The Silicon Valley Office is a thriving contributor to Weil’s remarkable record of success. The office boasts “gold standard” practice groups in the areas of Banking & Finance, Complex Commercial Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, Patent Litigation, Technology & IP Transactions, and Strategic IP Counseling. All practice groups in the Silicon Valley Office share a common passion for innovation and technology as well as a commitment to efficiency and excellence.
These values have earned the office an impressive client list, including such leading companies and private equity firms as Adobe, Applied Materials, Cisco, Core-Mark, eBay, Evercore, Facebook, Genstar Capital, Getty Images, The Gores Group, Illumina, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Maxim Integrated, Micron, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle, Samsung, Silver Lake, Synopsys, Tesla Motors, TPG, Vonage and Yahoo.
Pro Bono Initiatives and Community Service
Philanthropy is a cornerstone of the Silicon Valley office. Through its “Weil Gives Back” program, lawyers and staff collaborate with local charities, such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, Progeria Research Foundation, Wardrobe for Opportunity, American Lung Association, and Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, with respect to meaningful, and often life-changing, community service and pro bono legal projects.
The Silicon Valley office’s dedication to the community is evident through its history of pro bono success. For example, in 2015, Weil served as co-counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights and others in reaching a landmark settlement in the federal class action Ashker v. Governor of California that ended indeterminate, long-term solitary confinement in all California state prisons.
Over the years, Silicon Valley lawyers have also contributed thousands of hours of pro bono service to the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, including a recent case involving relief for a victim of family elder abuse. In recognition of the Firm’s commitment to providing pro bono legal services to communities in need, Weil was honored by the organization with the “Guardian of Justice” Award in 2016.
Awards and Recognition
- Leaders in M&A: Weil boasts the most partners in Silicon Valley recognized for Corporate/M&A with Craig Adas, Rick Climan, Keith Flaum, Kyle Krpata and Jane Ross ranked as leading lawyers in Chambers USA California Corporate/M&A section
- Technology Savvy: Only firm with two Band One-ranked partners – Karen Ballack and John Brockland – in Chambers USA in the category of California IT & Outsourcing; Keith Flaum named Law360 2016 MVP for Technology
- Top Ranked Patent Litigators: Weil recommended for Patent Litigation and Transactions in IAM Patent 1000 2016; Edward Reines named a 2016 Icon of IP by Law360
- Award Winning Female Partners: Karen Ballack, Anne Cappella and Jane Ross named among the 60 Women Leaders in Tech Law by The Recorder in 2015 and 2016; Anne Cappella named 2016 Woman of Influence and Karen Ballack named 2015 Women of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal