Law firms and recruiters are calling daily in hopes of luring them away from Brobeck. While there’s a surge of interest in IP attorneys throughout firms in the Bay Area, interest in the Brobeck’s 27-partner group is the most intense.

Brobeck IP lawyers became a hot commodity last month when Clifford Chance announced it was hiring former Brobeck Chairman Tower Snow Jr. and as many as 20 Brobeck partners, primarily securities litigators. Clifford Chance said Tuesday that 17 Brobeck partners had accepted their offer.