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Frank Moseley passed the California Bar Exam in February, and he’s been steadily building a Silicon Valley practice over the past 10 months. But his transfer from New York to Davis Polk & Wardwell’s Menlo Park office wasn’t complete until late last month — when the contents of his office arrived. Being surrounded by the furniture, artwork and mementoes he’s accumulated in his 28 years as a Davis Polk partner makes him feel at home. Moseley’s move has been in stages. He spent the bulk of his time this year in New York, wrapping up a major pro bono matter. But he’s been handling an increasing number of inquiries from Silicon Valley clients. Moseley said moving litigators to Menlo Park was part of the plan when the firm opened its outpost in 1999. But at the time, no one was certain when the corporate team would need litigators on site, he said. Last year, the 35-lawyer Menlo Park office started lobbying for litigators, and Moseley was asked to move to his native California. “We satisfied the need as best we could from New York,” Moseley said. “It just got to a stage where they were big enough and they needed someone here with the capabilities.” Moseley is one of two New York litigation partners who have transferred to Menlo Park in recent months, though both have been counseling Valley clients all year. Arthur Burke made his move official in July. Moseley gave up his New York apartment in October, and his office contents followed a month later. Aside from a desk Moseley’s had since 1975, the office contains handmade photo collages memorializing big cases and even a Lucite-encased chunk of asbestos that everyone says looks like a petrified bagel. “They’re things that don’t mean much to anybody else,” Moseley said. “It’s furniture I’ve had in my New York office for a long time.” Before Moseley starts coming across as a misty-eyed romantic, however, consider how much he disliked the idea of having to shop for new furniture. “It’s a very difficult and time-consuming task to go buy furniture,” Moseley said. “It takes a lot of work, and once you’ve done it, you don’t like to do it again.”

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