Pepper Hamilton Opens Silicon Valley Office

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Pepper Hamilton CEO Scott Green

Pepper Hamilton has opened a Silicon Valley office with the addition of three intellectual property partners from Goodwin Procter, the firm announced Tuesday.

The new office, located in Redwood City, Calif., is the firm's third California office after Los Angeles and Orange County.

Gregory S. Bishop specializes in complex patent litigation and joins as partner in charge of the new Silicon Valley office.

Thomas F. Fitzpatrick joins as co-chair of the firm's IP litigation practice. He will work with existing practice co-chairmen Paul J. Kennedy, a Philadelphia partner, and Goutam Patnaik, a Washington, D.C., partner.

Fitzpatrick focuses his practice on patent, trade secret, trademark and technology licensing litigation.

Andy H. Chan joins as a partner in the IP department and focuses his practice on patent litigation involving complex technology in the biotechnology, chemical and information technology fields.

Pepper Hamilton Chief Executive Officer Scott Green told The Legal on Tuesday that the new office is part of the strategic plan the firm implemented in June 2012.

According to Green, the firm had been servicing clients in the Silicon Valley from its Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., offices but felt the time was right to establish a physical presence in the region.

"We really felt we needed boots on the ground there, particularly because of the docket we have in the upcoming year," Green said.

According to Green, the firm spoke with a number of attorneys in the Silicon Valley about opening the new office and was even prepared to move some of its existing lawyers out to California to get the new location up and running, if necessary.

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