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Edward Mullowney, a veteran Silicon Valley intellectual property litigator who launched Fish & Neave’s Palo Alto office in 1992 but left the firm for Shearman & Sterling in 2001, died Friday of an apparent heart attack. He was 59. Mullowney ended a 21-year tenure with Fish & Neave when he stepped down as managing partner of the firm’s Valley office and joined Shearman to help kick-start an IP litigation group. Mullowney had worked in Fish’s New York office for 12 years before moving to the Bay Area with a team of associates to open a satellite. Fish partner Mark Rowland, one of the associates who helped start the office, said Mullowney was a powerful manager and grew the office to more than 40 lawyers before he left. He also put his ego on the line to pull people together, sometimes entertaining his troops by taking the stage with the band at company parties, Rowland said. “He took a big role in making sure that everyone in the office was working together,” Rowland said. “Most of our office is empty right now, because they’ve gone to Ed’s house — it’s such a close relationship.” At Shearman, Mullowney was known as down to earth, and as John Wilson, managing partner of Shearman’s West Coast offices put it, “a joy to be around.” James Bucher, a Shearman partner, went so far as to call Mullowney “probably the most good-natured attorney I have ever seen.” Mullowney is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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