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After years of practicing law in Silicon Valley, a team of 20 former Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison lawyers finally scored an office on Menlo Park’s storied Sand Hill Road. Of course, to get to Silicon Valley’s premier corporate address, the lawyers had to join a Los Angeles firm. Following Brobeck’s collapse earlier this year, Warren Lazarow, a startup specialist, David Furbush, a litigator, and a handful of others joined L.A.-based O’Melveny & Myers. For months, some of the new hires have been parked at O’Melveny’s overflowing office on Marsh Road in Menlo Park. Others, like Furbush, were working out of boxes in O’Melveny’s San Francisco digs. Last week, the team made the big move to Sand Hill. “There wasn’t room for me,” Furbush said. “I feel like I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the past six months.” Furbush is anxious to unpack the boxes that crate his former Brobeck office as much for the psychological effect as for the sheer convenience. “It’s going to be great being in the Silicon Valley office,” Furbush said. “For O’Melveny, Silicon Valley has been a market that we have really wanted to enter in a big way, and now we have the opportunity to do that.” David Krinsky, the managing partner of O’Melveny’s Valley office, said the firm got a sweet deal on the space that once housed Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Valley contingent. Krinsky has a team of 30 lawyers with the Brobeck hires, but the new space can house up to 70 lawyers, he said. “It’s a great location, and it’s great for our clients,” Krinsky said. “Sand Hill Road speaks for itself.” Scads of venture capital firms line Sand Hill Road, making it the center of the nation’s largest concentration of venture capital and an address synonymous with the technology industry.The O’Melveny team actually looked at some 15 different properties from Foster City in the north to Palo Alto in the south before narrowing down the options. Despite the cachet of the new address, Krinsky said he wasn’t wooed by the image of running a law office on Sand Hill. Instead, he was drawn to the real estate deal. But Lazarow, a partner, said he’s tickled to be within walking distance of his clients. In the first week in the new space, Lazarow strolled around to visit about a half-dozen of his clients. “It’s densely populated with investors, so they’re not far away,” Lazarow said. “It’s always better to walk to clients.”

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