Four years ago, Mark Poe left the security—and confines—of Morrison & Foerster, where he’d just been promoted to of counsel, to open a litigation boutique with his old Stanford Law classmate Randolph Gaw, a former associate at O’Melveny & Myers.

Last week, their San Francisco-based firm got a birthday present of sorts: Poe on May 31 had two different eight-figure appeals affirmed by two different appellate courts. Sweeter still, these were literally his first and second cases after leaving MoFo to launch Gaw Poe.