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Dickstein Shapiro is expanding its intellectual property practice on the West Coast with a new deputy practice leader in Los Angeles and immediate plans to open an office in Silicon Valley. “The plan here is not just to grow in Los Angeles but all of California and to replicate as best as I can what Dickstein has done on the East Coast and elsewhere,” said Robert Dickerson, who announced on Tuesday that he had joined Dickstein Shapiro’s Los Angeles office as deputy practice leader of IP on the West Coast. “This was just the start of what I hope will be a significant growth period for us in California.” Dickerson, who joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he headed the firm’s IP practice in Los Angeles, said Dickstein Shapiro plans to open its Silicon Valley office within a few months and is considering launching another office in San Diego. Both moves are being driven by a greater focus on expanding the IP practice in California, where the firm has offices in Los Angeles and Irvine. Dickerson joined Dickstein with three other intellectual property lawyers from Orrick who will reside in the Irvine office: Yasser El-Gamal and Allan Jansen, both partners, and James Geriak, senior counsel. The Washington firm opened its Irvine office a year ago with the addition of Kimberly Chen Nobles, an intellectual property partner from Crowell & Moring. The office now has five lawyers. Dickerson spent 22 years at IP boutique firm Lyon & Lyon, where he was managing partner, before joining Jones Day, where he headed the IP practice in Los Angeles for six years. He joined Orrick about three years ago, he said. He has extensive experience in jury trials and evidentiary hearings in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and franchise cases. He said he anticipated sharing clients with the firm’s insurance coverage group, which is led by partner and executive committee member Kirk Pasich in Los Angeles. El-Gamal began his legal career as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has worked as an engineer at companies including 3M and Schlumberger Ltd. Jansen practices in trademark, copyright and trade secret law for a variety of companies, and Geriak has worked as a court-appointed special master and testified before Congress regarding the establishment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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