Fenwick West Adds Three Prominent Corporate Partners In Seattle; Expands Life Sciences Practice

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Fenwick West Adds Three Prominent Corporate Partners In Seattle; Expands Life Sciences Practice

Stephen Graham, Roger Tolbert and Alan Smith to Launch Fenwick's Seattle Office

Press Contacts:

San Francisco/Silicon Valley:

Gordon Davidson, gdavidson@fenwick.com

Kate Fritz, kfritz@fenwick.com

Seattle:

Stephen Graham, sgraham@fenwick.com

Alan Smith, asmith@fenwick.com

February 8, 2008 (Seattle, WA) - Fenwick & West LLP, a leading technology and life sciences law firm with offices in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, announced today that three prominent Seattle corporate lawyers, Stephen M. Graham, Roger M. Tolbert and Alan C. Smith, have joined the firm and will launch its Seattle office.

Fenwick's Chairman Gordon K. Davidson stated "We have been very interested in the Seattle market for some time because we have some key clients there and the legal practice is similar to our practice in Northern California. When the opportunity to add this stellar group of lawyers appeared, we knew we had the nucleus for building the preeminent technology and life sciences practice in Seattle.

"Steve Graham is a trusted corporate counselor with a high profile and an impeccable reputation in the Seattle business community. Roger Tolbert is an exceptionally talented licensing attorney with deep expertise in life sciences, and Alan Smith is a recognized young star with a substantial and rapidly growing corporate practice. They are exactly what we were looking for to launch an office in Seattle and expand our global technology and life sciences practice.

"We think Seattle presents a very attractive growth opportunity for us; it is a vibrant center of innovation in technology and life sciences and a gateway for international commerce with many similarities to Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Initially, we expect to have 8 to 10 lawyers in Seattle but plan to grow the office to 20 to 30 lawyers over the next few years."

Graham, who will head Fenwick & West's Seattle office and serve as Co-Chair of the firmwide Life Sciences Group, said "In Fenwick, we see a platform that matches our strategy perfectly and will enable us to grow our practice in Seattle rapidly. Fenwick & West is widely recognized as one of the leading technology and life sciences law firms in the country.

"It is one of the most active venture capital, IPO and M&A law firms in the country. In addition to its impressive emerging company and public company corporate practice, Fenwick has deep intellectual property expertise,...

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