10 other attorneys who split their time between Palo Alto and the firm's San Diego and San Francisco offices.
Soroko said he anticipates Wolfsohn and Goranin will also be "extremely active" in the Silicon Valley office.
With only one partner currently working in Palo Alto full-time, Soroko said there's a "very good opportunity for [Wolfsohn and Goranin] to plug in as partners at the first-chair and second-chair level."
Wolfsohn and Goranin told The Legal on Friday that the Silicon Valley office was one of the main things that attracted them to Duane Morris.
Wolfsohn, noting his respect for Khachatourian, said having a presence in that market is important because they have a number of clients in the software industry.