December 28, 2016
Weil’s Silicon Valley office was profiled in a Daily Journal article looking back at the Firm’s history in the region over 25 years. The article highlights how, in 1991, Weil became the first global, non-California law firm to open an office in Silicon Valley to serve technology clients. Since then, the office has established itself as a pioneer and leader in the Bay Area, with approximately 60 attorneys practicing, including 12 at the partner level, across six practice groups.
Silicon Valley Managing Partner Craig Adas was quoted saying, "When we first came out here, the indigenous firms said, 'They're very smart people, they're good lawyers, but they don't understand technology and they don't understand how deals are done in Silicon Valley.’ We very quickly showed them that we not only know technology very well, but that we also know how to do deals."
The article details the office’s strength in representing technology companies, and discusses how the office launched with a focus on the IP and Patent Litigation practice, but quickly expanded to include members of the corporate and M&A and IP Transactions practices. Clients have included Facebook, Inc., Oracle Corp., Intel Corp., Micron Technology, Yahoo Inc., eBay Inc., Panasonic Corp., Genstar Capital LLC and Gores Group LLC.
Silicon Valley partners Karen Ballack was also quoted throughout the article discussing what sets Weil’s Silicon Valley office apart from other firms in the area and why long-term clients continue rely on Weil for top-quality work. Dallas partner James Griffin was also mentioned.